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I’m Considering Surrogacy: Where Do I Start?

I’m Considering Surrogacy: Where Do I Start?

Infertility presents a challenge to individuals and couples. It can be emotionally devastating not to be able to carry a healthy pregnancy to term yourself. But, you should know that infertility doesn’t have to be the end of your pathway toward your ideal family.

Surrogacy could be the right path forward for you and your family dreams. At the New York Fertility Institute, our LGBTQ-friendly team of fertility specialists have more than 20 years of experience facilitating surrogacy. Dr. Khalid SultanDr. Majid Fateh, and the team at our fertility clinic located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side of New York City, can help you explore surrogacy further.

Who can benefit from surrogacy?

Surrogacy, or gestational surrogacy, involves working with another woman who carries and gives birth to your child. If you or your partner can’t get pregnant together, and you still want to welcome a baby, surrogacy could be right for you.

You might be interested in exploring surrogacy if you’re dealing with male factor infertility, female factor infertility, or if you and your partner can’t conceive together due to being a same-sex couple. Surrogacy can also be a good option if you have a medical condition, such as hyperemesis gravidarum, that makes pregnancy a significant health risk for you.

What to consider before starting with surrogacy

Surrogacy is emotionally and legally complex. Working with the team at the New York Fertility Institute helps to ensure that you consider your options fully, and are prepared for each step of the surrogacy process. We typically recommend that our patients also partner with a lawyer experienced in surrogacy and family law.

The relationship between you and your surrogate is deeply personal. You’ll be involved in your surrogate’s pregnancy, and present in the delivery room when your baby is born. Many people choose to use someone they already know, like a family member, as a surrogate. We can also help you get in touch with healthy independent surrogates.

Surrogacy can involve the use of your or your partner’s egg or sperm. We may be able to combine egg and sperm with in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination to assist your surrogate in becoming pregnant with your and your partner’s embryo. If this isn’t a possibility, your surrogate’s egg, donor eggs, and donor sperm are all potential options.

Getting started with surrogacy

Dr. Fateh and Dr. Sultan can assist you in starting to consider surrogacy. We’ll talk to you in-depth about your hopes, fears, and expectations, and help you go over the pros and cons to make the right decision for you and your family.

We continue to work with you as you move into the surrogate selection process, screening prospective surrogates for health history, lifestyle, and fit with you.

Once you and your surrogate are fully prepared, it’s time to start getting ready for a healthy pregnancy. We may use a procedure to retrieve your eggs for fertilization. Your surrogate may need to use medications to ready their uterus for pregnancy before embryo implantation.

The New York Fertility Institute team is with you for every step of your reproductive journey. Could surrogacy be right for you? Schedule an initial consultation appointment with a member of our team in New York City, New York, to learn more.

Request your appointment online, or call now to book.

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