Gestational carriers—women who carry a pregnancy for another person or couple—are an option available if you cannot conceive or carry a baby. They are often a close friend or relative or are someone you select with the assistance of a lawyer or gestational carrier agency.
Aside from infertility, there might be other reasons to choose a gestational carrier, including pre-existing heart or other health conditions that make pregnancy dangerous for you or your baby.
When using a gestational carrier, in vitro fertilization is used to facilitate the pregnancy. It can can be done with your eggs, donor eggs, your male partners sperm, or donor sperm. The carrier is not genetically linked to the baby and her assistance is limited to the reproductive process. It does not involve raising the child.
While Penn Fertility Care does not provide gestational carriers, we have extensive experience working with patients who are in need of a gestational carrier. We work closely with agencies, legal experts and psycho-social counselors to accommodate your needs.
Assisted reproduction involving a third party requires additional considerations including medical, financial and legal issues. It may not be a traditional method to have a baby, but gestational carrier services have helped to build families around the world.