Arkansas Fertility & Gynecology Associates offers gestational surrogacy.
A Gestational surrogacy is when a surrogate mother provides only her uterus and has no genetic relationship to the baby. This is the most common type of surrogacy performed in our program.Third-Party Reproduction Booklet Gestational Carrier (surrogate)
When is a Gestational Surrogate Recommended?
Women who have had a hysterectomy, but still have their ovaries, will need a gestational surrogate if they wish to have a biologic child of their own. Some women are born without a uterus or may have a uterus that is not shaped normally. These women also may benefit from the use of a gestational surrogate. Lastly, some women may have a severe medical condition that would make carrying a pregnancy too dangerous for them. A gestational surrogate would be indicated for these women also.
Gestational Surrogacy Process
In a gestational surrogacy cycle the biologic mother takes fertility drugs to stimulate her ovaries to produce multiple eggs. The eggs are harvested from her ovaries and fertilized in vitro (IVF) with her husband’s sperm. The resulting embryos are transferred into the uterus of the gestational surrogate. The gestational surrogate takes hormones to synchronize her cycle to that of the biologic mother. If a pregnancy results, the gestational surrogate is kept on these hormones until the end of the 1st trimester. Pregnancy rates with gestational surrogacy are determined primarily by the age of the biologic mother. The younger the mother, the better the chance of the surrogate conceiving.