Magee Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology
The Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is a fertility center where surrogate mothers, intended parents, and egg donors can have their medical procedures done as part of their surrogacy process.
This woman-focused fertility center, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), specializes in women’s health and is home to state-of-the-art obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive services. Continue reading to learn more about the alternative reproduction services offered at the Magee Center so you can prepare for your surrogacy journey through Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc.
Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
300 Halket Street #5150
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Types of Third-Party Reproductive Options
Whether you are the intended parents or a surrogate mother embarking on your surrogacy journey, you will need to undergo and complete certain medical procedures to accomplish your goal of creating a new life. Below, we discuss the most common fertility procedures that could be a part of your surrogacy arrangement.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
ICSI, or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, involves the selection of a single sperm by a microneedle and its injection into a viable egg in the hopes of accomplishing forced fertilization. This incredibly effective procedure allows men who have low-quality sperm or a low sperm count to still be able to create children who are biologically related to them.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is very similar to ICSI in that motile sperm are used to fertilize a viable egg produced by the intended mother or surrogate mother. The difference is that in IVF, thousands of viable sperm are simply mixed with an egg in a petri dish, as opposed to being injected into the egg.
The goal is to fertilize the egg so that the embryo can then be implanted into the uterus of the surrogate mother.
Egg Donation at Magee Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology
The Magee Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology has an entire egg donation program where women who meet specific requirements can donate their eggs to a couple or a single woman in need. Some of the minimum criteria their egg donors must meet include having a high school education, being a nonsmoker, and being under the age of 33.
The egg donor process begins with what is known as a “trigger injection” in the days before the egg retrieval process. Thirty-six hours after the donor is given the trigger injection, she will undergo egg retrieval, which involves the drainage of the fluid in the ovarian follicles in the hopes of finding viable eggs within the follicle on an ultrasound.
The eggs are then suctioned out with a specialized needle and donated to an individual or family who needs donor eggs to have a baby of their own.
Consult with Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. Now
Now that you have a better understanding of some of the reproductive services offered at The Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, you can contact us at Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. for help finding or becoming a surrogate mother.
You can schedule your free consultation now by giving our office a call at 412-281-9906 or clicking the contact button at the top of this page.