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Gestational Carrier

I’ve Never Heard Of A Gestational Carrier. What Is It, Exactly?

 

Having another woman carry your baby and then deliver your baby is what a gestational carrier is defined as. A couple can go through a middleman agency or with an independent adoption group, or they can even discuss it privately with the surrogate, but it is very emotionally vexing and legally complicated. It’s only recognized in some states, and it is barred outright in others. The whole ordeal can take lots of money, time, and patience to make it work well.

Is A Surrogacy The Right Option For You Or You And Your Partner?

Going with a gestational carrier may be just right if you cannot conceive because of a faulty uterus or if other fertility treatments have just petered out on you.

What Can You Expect From The Treatment?

You and your spouse will go through a process in the assisted reproductive technology category like in vitro fertilization. Note that the acronyms are ART and IVF. The embryo that is produced will be biologically yours. If you have medical problems that preclude this, you may also wish to use eggs, sperm, or even the embryos themselves that are donated. The embryo that you have will be put into the uterus of another person, and she will carry the baby to its birth. When the child comes into the world, the carrier will give the baby to you, and she will sign away her parental rights completely.

Gestational carrier agreements are often structured as ordinary adoptions, in the states that they are legal at all, but they are more often set up as contracts with agencies. Some physicians actually specialize with gestational carriers. You’ll probably be seriously involved in the pregnancy. You’ll probably have to pay a lot of expenses like those of the carrier, doctor house calls, housing, legal fees, and service fees.

How Long Does The Treatment Last?

Locating a healthy, voluntary gestational carrier can take several months or years, and it can be hampered by screening the candidates, asking friends and relatives, or searching for people on the Internet. These are all legitimate ways that couples can find carriers for their child-to-be. Once the arrangement has been set up, you and the carrier will probably set up an IVF, and this will last between three and four months. Some experts are against it taking any longer because they say that the success can taper off sharply after that.

What Is The Success Rate Like?

There is no defined success rate out there for how successful a gestational carrier will be at carrying a baby to term. There are so many factors involved that it’s hard to pin down any certain number. There are tons of variables like sperm count, the quality of the egg, and the success of the IVF at all. Carriers have carried roughly 10,000 babies since 1976. A lot of people make carrier arrangements in private settings, though, so it’s kind of hard to pin down. The procedure is illegal in many states, and that’s why people make private arrangements in some cases. The Centers for Disease Control, or CDC for short, estimates that there were about 550 surrogate births in 2002.

What Are The Pros Of Using A Surrogate?

If you and your spouse can’t conceive a child, then you can still get the chance to biologically conceive your child. The father’s sperm and the mother’s egg will enable the surrogate to carry an embryo. If you set up an arrangement ahead of time, you can be personally involved in the prenatal care and mother’s nutrition too.

What Are The Cons Of Using A Surrogate?

There are plenty of cons to using a surrogate. There are ample complications with procedures like IVF, plus there are expense, controversy, and legality to think of. Several states have prohibitions against using gestational carriers so the arrangements are often made illegally and under the table.

You and your spouse will not only be forced to deal with waiting for a pregnancy to be carried to term, but you might also have to deal with legal problems, and the gestational carrier might change their mind too. Managing the pregnancy, care, delivery, and hand-off of the baby can be problematic. Your carrier may have trouble letting the baby go.

What Is The Cost Of Using A Surrogate?

A surrogate can cost anywhere from $15,000-$40,000 or more. An adoption can cost $15,000, with 4/5th’s of that going to the carrier and $3,000 or so going to the legal fees and insurance fees. If you go with an agency, it can cost up to $40,000. There is $15,000 for the agency, at least $18,000 and up to $25,000 for a carrier, and up to $4,000 for insurance and legal expenses.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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