A gestational carrier (GC) is a woman who agrees to carry a pregnancy from an embryo that did not come from her egg or her partner’s sperm. The embryo used in the transfer is created through IVF. In the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility this is different from a surrogate. In surrogacy, the pregnancy may result from the egg of the woman carrying the pregnancy. This creates legal and ethical complications for the intended parents. At SpringCreek, we only use gestational carriers if the person carrying the pregnancy is not one of the intended parent(s) (IP).
Finding a good match with a gestational carrier is important. This relationship will be an integral part of your life for ten months to a year. Establishing clear lines of communication and strong, positive rapport is the foundation for a successful IP/GC relationship. A gestational carrier may be an acquaintance of the IP’s or they may be matched through an agency. Before embarking on the pregnancy journey, the IP and the GC complete diagnostic testing and screening, fill out FDA required questionnaires, and go through legal and psychological counseling to help smooth the way for the pregnancy to occur. Discussing potential issues in the beginning and having legal contracts and documents helps to ensure the interest of all parties. This is a relationship based upon trust. Working through these items helps build trust and peace of mind in the relationship for all parties.