At Friberg Fertility, we offer a full-service gestational carrier program to help our patients select the gestational carrier that is right for them. Dr. Friberg has years of experience helping patients from Chicago, the Midwest and all around the world to have successful surrogacy cycles.
The Pregnancy and Delivery
Care should be taken to review the delivery conditions where the delivery will take place. In addition, you should determine if the intended parent or parents can be present at the delivery or if the gestational carrier prefers to have somebody else provide support during the delivery. It is common for both parties to take a prior hospital tour to make them familiar with the labor and delivery area as well as the postpartum part of their care.
Arrangements should be made so that the intended parents can meet and bond with the baby soon after the delivery. The gestational carrier is frequently discharged early from the hospital, and it is important to discuss contraception as well as lactation suppression or make plans if the gestational carrier should provide the baby with expressed breast milk. If the intended parents will attempt to try to induce milk production on the intended mother-to-be, careful arrangements have to be performed long before the delivery.
About the Intended Parents
Parents who choose to use a gestational carrier may do so for a number of reasons:
- Congenital abnormalities of the uterus
- Absence of a uterus
- Medical conditions that do not permit a pregnancy
- Multiple miscarriages due to autoimmune disorders or other complications
- Inability to carry a pregnancy
Often an OB/GYN will bring up the discussion about gestational carrier pregnancy after the intended parents have experienced multiple complications of pregnancy.
Great care should be taken to outline and prepare a contract that is suitable for all partners. The intended parents should fully understand all of the implications and ramifications of what the contract says. See “What You Need to Know About the Legal Aspects of Gestational Surrogacy” below.
You should also know the financial implications of a gestational carrier arrangement. The preparation for a gestational carrier contract, expenses for IVF insurance, attorney and agent fees frequently stretch well over $100,000. Taking into consideration all of the potential complications that can occur during pregnancy, it is nice to be able to select a gestational carrier whose insurance policy covers those expenses.
Gestational Surrogacy Around the World
Uncompensated surrogacy, however, is permitted in many European countries and elsewhere in the world. Countries like India and Thailand were previously popular destinations for intended parents to create a surrogacy pregnancy, but these countries have closed their borders for compensated gestational surrogacy. Foreign surrogacy was banned in 2015, and in 2018, India completely banned compensated gestational surrogacy.