Gеѕtаtіоnаl Cаrrіеr

Gеѕtаtіоnаl Cаrrіеr

According to various research studies, there were more than 30,000 cases of gestational surrogacy and at least 13,000 successful deliveries between 1999 and 2013. The procedure quickly became famous thanks to the success rate. As it evolves, more women are interested in becoming gestational carriers.

A gestational carrier is a female who carries and delivers the baby on behalf of other parents. She has no genetic links to the babies she gives birth to because they do not come from her ova. Women who are interested in becoming a carrier may apply at a surrogacy agency or organization who will check their suitability. The details may vary from one group to another, but the common screening requirements are as follows:

  • Must be in a productive age range. The lower limit may vary from 20-25 years old, while the upper may be around 39-45 years old.
  • Must have a good health. This includes being free of sexually transmitted diseases and smoking.
  • Must have carried and given birth to at least one child without serious complication.
  • Must have a stable living situation. Applicants must not be under government assistance.

Those who pass the preliminary application will participate in further tests. They may have to provide more background information, undergo medical and emotional examinations, or sit through a counseling session. Once they are accepted, the agency will look for the appropriate parents with whom the surrogate may work. It is decided based on the requests of both sides in terms of age, location, ethnicity, experience, and compensation. This matching process may take a while forsome, but can be relatively quickfor others. When a match is found, the carrier will take medications prior to receiving the embryo and, once conception is successful, will have regular check-ups to monitor the growth of the baby. After delivery, the baby will be handed to the intended parents as per the contract.

Gestational carriers are usually compensated by the intended parents through the agency they are working with. The compensation covering the pregnancy-related costs, such as embryo transfer fees, invasive and risky procedures, and monthly maternity allowance, are typically handled by the agency. The intended parents may supply the travel fees or other personal needs. The carrier will receive more for multiple pregnancies or if she has a history of successful surrogacy. The base number varies for each organization, but it usually ranges from $25,000 to $50,000.

Surrogacy, like pregnancy in general, is not without complications. The fertility drugs may induce hot flashes, visual impairment, allergic reactions, infection at the site of injection, or ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. The pregnancy itself may cause gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, or problems with the placenta. Carriers can also experience bleeding and infection after delivery or postpartum depression. It is very important to keep in touch with the medical professionals throughout surrogacy to prevent, detect, and manage the risks.

Surrogacy may also be complicated legally. In the U.S., laws related to surrogacy are handled differently in each state. Both the intended parents and the gestational carriers should check with a legal counselor about the legality of surrogacy before they start.