When an infertile couple (or a single male or female) desires a family, several options present themselves. They include: egg donation, sperm donation, traditional surrogacy, gestational surrogacy, or adoption.
Surrogacy is a desirable option for many intended parents because a genetic link to their child is possible, unlike adoption. For medical or genetic reasons, some intended parents need only the assistance of anonymous egg or sperm donors. In addition to securing a surrogate, we can assist with securing egg/sperm donor for the intended parents. Typically, our clients rely upon us to locate and screen egg donors and/or surrogates, to handle legal paperwork, coordinate medical care, and most importantly, to oversee the creation of their child from prior to conception, continuously during pregnancy, and through birth. We handle all aspects and details of the process of creating a child through surrogacy, which provides our intended parents the freedom to focus on the joy of becoming parents.
Gestational surrogacy is the process by which intended parents use either the intended mother's own eggs or donated eggs to create a child with the intended father's sperm or donor sperm through in vitro fertilization. The surrogate becomes pregnant by transfer of some of the embryos into her uterus on the third or fifth day after the eggs are harvested and fertilized.
The surrogate mother makes no genetic contribution to the creation of the child. Donated eggs are usually from anonymous donors.
Intended parents have many questions about their future family and questions about surrogacy. We are sensitive to the fact that they may have known from the beginning of their relationship, or before, that they would need to turn to third party reproduction to create a child. While adoption is an available resource for childless couples, the waiting period for a healthy child is quite lengthy in this day where few babies born are placed for adoption. Age limitations exclude many intended parents from adoption programs. Sometimes, intended parents feel uneasy about adopting a child for whom they will likely receive little to no medical or genetic history, or where they do not know whether the birth mother consumed harmful substances during the pregnancy. In an adoption setting the birth mother always has the option of changing her mind and shattering the hopes of the adopting couple. Surrogacy and/or egg donation is the answer to experiencing the joy of parenthood for infertile/ gay/lesbian couples that would like to have a genetic relationship to their child, or have otherwise determined that adoption is not right for them.