What is Gestational Carrier IVF?
Gestational Carrier IVF is also known as Gestational Surrogacy. Some women are unable to pursue pregnancy using their own uterus for a variety of reasons. Some of our patients have undergone cancer treatment or are undergoing therapy for another serious medical condition that precludes pregnancy. On occasion obstetrical complications in a previous pregnancy make carrying another baby dangerous and ill-advised.
In such cases we can use the process of IVF to produce embryos for future transfer into a Gestational Carrier who has met strict medical criteria in terms of the likelihood of having an uneventful pregnancy. In most cases, the embryos are created from the eggs and sperm of the couple who are desiring of pregnancy, but on occasion eggs from an egg donor may be needed depending on the circumstances.
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A Gestational Carrier Shares No Genetic Information With the Baby She is Carrying
A gestational carrier shares no genetic information with the baby she is carrying since the baby is the product of IVF using the eggs and sperm of the genetic parents.
Gestational Carrier IVF is a Good Option for Some Patients
If you have certain medical conditions, disorders of the uterus, or a history of poor pregnancy outcomes (such as preterm labor) that preclude carrying a pregnancy, you doctor may recommend that you consider using a gestational carrier.
Choosing Gestational Carriers
Gestational carriers are usually well known to the couple and may be relatives or friends. There are also agencies that introduce gestational carriers to prospective patients. In such arrangements, the gestational carrier is usually compensated for her time and energy. The ideal gestational carrier is a woman who has had a previous uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery.
Screening Gestational Carriers
Prior to any IVF treatment, we thoroughly screen our gestational carriers according to ASRM guidelines.