What is a gestational carrier?
A gestational carrier (GC), also known as a gestational surrogate, is a person who agrees to carry a baby through a pregnancy for an individual or couple. The GC provides a host uterus but does not contribute any genetic material (eggs) towards the creation of the embryo. The embryo is created from eggs from one of the intended parents or an egg donor and fertilized with sperm from one of the intended parents or a sperm donor.
WHEN TO CONSIDER THIS SERVICE
Using a Gestational Carrier is an option if you wish to have a child but are unable to do so because of:
- Not having a uterus
- Having a uterus that is abnormally shaped, has a thin endometrial lining, had been scarred, or other such conditions
- Medical conditions that would make pregnancy risky to your life or the life of the fetus
- Recurrent IVF failure
- Biologic inability to conceive or bear a child
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TREATMENT
- If you have determined that a GC is appropriate for you then the next thing would be to identify a potential GC*.
- Once identified, the GC will undergo a medical assessment (which includes screening lab work, a transvaginal ultrasound and a uterine cavity assessment).
- After the medical assessment and screening is completed, the intended parent(s) and GC meet with a licensed counsellor.
- Following the counselling consultation, legal counsel is required in order to complete a legal agreement between the intended parent(s) and the GC.
- If the intended parent(s) will be contributing eggs through IVF, the IVF cycle may be timed to the embryo transfer cycle.
The Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHR Act 2004) prohibits several surrogacy related activities. Surrogacy itself is not banned, but payment of consideration or the offer of payment to a surrogate is a prohibited act. Therefore, Mount Sinai Fertility does not facilitate finding a GC nor do we work with surrogacy agencies.