How Gestational Surrogacy is Giving the Gift of Life


153895373-s.jpgFor several decades, the remarkable medicine provided by Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has steadfastly helped infertile couples successfully build their families through gestational surrogacy. Insurmountable gifts of life have exchanged at hospitals all over the nation through gestational surrogacy.

Gestational Surrogacy

After giving birth, an emotional moment takes place as the surrogate hands the baby to the intended parents. Gestational surrogacy is providing an option for those who are unable to conceive and carry a pregnancy to full term. The overall success rates of gestational surrogacy is very encouraging for those who are dreaming of having a biologically connected baby.

Screening of Gestational Surrogate

Similar to the process involved in In Vitro Fertilization Using Donor Eggs, the intended parent(s) and potential gestational surrogate are thoroughly screened medically and psychologically.

  • In-depth review of medical records
  • In-depth psychological evaluation
  • Physical and medical testing

Both parties must meet and confer with independent counsel to finalize a mutually agreeable written gestational surrogacy contract. Unlike IVF Using Donor Eggs, the intended parents and gestational carrier must have a relationship and remain in contact throughout the pregnancy until transfer of the child after birth.

Gestational Surrogacy Procedure

Gestational surrogacy is recommended for women who are able to produce eggs, but are unable to conceive and carry a pregnancy to full term. The first step is to synchronize the menstrual cycles of the intended mother and the gestational carrier through medications suppressing their natural hormone production. Replacement hormones are administered to mimic the stages of a normal cycle in a controlled manner using estrogen and progesterone.

The intended mother then undergoes a series of fertility medication to stimulate her egg follicle growth and induce the maturation of several eggs for surgical retrieval.

IVF in Conjunction With Gestational Surrogacy

Through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), the intended mother’s eggs are retrieved and fertilized with the intended father’s sperm in vitro (in a lab). Once the resulting embryos have developed to a quality stage in a controlled laboratory, a predetermined number are transferred to the gestational mother’s uterus for implantation.

Gestational Surrogacy in Illinois

Gestational surrogacy is permitted by law in the state of Illinois for same sex couples. The biological parent can circumvent the adoption process by applying to the court for a pre-birth order that is filed with the county’s vital records after complying with all statutory requirements. The non-biological parent must apply to the court for a second parent adoption order.

Renowned Gestational Surrogacy Provider in Illinois

Discover more about how you can participate in the wonderful gift of life through the gestational surrogacy process. Please click the icon below to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs – or – call 888.325.7389.