How Does Surrogacy Work?

If you are an intended parent who is trying to conceive a child but you are struggling with infertility, surrogacy can be an excellent way for you to fulfill your dreams of having a biological child without needing to carry the child yourself. 

In the surrogacy process, an egg is either donated or taken from the biological mother’s uterus and  fertilized with donated sperm or the biological father’s sperm through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The embryo is then transferred into a surrogate’s womb, in which the embryo develops into a baby during pregnancy.

Surrogacy may feel like an uncomfortable or overly involved option, but with the help of a knowledgeable and respected agency, you will have assistance choosing a surrogate mother, drawing up legal contracts, and ensuring that you and the surrogate mother receive excellent medical care. At Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc., we put your family first and support you every step of the way. 

Finding a Surrogate

When looking for a surrogate mother, you will need to decide whether you want to move forward with traditional or gestational surrogacy. In a traditional surrogacy arrangement, the surrogate mother will use her own egg. Artificial insemination is used to place the sperm into the surrogate mother’s womb, and the egg and sperm will then ideally produce an embryo.

Finding a surrogate mother when pursuing traditional surrogacy may involve a more detailed search process because the genetics of the surrogate mother will affect the child more directly. Rather than ensuring only that the mother is healthy for pregnancy, you will also want to ensure the mother’s genetic background is suitable for your child’s future.

In gestational surrogacy, we help match you with a surrogate who has a healthy body mass index, is within healthy childbearing age range, has already carried a baby to full-term in an uncomplicated pregnancy, has no sexually transmitted diseases, and is a non-smoker with no history of recreational drug use. We want your surrogate to be as healthy as possible so that your child is healthy, as well.

Talk with a Respected Surrogacy Agency

Once you are confident with your chosen surrogate mother, the process becomes easier. At Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc., we will walk you through both the IVF and embryo transfer procedure so you feel comfortable and confident. We will also draw up any legal contracts and anticipate potential legal issues ahead of time. We want you and your surrogate to focus on your relationship during this special time.

If you have any other questions about surrogacy or want to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options, call our office at 412-884-2229 or click on the button at the top of the page.