Patients who are unable to carry a pregnancy to term may be interested in utilizing a gestational carrier or surrogate. Carriers and surrogates can be known family members or friends, or they could be selected through an agency.
Although the terms seem interchangeable, a gestational carrier and a true surrogate are not one and the same. A gestational carrier carries a baby for the parents-to-be that was created using egg(s) from another woman. A true surrogate not only carries the baby, but also provides her own egg(s) to create the pregnancy. At Wisconsin Fertility Institute, we have many patients who are parents thanks to gestational carriers and true surrogates. If you are interested in either, please let us know.