Building Your Family through Gestational Surrogacy
- Once you have determined that gestational surrogacy is the best option for you, you will need to select a gestational surrogate. We can help you coordinate with a reputable agency.
- The surrogate and intended mother (or egg donor, if one is needed) will then undergo a thorough examination.
- All parties will sign appropriate legal documentation.
- The intended mother or egg donor will need to take medication and develop multiple eggs to prepare for IVF. The surrogate will also be prescribed medications to prepare for the embryo transfer.
- Once the follicles are mature, the intended mother or donor will undergo the egg retrieval procedure.
- The eggs will be fertilized with the sperm of the intended father or sperm donor, and will develop in the lab.
- The embryo transfer will be performed about five days after egg retrieval.
- The surrogate will carry the baby to term and deliver the child.
Benefits of Gestational Surrogacy
Removing the biological tie of the surrogate can also simplify the legalities surrounding surrogacy. California is a “surrogacy-friendly” state. The Uniform Parentage Act that allows intended parents to establish parentage before birth, and offers protection of this status throughout the process.
Any questions or concerns you may have regarding gestational surrogacy can be thoroughly addressed during your consultation to ensure that you feel completely comfortable with this solution.