What is a Gestational Carrier?
A Gestational Carrier, often called a surrogate, is a woman who carries and gives birth to a child for another individual or couple. The Gestational Carrier has no genetic relationship to the child, and she is compensated for the time, effort and risk of the services she provides.
What is the Gestational Carrier process?
There are several Gestational Carrier agencies who offer matching services that help individuals or couples find a gestational carrier. The process to choose a gestational carrier is comprehensive and carefully done; the qualifications of candidates including criminal background checks, age, and more information are reviewed. Obstetric, general and emotional health status and tests are determined and assessed. Financial and legal documents and consent forms are completed. The intended mother or egg donor provides the egg and the intended father or sperm donor provides the sperm. The egg from the intended mother or egg donor is removed and fertilized with the sperm to create an embryo. Then, the embryo is transferred to the gestational carrier who carries the child until birth. Since the embryo is created from the egg and sperm of the intended parents, the gestational carrier has no genetic connection to the child. The intended parent(s) acquire legal rights of parenthood either before or after the child is born.
What is a Gestational Carrier Treatment Package?
These packages typically cover screening and monitoring for both the provider of the eggs and the Gestational Carrier, as well as the transfer of the embryo to the uterus of the Gestational Carrier. Many packages also include an additional FET (frozen embryo transfer), if the initial transfer was unsuccessful. They do not include services of agencies who locate gestational carriers, legal services, obstetrical services, or compensation or benefits to gestational carriers.
Who offers Gestational Carrier Packages?
The majority of ARC network medical practices offer gestational carrier packages for you to participate in.