There are two general types of Surrogate Mothers — Gestational Surrogates (GS) and Traditional Surrogates (TS). Each has some variations:
1. Gestational Surrogate (GS) or Gestational Carrier (GC)In this process, the Gestational Surrogate becomes pregnant through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), using the eggs from the Intended Mother (IM). The Gestational Surrogate receives the fertilized egg through an Embryo Transfer (ET), a quick, painless procedure. The Gestational Surrogate has no genetic relationship to the baby. This is currently the most popular form of surrogacy.A variation on this is Gestational Surrogacy with Egg Donation (GS/ED). Sometimes the Gestational Surrogate becomes pregnant through IVF using eggs from an Egg Donor (ED) other than the Intended Mother or the Gestational Surrogate. An Egg Donor is used when the Intended Mother cannot produce the eggs to get pregnant. The sperm can be provided either by the Intended Father (IF) or a Sperm Donor (SD). Again, the Gestational Surrogate has no genetic link to the baby. This form of surrogacy is growing in popularity as replacement for Traditional Surrogacy.
NOTE: Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Inc. only handles Gestational Surrogacies at this time.
2. Traditional Surrogate (TS)In this arrangement, the Surrogate Mother becomes pregnant through artificial insemination (AI) using her own eggs and thus has a genetic link to the baby. The sperm may be supplied by the Intended Father or another donor. Although Traditional Surrogacy is still used, it is not as common as it was even a few years ago.
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