Carrying a pregnancy involves serious physical strains on a woman’s body, and for myriad reasons, not all women are able to carry and deliver a baby themselves. When IVFMD’s expert reproductive endocrinology/infertility doctors determine that carrying a pregnancy may jeopardize the health or life of the woman and/or her baby, she becomes eligible for having another woman carry her pregnancy for her; this is called surrogacy.
The Third-Party Reproduction Department and the expert reproductive endocrinologists at IVFMD work collaboratively with surrogacy agencies, psychologists, and attorneys to best assure the surrogate is healthy, that our patients understand the possible psychological issues they may face during this process, and that all legal papers are in place to protect all involved parties prior to beginning any fertility treatments or implantations.
Once all parties are cleared, sperm and eggs from the “commissioning couple” – the intended mother and father – are used to create embryos in IVFMD’s in vitro fertilization laboratory. The resulting embryos are cryopreserved (frozen) in anticipation of a future thaw and transfer process into the expertly prepared uterus of the surrogate, who will carry the baby to term.
Why might a woman be deemed unable to carry her own baby?
Some reasons why a woman might not be recommended to carry her own baby include:
Physical limitations such as a prior accident that resulted in severe damage to the pelvic bones resulting in a situation in which the uterus cannot expand as a baby grows
Having had multiple miscarriages and been found unlikely to sustain a successful pregnancy despite all treatments to prevent further pregnancy loss.
The woman’s uterus has been removed by a surgical procedure called hysterectomy
Medical history makes it unlikely or impossible to successfully carry, grow, and nourish a baby; for example, if she underwent an organ transplant and needs to take immunosuppressive medications for the rest of her life to prevent rejection of her transplant, she should not carry a pregnancy
What is the woman who carries the pregnancy in surrogacy called?
The woman who carries the pregnancy is called a surrogate, or gestational carrier.