WHY USE A GESTATIONAL CARRIER
Sometimes the challenge in getting pregnant lies not with the egg or sperm but with the uterus. If you have been unable to carry a healthy pregnancy to term — or you are in a gay male partnership — you may want to consider using a gestational carrier.
HOW USING A GESTATIONAL CARRIER WORKS
You may already have a gestational carrier in mind or you can choose one with the help of an agency.
There are two types of carriers:
- Traditional – This is where the carrier becomes pregnant with her own egg, which is fertilized by the intended father’s sperm or donor sperm. The carrier is therefore genetically related to the child.
- Gestational Carrier – This much more common route is where the egg from the intended mother or an egg donor is fertilized by sperm from the intended father or donor sperm through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
Whichever arrangement you choose, the process typically takes between 14 and 18 months before you are able to hold your new baby in your arms. But before you move forward, it’s important to learn all you can about the process ahead.
WHEN USING A GESTATIONAL CARRIER WASN’T YOUR PLAN
Finding out that using a gestational carrier is your best chance of having a child may not be the news you want to hear when you were planning on becoming pregnant yourself. It’s one of the reasons we offer emotional, psychological, and financial counseling at our practice. We will provide you with thoughtful guidance throughout the process and help you feel as empowered as possible about all the choices that are yours to make. Begin discussing your options to parenthood today by contacting us or call 480-946-9900.