For some, welcoming a child into the world is among life’s top priorities. If a woman is unable to carry a pregnancy to term, gestational surrogacy may be the best option. Also called a surrogate, a gestational carrier is a woman who carries and delivers a child for a couple or individual.
Surrogate mothers are impregnated through the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF). This is a treatment option for managing infertility, in which doctors create an embryo by fertilizing eggs from the intended mother or an egg donor with sperm from the intended father or a sperm donor. Because the gestational carrier doesn’t provide the egg, she is not genetically related to the child.
The Yale Fertility Center’s Third Party Reproductive Program has achieved successful results for couples from around the country and all over the world for more than 20 years.
“Gestational surrogacy is a great option for people who really want to be parents but have faced long odds.” says Emre Seli, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist. “Gestational surrogacy alone or in combination with egg donation is used with great success at the Yale Fertility Center.”