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If you are on your journey to being a parent through the path of surrogacy, you will need to know some new lingo! Surrogacy should not be a daunting experience. The fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center have worked with the experts at New Beginnings Surrogacy Services. The experts at New Beginnings want to make your travels to holding your new baby in your arms as easy and hassle-free as possible. Read on to unravel some of the mystery surrounding surrogacy medical acronyms. These specific surrogacy acronyms are in alphabetical – not procedural – order for your easy reference.

Common Surrogacy Acronyms

The most common surrogacy acronyms are placed in alphabetical order below.

  • DE - Donor Eggs
  • DPR - Days Post-Retrieval
  • DPT - Days Post-Transfer
  • ED - Egg Donor or Egg Donation
  • EDD - Estimated Due Date
  • ER - Egg Retrieval
  • ET - Embryo Transfer
  • FET - Frozen Embryo Transfer
  • FIF - Former Intended Father
  • FIM - Former Intended Mother
  • FIP - Former Intended Parents
  • GC - Gestational Carrier
  • GS - Gestational Surrogate or Gestational Surrogacy
  • IPs - Intended Parents
  • IUI - Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
  • IVF - In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • PET - Post-Embryo Transfer
  • PIP - Potential Intended Parent
  • PIF - Potential Intended Father
  • PIM - Potential Intended Mother
  • PG - Pregnant
  • PGD - Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
  • RE - Reproductive Endocrinologist
  • SM - Surrogate Mother
  • TS - Traditional Surrogate

Gestational Surrogacy (GS) vs. Traditional Surrogacy (TS) vs. Egg Donor  (ED) surrogacy

Gestational Surrogacy (GS), Traditional Surrogacy (TS), and Egg Donation (ED) encompasses acronyms used frequently only within close-knit ties of the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) community.

An intended parent (IP), father (IF), mother (IM), represents traditional or nontraditional families sharing their dream of raising children. These terms refer to the intended recipient parent or parents of the baby who have been unable to conceive and carry a baby to full term on their own.

  • A gestational surrogate (GS) carries the baby for the intended parents using their egg and sperm. The GS has no genetic relationship to the child in utero.
  • A traditional surrogate (TS) uses her own egg with the sperm of the potential intended father (PIF) to develop the embryo in vitro before it is transferred and implanted for pregnancy in the surrogate’s uterus to full term. TS can be performed IUI or IVF.
  • An egg donor (ED) is not a surrogate and does not carry the baby to full term. Instead, she donates her eggs to be used in creating the embryo in vitro to be transferred to the gestational surrogate’s uterus.

World Renowned Surrogacy

Discover how your options to parenthood have been expanded through the modern medical marvel of surrogacy. Realize your dreams of having a family by reaching out to the Surrogacy Team at New Beginnings today - or - call New Hope Fertility Center at 917.525.5496.


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