At age 46, Alexis Stewart – daughter of famed domestic diva Martha Stewart – gave birth to her second child, a boy named Truman. He joined his one-year old sister, Jude, who – like Truman – was also conceived through IVF and carried to term by a gestational surrogate. Both babies were conceived from Alexis’ own eggs with the help of the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC. A gestational mother carries the intended parents’ baby to full term. Most people choose gestational surrogacy over repeated failed IVF procedures.
Gestational Surrogacy Using IVF
When considering your best option for having a baby that is biologically related to your, a gestational surrogate using IVF can help when other conventional treatments have failed to work. Similar to the process involved in IVF using donor eggs, the intended parents and gestational surrogate are thoroughly screened medically and psychologically for optimum matching.
What Gestational Surrogacy Offers
Gestational Surrogacy may be achieved in a variety of methods using:
- Intended mother’s eggs
- Donor eggs
- Intended father’s sperm
- Donor sperm
In some circumstances the intended mother may have viable eggs but it may be too dangerous for her to carry a baby to full term.
The intended parents are intimately involved with the pregnancy and are present at the birth of the baby to assume parenting responsibilities. Through gestational surrogacy, the gestational surrogate mother has no genetic relationship to the baby.
The basic steps of gestational surrogacy using IVF:
- Stimulation of the growth and development of multiple egg follicles within the intended mother’s ovaries using fertility drugs (FSH- follicle stimulating hormones), also known as controlled hyperstimulation of the ovaries
- Monitoring of the growth of the egg follicles through regular ultrasounds and blood tests
- Surgical removal of matured eggs from the follicles on the ovaries through technique known as aspiration
- Fertilization of the eggs with the intended father’s sperm in a controlled laboratory setting through a technique known as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
- Embryo culture in vitro for several days – allowing the embryos to grow and develop in the laboratory
- Transfer of a predetermined number of quality embryos (typically 1 or 2) into the uterus of the gestational surrogate using a catheter – similar to that of a Pap smear procedure
- Progesterone is prescribed daily via suppository to help prepare the gestational surrogate’s uterine lining for implantation of the embryo(s)
- Cryopreservation of excess quality embryos for future Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) – also for family planning through gender selection
- A pregnancy test is scheduled on a date prescribed by the doctor through a blood draw
Benefits of Gestational Surrogacy Using IVF
- Higher chance of pregnancy success
- Less physical risk to the intended mother
It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized IVF treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with one of the world renowned fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC, click the icon below – or – call 917.525.5496.