A surrogate is someone who is genetically related to the child that they are carrying. In addition to carrying the pregnancy, the surrogate acts as the egg donor. A surrogate is most commonly used for men with a same sex partner. Can be coupled with IVF or IUI.
A gestational carrier only carries the pregnancy, and is not genetically related to the child they are carrying. The child can be genetically related to the intended parents or the eggs can be from a completely different egg donor. Can be coupled with IVF or Donor Egg IVF.
be used interchangeably for the rest of this page.
Process of Using Gestational Carrier
Creating an Embryo
Through in vitro fertilization (IVF), we will help you create an embryo in our state-of-the-art lab. If necessary, we offer both donor egg and sperm services. Whereas traditional surrogacy involves the use of the surrogate’s eggs, a gestational carrier would not be genetically related to the baby.
Finding a Gestational Carrier
The next step would involve working with an agency to match you with a carrier. Legal counsel would be required to determine financial compensation, risks, and responsibilities. The gestational carrier would also need to undergo a physical and psychological evaluation prior to starting the process. Although there are many considerations in selecting your carrier, our third-party reproductive team will walk you through every step of the way!
Once your embryo is created and you have selected your carrier, we would begin preparing your carrier for an embryo transfer. In compliance with state laws, the transfer would be at either the Yale Fertility Center or the New England Fertility Institute, who are partners of Generation Next Fertility