Surrogate Specialist Tina Koopersmith
Surrogacy is an effective solution when a woman’s uterine condition prevents conception.
There are many reasons to consider surrogacy, including:
- If you've had your uterus surgically removed
- If you've experienced failed IVF cycles, even with genetically normal embryos
- If you've had repetitive, early or late miscarriages
- If you have an illness that makes pregnancy dangerous to your health
- You are a single male or a male in a relationship with another male
Why Chose Surrogacy
There are several other reasons why couples choose to use surrogacy. It’s a particularly effective option if, for instance, a man wants biologically related children, but his partner’s uterus isn't able to sustain a pregnancy. Surrogacy helps resolve this issue by giving parents the ability to birth a biological child by having a woman other than the mother carry (gestate) the baby for nine months.
Types Of Surrogacy
There are two types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational. Traditional surrogacy, by definition, is when the surrogate is also the genetic mother, providing both the egg and the uterus in which the baby develops. Because the surrogate is using her own egg, she usually conceives through Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).
Gestational surrogacy, which is more common nowadays, occurs when the surrogate is carrying the baby but has no genetic tie to the embryo. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is used to create an embryo, and that embryo is implanted into the surrogate. The egg may be from the intended mother or from an egg donor. Similarly, the sperm may have come from the intended father or a sperm donor. In any of these scenarios, the surrogate mother is only involved in the gestation of the child that was conceived in the IVF lab and transferred into her uterus.
Finding The Right Surrogate
Finding the right surrogate mother can be difficult and expensive, but it can certainly be done. Sometimes a family member or friend might be willing to be a surrogate, but there are also surrogacy agencies that contract with women willing to be gestational carriers.
There are several legal issues that must be addressed when considering surrogacy. Individual states and countries have different laws about egg donation, sperm donation and surrogacy. Lawyers are required to work out the logistics so the intended parents’ rights are upheld.
Together We'll Find A Way
We are here for you if you decide that surrogacy is the right choice for you. We will do all we can to support you throughout the surrogacy process, so please feel free to ask our fertility specialists if you have questions.
We look forward to meeting you, learning about you, and helping you to be healthy and happy. To schedule an appointment you can call the West Coast Women's Reproductive Center at (818) 616-9277 or make an appointment online.