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 related to the gestational carrier.
Gestational carriers will need to be just as involved as you (and your partner, if applicable) in the first stages of 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. The intended parent(s) are typically extremely involved in the pregnancy. 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 everyone involved—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).
Finding a Gestational Carrier
Currently it is illegal in Washington State to compensate a gestational carrier. In Jan. 2019, it will be legal to compensate a carrier in Washington State. Compassionate carrier cycles are and will still be permitted. 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).
If you do not have a compassionate carrier, you may work with an agency in a state that does permit compensated cycles. We anticipate in 2019 there will agencies in Washington State. The agency, gestational carrier and partner (if applicable) will need to travel to SRM for one day of screening appointments and for the embryo transfer. You may use any gestational carrier agency. If you do not already have a gestational carrier identified, see below for a listing of agencies that may be able to assist you in finding a match: