Gestational Carriers & Surrogacy


Gestational carriers play an important role in the fertility journeys of many couples.

Some women may be unable to successfully carry a pregnancy due to problems with the uterus, or a significant medical illness which makes pregnancy risky. A gestational carrier, combined with an egg donor, is also used to create families for gay couples. 

A gestational carrier has no genetic link to the baby. 

She is simply carrying the embryo for the infertile woman or couple. Nonetheless, she plays a critical role in the development of the baby she’s carrying, so her candidacy should be evaluated closely.

Evaluating the gestational carrier

An ideal gestational carrier:

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Under the age of 38

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Average body weight

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Unremarkable medical history

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Previously delivered a term baby

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No history of prior pregnancy complications

Tests to determine a gestational carrier’s suitability

To further determine a gestational carrier’s suitability, CARE Fertility will perform a physical exam and three additional tests focused on her uterus:

  • Transvaginal pelvic ultrasound is a non-invasive test that gives us information regarding the size and shape of the uterus; however, it does not provide detailed information about the inside of the uterus where the baby grows or about the fallopian tubes. 

  • Hysteroscopy is used to thoroughly evaluate the interior of the uterus where the baby will grow. 

  • Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) provides information about the configuration of the inside of the uterus and about the fallopian tubes.