At UCSF, we believe that you should have all options open to you to build your family, which is why we offer gestational surrogacy. Gestational surrogacy is when a woman carries a pregnancy for a woman who cannot do so using her own uterus. The intended parents go through an IVF cycle and at the time of the embryo transfer, the embryos are transferred into the uterus of the surrogate. For this to occur, the surrogate takes hormones to prepare the uterus for implantation. The gestational surrogate has no genetic relationship to the baby.
Gestational carriers are often found through a Surrogate Agency, but can also be a friend or family member. Before being accepted to serve as a gestational surrogate for one of our patients, the potential surrogate must have a thorough medical and psychological evaluation at our Center. Our staff can assist you in the search for a gestational surrogate and coordinate your surrogate cycle.
Making the decision to use a gestational carrier can be difficult but we believe that having a child with the help of a surrogacy can be an exciting and fulfilling way to achieve your dream of having a family.