Surrogacy is an arrangement whereby a woman (the gestational carrier) agrees to bear a child for another person or persons who will become the child’s parent(s) after birth.
Traditional surrogacy when the surrogate is also the egg donor of the child she carries. She is artificially inseminated with the male intended parent’s sperm. There are many legal implications involved with this type of surrogacy and therefore, is not common or recommended as much as the Gestational Surrogacy.
Gestational surrogacy is when the surrogate or gestational carrier does not have a genetic link to the child she is carrying. The IPs will have an IVF cycle providing their own eggs and sperm (or donor egg or donor sperm) in order to create viable embryos to transfer to the GC. This is the most widely used type of Surrogacy.
A Gestational Carrier is a woman who agrees to carry a child for someone else. The GC is not genetically related to the child.
Some women become gestational carriers because:
They love their own children and have completed their families and are empathetic of others who are in need of assistance in creating a family.
They have had enjoyable, uncomplicated pregnancies.
The surrogacy process may enable them to stay at home with their children and/or enable them to contribute financially to their family.
It is an opportunity for paying it forward/blessing someone; regardless of race, religion, political views, or education level.
Unlike other big surrogacy agencies around the country, Family Formers, Teresa and Leila will be there every step of the way to make sure that YOU are taken care of throughout the entire journey.
Most GCs I speak to about surrogacy, say that they would like to be one because they love to be pregnant and have completed their families. Other ones just want to help another family have their children
For me, these reasons are true, but my story goes a little deeper. When I was 17 years old, my OBGYN told me he didn’t think I’d be able to have children. Without any valid reason or testing, this was a random thought that he blurted out to me during a visit. At a young age, for a moment, I was on the shoes of many of the couples GC’s help build their families. How can I not be able to have children?