Surrogacy

Surrogacy Specialist
Gestational surrogacy can give parents a chance to have the child they long for and allow a surrogate the experience of helping fulfill a dream. Mick Abaé, MD and the fertility specialists at Fertility & Genetics in Plantation, Florida, work with parents and surrogates to ensure the process is as rewarding as it is successful. Residents in the South Florida region, including the communities in Broward County and Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Palm Beach, can count on the talented professionals at Fertility & Genetics to help create families whenever possible. Contact the office today regarding your desire to consider surrogacy.

Surrogacy Q & A

Fertility and Genetics

What is gestational surrogacy?

A gestational surrogate is a woman who carries a pregnancy for someone else. A close relative, lifetime friend, or complete stranger working with an agency may choose to serve as your surrogate. Legal issues abound when it comes to gestational surrogacy and can vary significantly by state. It’s recommended you speak with an attorney familiar with surrogacy issues in your state, as well as the state in which your surrogate resides if she's in a different than your own.

What are the reasons for using a surrogate?

Many reasons cause individuals to turn to gestational surrogacy as their answer for having a child, including:

  • Previous hysterectomy
  • Severe uterine factor infertility that prevents a woman from carrying a baby, including fibroids, intrauterine adhesions, and other conditions that have defied fertility treatments
  • Recurrent miscarriages
  • Repeated implantation failure
  • Medical conditions that might prevent a woman from safely carrying a baby, such as cardiac, pulmonary, or renal disease
  • Same-sex male couples who desire a child

What is the process for gestational surrogacy?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is used to develop viable embryos. The embryos are then transferred to the gestational surrogate, who carries the pregnancy to term. The embryos may be developed from the intended mother’s eggs and father’s sperm or with an egg and sperm donor. Genetic screening and other IVF procedures can be combined with gestational surrogacy.

Rather than the anonymity typically reserved for egg and sperm donors, the intended parents remain involved with the gestational surrogate and are an active part of the pregnancy. The intended parents are present during labor and receive the baby shortly after birth.  

What is it like to be a gestational carrier?

There is typically monetary compensation for being a gestational carrier, but women who become surrogates typically do so for altruistic reasons. A surrogate may be a close family member or friend who wants to help a “kindred soul” experience the joys of being a mom. Women who sign on with an agency often report the same noble feelings. Some who have experienced pregnancy themselves are motivated by their enjoyment of the physical aspects of pregnancy as well.

Regardless of your relationship to the intended parents, all gestational carriers undergo blood tests, a comprehensive medical evaluation that includes a thorough gynecologic evaluation, as well as genetic testing and psychological screening. You’ll also experience the medical aspects of IVF, such as hormonal therapy to prepare you for embryonic transfer, diagnostic studies, and eventual labor and delivery.

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