At SRM we offer gestational carrier services to assist patients in becoming parents. A gestational carrier, or surrogate, is a woman who carries a baby for the intended parent(s). The baby is not genetically related to the gestational carrier.
Gestational carriers will need to be just as involved as you (and your partner, if applicable) in the process, in order to ensure all FDA and legal requirements are met. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)—using eggs or sperm from the intended parent(s), or from egg or sperm donors—is a necessary part of this arrangement. Once fertilization occurs, the resulting embryo is transferred to the gestational carrier’s uterus.
SRM’s specialized staff assists with all third-party reproduction patients, and contacting us is your first step on the road to becoming a parent.
Our screening process takes six months, from initial screening to embryo transfer, and is extremely thorough. This is done to ensure that the best interests of you (the “intended parent(s)”) and the gestational carrier—are covered. SRM is compliant with FDA regulations and follows ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) screening guidelines for intended parents and gestational carriers. All screening is required to be completed in person at one of SRM’s locations for both the intended parent(s) and the gestational carrier and partner (if applicable). The gestational carrier and partner (if applicable) will need to travel to SRM for at least one day of screening appointments and for the embryo transfer.
Finding a Gestational Carrier
As of January 2019, it is legal to compensate a gestational carrier in Washington State. SRM works with highly respected gestational carrier agencies in Washington, Oregon, and across the United States. Intended parents can choose to work with the agency that best suits their needs. If you do not already have a gestational carrier identified, please contact our third party team to get a list of agency referrals.
Compassionate carrier cycles are also permitted at SRM. A compassionate carrier does not receive any financial compensation for the cycle. Most compassionate carriers are a friend or family member of the intended parent(s). The same screening requirements are required for compassionate carriers and the intended parent(s). Outside legal contracts and a legal clearance letter will need to be completed. Please let SRM know if you need a referral list of reproductive attorneys.