Gestational Carrier (Surrogacy)
Here at the WASHU Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center, we believe that you should have all options available to you to build your family, which is why we offer gestational surrogacy.
Gestational surrogacy is when a woman carries a pregnancy for another couple. The intended parents (IPs) go through an IVF cycle to create the embryos which are then transferred into the uterus of the gestational carrier (GC). This can be done either fresh (i.e 3-5 days after the embryos are created) or frozen (i.e the embryos are frozen and then transferrred at a later time)
For this to occur, the carrier takes hormones to prepare the uterus for implantation. The gestational carrier has no genetic relationship to the baby.
Gestational carriers are often found through an agency, but can also be a friend or family member. Before being accepted to serve as a gestational carrier for one of our patients, the potential carrier must have a thorough medical and psychological evaluation at our Center. Our staff can assist you in the search for a gestational carrier and coordinate your surrogate cycle.
Making the decision to use a gestational carrier can be difficult but we believe that having a child with the help of a surrogacy can be an exciting and fulfilling way to grow/build your family.
If you would like to learn more about whether a gestational carrier is right for you, Call us to schedule an appointment: 314-286-2400.
Read more about gestational carriers from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine