A “surrogate” or gestational surrogate is an older term for what we now refer to as a “gestational carrier”. A gestational carrier (GC) is a woman who accepts to bear (or be pregnant with) the child of another woman who is incapable of becoming pregnant using her own uterus. The gestational carrier provides a host uterus for the offspring, and does not contribute genetic material, i.e. the carrier is not the egg source. The offspring’s genetic material may come from the egg and the sperm provided solely by the aspiring couple (referred to as the “intended parents” or IP) or in combination with donor egg and/or donor sperm depending on the needs of the intended parents.
Patients who need gestational carriers include those who: