A gestational surrogate, aside from being an angel on earth, is a woman who acts as a “host carrier” for a couple or individual, due to medical or personal reasons is unable to carry their own child. Through the process of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), embryos NOT genetically or biologically related to her, are implanted into her uterus via an embryo transfer (ET). This process is either a fresh transfer of embryos or the transfer of those frozen from a previous IVF cycle. This process is called a frozen embryo transfer (FET).
A Gestational Surrogate:
- Achieves pregnancy via ET or FET (with the Intended Parents embryo(s).
- Carries the baby(ies) to term.
- Upon delivery, relinquish the little miracle baby(ies) to the care of their parents.
As the gestational surrogate, you are not genetically related to the child(ren), thereby negating many of the legal/ethical issues surrounding traditional surrogacy. You are, in essence, “renting your womb.”