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WHAT IS IVF SURROGACY?

IVF surrogacy uses a third party “gestational surrogate” to carry the pregnancy when a patient is unable to carry a baby to term herself. The gestational surrogate signs a contract with the intended parent or parents to undergo an embryo transfer procedure using embryos created through IVF.

For heterosexual couples, this generally means using embryos that are from the eggs and sperm of the intended parents. This means that the couple can have a child that is genetically theirs, just as if they had been able to conceive on their own. LGBT couples may choose to use IVF surrogacy, using donor eggs and/or donor sperm.

In all cases, the gestational surrogate has no genetic ties to the baby.

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WHY IVF SURROGACY?

IVF surrogacy provides the ability to have a child who shares the genetics of both the mother and father, even when pregnancy is not possible for the woman. Some women are medically unable to carry a child to term, but are still able to produce healthy eggs, making surrogacy a great option. Whatever the reason of a case may be, using an IVF surrogate can provide a path to parenthood for patients where other methods have failed.

At the Institute for Human Reproduction, as is the case with all forms of infertility treatment we offer, we maintain rigorous standards. Surrogate mothers come to us from only the most respected professional surrogacy agencies.