Gestational Surrogacy > Fact Sheets – Yale Medicine

Once you identify a potential gestational carrier, we will provide the evaluation and medical treatment. Evaluation includes a thorough medical and psychological screening by our staff, and a consultation with our colleagues in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. The gestational carrier will also undergo a mock (or trial) cycle that mimics the medication protocol followed during the embryo transfer cycle. The purpose of the mock cycle is to evaluate the response of her uterine lining to the medications, which helps prepare the uterus for the implantation of an embryo.

Depending on the individuals or couples medical condition, eggs will either be donated by the intended mother or by someone else. Similarly, sperm may come from the intended father or from a donation. Fertilization of the eggs by the sperm will occur via IVF to produce embryos.

The gestational surrogates cycle will be synchronized with the ovulation induction (or stimulation of ovulation using medication) of the intended mother in order to create the best possible environment for the embryo. The embryo is then transferred to the carrier, who will deliver the baby.

After the transfer, which we do in our offices, we follow the surrogate for 10 weeks until we can hear the babys heartbeat. At that point, she can return to care from her own obstetrician-gynecologist, Greenfeld explains.

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