Gestational Surrogacy Process
If you are an intended parent or a potential surrogate mother, it is essential to assess your options for surrogacy thoroughly before moving forward with this life-altering decision. There are two methods of surrogacy: traditional and gestational surrogacy. Gestational surrogacy is the most common.
Gestational surrogacy uses in vitro fertilization to create an embryo between a donated egg or the intended mother’s egg and a donated sperm or the intended father’s sperm. The embryo is then transferred to the surrogate mother’s uterus to develop.
At Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc., we want our intended parents and surrogate mothers to understand all aspects of the gestational surrogacy process in order to make a decision that best suits their needs. Our team will do its best to answer any questions you have throughout this journey and swiftly address your concerns.
In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer
Depending on your desires and capabilities as intended parents, you may choose to use your own egg and sperm to create an embryo using gestational surrogacy. Many intended parents choose gestational surrogacy over traditional surrogacy because it gives them the choice to have a child that is biologically theirs.
Even if you cannot have biological children, gestational surrogacy allows you to choose both the egg and sperm donor, and ultimately, the genetic makeup of your child. Once you choose the egg and sperm, in vitro fertilization is used to extract the eggs from the original womb. The owner of the eggs must take hormone shots to stimulate egg production.
Once the doctor extracts the eggs, they are placed in a laboratory container with the sperm. The egg and sperm then fertilize and produce an embryo over the course of a few days. Once the embryo is formed, the surrogate mother will come in for the embryo transfer. Typically, the doctor will place multiple embryos in the surrogate mother’s womb to increase the chance of pregnancy.
Legalities of Gestational Surrogacy
Laws on gestational surrogacy vary by state, but in Pennsylvania, gestational surrogacy is legal and intended parents can compensate surrogate mothers for their services. It is important for both the intended parents and the surrogate mother to hire trusted legal representatives who can create contracts before proceeding with the surrogacy process.
Once the contracts are signed, both parties can feel more comfortable in their roles. The surrogate mother can give birth to the child knowing she is financially protected, and the intended parents can go through with the pregnancy knowing they have legal rights to the child after the birth.
Costs of Gestational Surrogacy
Gestational surrogacy typically costs more than traditional surrogacy because in vitro fertilization is necessary. The intended parents must pay for any medical procedures that occur before pregnancy, all medical costs associated with pregnancy and birth, agency fees, legal fees, and compensation for the surrogate mother.
Contact an Experienced Surrogacy Agency
Although gestational surrogacy can cost more than traditional surrogacy, it is often less of an emotional burden because the surrogate mother is not the biological mother of the child.
At Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc., we do our best to ensure everyone involved in the surrogacy process is as comfortable as possible. If you have questions, you can contact our team and schedule a free consultation by calling 412-281-9906 or by clicking on the button at the top of this page.