Gestational Surrogacy: What You Need to Know

When considering surrogacy as a means to welcoming a child into your family, you may be surprised to learn that there are different types of surrogacy – traditional and gestational. Gestational surrogacy is when the surrogate has no direct biological link to the child. Before beginning your surrogacy journey, it is important that you understand everything there is to know about gestational surrogacy and whether it will be the best fit for you as you hope to build a family.

At Elevate Baby, it is our goal to ensure that the intended parents we work with have the knowledge to confidently move forward with the gestational surrogacy journey. That is why we do our best to guide you throughout the entire journey as you work towards building your family. 

Understanding Gestational Surrogacy

Gestational surrogacy is when another person, who has no genetic relation to the child, carries and delivers a child for intended parents. This kind of surrogate mother may also be called a gestational surrogate or gestational carrier. 

All pregnancies carried by a gestational surrogate utilize in vitro fertilization, also referred to as IVF. IVF is a procedure in which an embryo is created in a lab using an egg and sperm from the intended parents or from an egg or sperm donor. This embryo will then be transferred to the surrogate mother’s uterus. Because the gestational carrier does not provide an egg, there is no genetic connection between the carrier and the child.

What Are the Benefits of Gestational Surrogacy?

Although there are two types of surrogacy, gestational surrogacy has been shown to have significant benefits as opposed to traditional. These benefits include the following:

  • An intended parent who is unable to carry a child on their own may have the ability to have a biological child with a gestational surrogate
  • Same-sex couples or individuals who hope to build a family have the ability to do so with a gestational surrogate
  • Using a gestational surrogate offers the ability for the child to bear a genetic connection to one or both intended parents

If you believe that gestational surrogacy may be the right path for you, you may be curious how you can actually match with a gestational carrier. The best way to match with a gestational carrier who meets both strict medical requirements and your personal preferences and expectations is to work with a surrogacy agency. At Elevate, our surrogacy agency ensures that all potential surrogate candidates meet or exceed the following criteria:

  • Surrogates should be a healthy person between the ages of 21 and 40
  • Surrogates must have had at least one but no more than five pregnancies and full-term deliveries without complications
  • Surrogates must have had no more than two C-section deliveries
  • Surrogate mothers should have a  body mass index less than 32
  • Surrogates and their partners must pass a psychological evaluation
  • Surrogate and their partners must pass criminal background checks
  • Surrogates must obtain medical clearance from their OBGYN

Once a candidate has been thoroughly vetted, she will be available to match with a couple or individual. Our agency will use your personal preferences and the preferences of a potential surrogate to match you with the right surrogate mother. To begin your journey with gestational surrogacy, contact Elevate today.

Learn More About Gestational Surrogacy With Elevate Today

At Elevate Baby, we know that there is often a lot to learn for intended parents considering gestational surrogacy. That is why our team is dedicated to providing all the knowledge necessary to ensure that the journey is joyful and exciting from start to finish.

We have years of experience serving high-profile and celebrity clients and are proud to treat all intended parents with the same concierge-level service to ensure joyful and successful journeys. We will go above and beyond to make sure you’re happy with your gestational surrogate. Contact us today for more information regarding your gestational surrogacy journey by calling (323) 933-8918 or filling out our contact form.


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