surrogacy is a fertility treatment whereby someone with a uterus (the surrogate) agrees to carry a child for another person or persons, who will become the child’s parent(s) after birth.
needing a surrogate
in recent years surrogacy has become a popular option for family building alternatives. patients turn to surrogacy for a variety of reasons. those include:
many lgbtq+ couples (particularly same sex male couples) choose surrogacy in order to become parents. through surrogacy, couples can have at least one partner with a genetic tie to their child. in this process, the person or couple, called the intended parent(s), contract with a gestational surrogate to carry the pregnancy. although surrogacy may seem very complex, to put is simply: a surrogate is someone with a uterus who carries a pregnancy for another person or couple.
how it works
almost all couples using surrogacy to conceive will use a gestational surrogate, which is when the surrogate (or gestational carrier), does not have a genetic tie to the child they carry. this makes legal arrangements much clearer, even if using donor eggs or sperm. in some cases, the intended parent will undergo ivf, contributing the egg and sperm to create an embryo that will be transferred into the surrogate. in essence, this is the same process as an ivf cycle, without the embryo transfer back into your uterus. for lgbtq+ couples and single-parent families, one intended parent will contribute their egg or sperm but a sperm donor or egg donor will be used to create that embryo. some may even use a donated embryo.
gestational surrogacy can get complicated from a legal perspective, so at the moment mate will be working with surrogacy agencies. you can be assured the agencies we work with have been properly vetted to ensure they align with our mission and values. in the future, we hope to bring these services completely in-house to offer more affordable options for patients. the agency will help identify and partner you with a potential carrier and create all legal contracts between the parties. we will provide a list of agencies we prefer.
the ideal surrogate falls within the guidelines of the american society for reproductive medicine (asrm). the surrogate should be a healthy person with a uterus between the ages of 21 and 42 (preferably younger than 35), with a history of a normal pregnancy and full-term delivery without complications.