IVF with Egg Donor and Gestational Carrier
What is a gestational carrier?
If a woman is incapable of becoming pregnant using her own uterus, she has the option of using a gestational carrier. A gestational carrier (once referred to as a 'surrogate' or 'gestational surrogate') agrees to carry and give birth to the child of another woman.
Who may need a gestational carrier?
A gestational carrier may be recommended when the female partner:
- Does not have a uterus
- Has an abnormal uterine cavity
- Has had several recurrent miscarriages
- Have had recurrent failed IVF cycles
- Has a medical issue for which pregnancy is not advised
What is the role of a gestational carrier?
The gestational carrier provides a 'host uterus' for the offspring, however, she does not contribute genetic material.The recipient parent(s) may use their own egg and sperm or, depending on the situation, use donor egg and sperm.
When using an egg donor with a gestational carrier to achieve pregnancy, the recipient is referred to as the "intended parent(s)," indicating that it is the intention of all parties that the recipient is the legal parent(s) of the offspring. The gestational carrier sustains the pregnancy through the point of delivery.