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Choosing a
Gestational
Carrier

Hundreds of babies are born annually via gestational carrier, making parenthood possible for same sex male couples, transgender women, and those unable to carrier a pregnancy due to a medical condition.

Relying on another person
to nurture and grow your baby
takes a lot of trust.

 

If you’re considering working with a gestational carrier to help build your family, here are some questions you may be having around who a gestational carrier is, how the process works, and what to expect along the way.

A gestational carrier (GC) is a woman who carries a pregnancy on behalf of another person or couple. Unlike a surrogate, a gestational carrier is not genetically linked to the baby being carried. Eggs are fertilized in a lab, and the embryo is placed into her uterus.
We will help you navigate the process of finding suitable, experienced agencies to work with, but you are ultimately responsible for deciding who your GC will be. The nature of the relationship comes with your gestational carrier comes down to what makes you most comfortable. Legal contracts are signed by both parties so that everyone is clear about their roles and responsibilities, for as many thing as can be anticipated.
Gestational carriers are women who have been extensively screened in order to qualify, and there are a series of requirements that need to be met before they become eligible. Many gestational carriers have personally known someone who needed to use a GC to achieve a family. There are a series of medical and social requirements that need to be met prior to becoming a GC. These women have completed extensive psychological and medical screening, a background check and had a prior successful pregnancy. If they have an intimate partner, their partner must undergo psychological and medical screening as well. The women who complete and pass through the extensive screening are highly committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
While it may seem financially prudent to try and have your GC carry two fetuses at once, twin pregnancies are related to a number of increased risks for the mom as well as the baby. Given these risks, our goal is to give you the best chance of successful pregnancy with the lowest possible likelihood for twins.
For many, the biggest hurdle to moving forward with a gestational carrier is the high cost that this process presents, for services including:

• Navigating the IVF or Donor IVF process to develop your embryos
• Transferring the frozen embryo into the GC’s uterus
• Paying your gestational carrier for their services
-Agency fees
-Legal fees
• Providing OB insurance for your GC
• Additional incidental costs

All told, a cycle with a gestational carrier ranges in total costs from about $100k-200k.

 

As a Third Party Patient Navigator, I work with intended parents to coordinate each step of the matching process, and am there as a resource and to help support patients throughout their journey. I feel lucky to be a part of our intended parents’ path to parenthood. I’m rooting for them during their entire time with us, and feel overjoyed when they find success and can “graduate” from being Spring patients to becoming Spring parents!

 

RACHEL S. | PATIENT NAVIGATOR, NY

 

 

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When you’re ready to speak in more detail about your specific situation and family-planning goals, we’re here to help.

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