Gestational Carriers, Third Party Reproduction, IVF and You
Sometimes infertility and fertility treatment go past intrauterine inseminations and Chlomid. Sometimes fertility treatment goes past IVF (Invitro Fertilization) as well.
For many different reasons, you may need to consider third party reproduction. Third party reproduction is when a gamete (egg or sperm) is needed from a source outside of the intended parents.
A gestational carrier is needed when there is an inability on the part of the intended parents to carry a pregnancy to term. Those reasons include, but are not limited to, a deficiency in the physical aspects of the uterus; it's dangerous to the woman's health to be pregnant or give birth; the intended parent or parents are men.
Here are some general guideline that are considered "safe practices" in choosing a gestational surrogate.
Choosing a Gestational Carrier
- The ideal gestational carrier is a woman who has had a previous uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery, is medically and emotionally healthy and financially stable.
- Both the intended parents and the surrogate mother undergo medical and psychological evaluation and legal counsel prior to finalizing the arrangement.
Couples have a few options when it comes to choosing a gestational carrier. Some people are most comfortable with the idea of having a woman they already know (family member or friend) carry and give birth to their child.
Oftentimes, due to the personal connection, a surrogate in this category does not receive compensation for her services, although the intended parents usually cover her medical expenses.
More surrogacy arrangements occur between strangers who are facilitated by agencies, attorneys or websites that match prospective parents with gestational carriers. Under this legal arrangement, the surrogate mother is paid a negotiated fee for her services in addition to having all her medical expenses covered.
The decision to pursue a gestational surrogate arrangement should be made thoughtfully after due consideration and counseling.
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding gestational surrogates. Here at Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT, we have a dedicated team of professionals with all different skills to help you make decisions that you are comfortable with.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.