Surrogacy & Gestational Carrier Definitions
First: Typically, you hear the word “surrogate” used as a blanket term, but in medical jargon, it gets more specific. Here’s what you need to know:
A “surrogate” used to mean, medically speaking, someone who would not only carry your child, but will also contribute their own egg(s) – so they would be a part of your child’s genetic makeup. This “traditional surrogacy” is all but retired due to the legal complications that can arise from this methodology. More often, when we say “surrogate” now, we’re talking about –
Gestational carrier & gestational surrogacy
A “gestational carrier” is now the more widely used practice. This woman is not genetically linked to the child that she carries – she has successfully built her own family, enjoys being pregnant, and wants to help bring another baby into the world. Egg from an egg donor are used to create embryos, which are then transferred to a gestational carrier’s uterus.
Important to note: A Gestational carrier is not genetically linked to your child, which makes the legal side of things less complicated. In many instances, the United States justice system can assign parentage to you, or you and your partner regardless of gender identity, and your name(s) can be on your child’s birth certificate. Your surrogacy agency and legal team will help you complete all of the necessary documents to make this happen.
You’ll bond with your carrier for about 12 months, and you might bond with their loved ones, too. This person will help bring your child into the world, so this trust-based relationship is a wonderful part of your family-building journey. And with the right person for you, surrogacy can be an amazing experience.