Our Surrogacy Programs
The Center for Surrogate Parenting has helped connect thousands of intended parents and surrogate mothers over the last years. Each step in the surrogate mother process is essential, and we provide counseling and guidance through each one of those steps.
CSP offers two options through our surrogate programs: the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Program and the In Vitro Fertilization and Egg Donation (IVF/ED) Program. It is important to understand that the surrogate mother has no genetic ties to the child she is carrying with either of the surrogacy programs offered by CSP. In most states, the names of the intended parents, not the surrogate mother, are entered on the original birth certificate.
The IVF and IVF/ED options have proven highly successful. We want you, as a prospective surrogate mother, to be informed and comfortable with all aspects of the process.
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Program:
Also known as gestational surrogacy, an egg from the intended mother and sperm from the intended father are retrieved and combined to create embryos. These embryos develop for about 3 to 5 days, and are then transplanted into the surrogate mother's uterus. The surrogate mother is also known as the gestational carrier.
To prepare for the IVF process, the mother is provided with medications to stimulate egg production, and the surrogate mother is placed on medications that suppress her menstrual cycle and stimulate the uterine lining to be more receptive for egg implantation.
- IVF & Egg Donation (IVF/ED) Program:
As the name implies, the IVF/ED program involves a donated egg being fertilized with the sperm of the intended father. In some instances a sperm donor may be needed. The embryos are then implanted into the uterus of the surrogate mother.
Egg donors go through extensive demographic, medical, and genetic evaluations before being accepted as donors, just as gestational carriers do.
After the donor egg has been fertilized with the sperm of the intended father or sperm donor, it develops for 3 to 5 days before being transplanted into the uterus of the surrogate mother.
A healthy couple attempting to conceive through traditional means have only a 15 to 20 percent chance of fertilization. Women who undergo IVF and are within the recommended age and health requirements have a success rate of between 20 and 40 percent and sometimes higher, according to the National Infertility Association.
Not every IVF procedure results in pregnancy, so gestational surrogates and intended parents shouldn't be discouraged if it takes more than one try. Most traditional pregnancies aren't successful on the first try, either.
There are many reasons why intended parents seek the services of a surrogacy program, and why IVF or IVF/ED may be the chosen method for the intended parents.
- The intended biological mother has no uterus, or has problems with her uterus.
- The intended mother has a history of being unable to carry a child to term.
- The intended mother has blocked or damaged fallopian tubes.
- Other fertility treatments have failed.
- The intended mother has egg quality issues.
- The intended mother is considered to be past the age that would allow for a safe pregnancy.
- Fertility issues have no apparent cause.
- An illness would affect the pregnancy or ability to carry a child to term.
- The intended parents are a same-sex male couple.
- The intended parent is a single male.
Surrogacy can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling gifts a healthy woman can offer to someone or to a couple that is unable to conceive on their own. One of the most important aspects of the surrogacy process is for the prospective surrogate mother to understand the procedures involved. Both the prospective surrogate mother and her partner should then discuss and be comfortable with the process.