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Gestational Carrier Program
If your cause of infertility includes the fact that you do not have a functioning uterus, either because it was removed by surgery or is congenitally absent, preventing you from being able to successfully carry a pregnancy, our Gestational Carrier Program may help. Our program gives the option of using a gestational carrier, also referred to as a host uterus or surrogate, to carry a full-term pregnancy.
In this case, many women are able to use their own eggs, which are then fertilized with either their partner's or a donor's sperm, and finally transferred to a gestational carrier. If using your own eggs is not an option, our skilled experts can help you to coordinate the use of donor eggs for carrier purposes.
It is important to note that a successful pregnancy using a gestational carrier depends primarily on the couple who are attempting to have a child and not on the host uterus, since it is implied that the gestational carrier has been approved to carry a full-term pregnancy. The age and quality of the eggs is the highest concern, as well as the number of embryos transferred. Embryos transferred fresh are generally preferred to those that have been frozen and thawed.
Some women who participate in our program may prefer to have a sister or friend serve as the gestational carrier. Other women will instead use the services of an outside party. We are not involved with the financial and legal arrangements, if any, between the parties when a paid carrier is used and all non-altruistic carriers will be referred to New Jersey at Valley Hospital, the Valley Hospital Fertility Center (www.valleyivf.com).