Pacific NW Fertility's Gestational Carrier Program
Our physicians combine their years of clinical science with the most recent, state-of-the-art technologies in the laboratory and the expertise of our talented embryologists and make dreams come true in our Gestational Carrier Program. With many people involved in each case, these cycles can be complicated, but we have team members that are focused on carrier cycles and bring their own expertise to each coordination.
Gestational Carriers, sometimes called surrogates, help patients build their families. These carriers go through a full screening process before they are matched with the intended parents. Subsequently, a genetically unrelated embryo is transferred into the carrier's uterus.
Some patients use their own eggs and sperm to create the embryos. In other cases, patients use donated eggs from our Donor Egg Program and/or donor sperm from one of the many reputable sperm banks across the country. PNWF also works with same couples, utilizing gestational carriers to start or grow their families.
Carrier's are either found via a recommended surrogacy agency or are considered compassionate carriers—a friend of family member of the parents.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The agency will send Pacific NW Fertility your potential gestational carrier's medical history, OB records, and agency application. If pre-approval is given, the gestational carrier will have a phone consultation with a PNWF Nurse Practitioner to introduce the carrier to PNWF and to educate the carrier on the process of a frozen embryo transfer (FET, the pre-cycle testing requirements, and answer any questions.
Compassionate carriers will need to complete a health history. If pre-approval is given, the gestational carrier will have a phone consultation with a Nurse Practitioner to introduce the carrier to PNWF and to educate the carrier on the process of a frozen embryo transfer (FEET, the pre-cycle testing requirements, and answer any questions.
I compassionate carrier is a friend or family member who will not be compensated the typical fee that most carriers receive.
The potential gestational carrier and her partner will be referred to a Mental Health Professional to schedule an appointment for a required counseling session. The intended parents are also required to have one counseling session with a Mental Health Professional. Both reports will be reviewed by a provider at PNWF.
A copy of the potential gestational carrier's obstetric records will be sent to the clinic for PNWF providers to review. Once the records have been received, a phone consult will be scheduled between the gestational carrier and a PNWF Nurse Practitioner to discuss obstetric and medical history. This will also provide an opportunity for the gestational carrier to ask questions about the program.
After pre-approval and counseling requirements are met, the gestational carrier will have an appointment at PNWF (paid through the escrow account pre-established with the Intended Parents). The carrier will be introduced to the IPs physician, have a uterine evaluation, and a consultation for patient education. Once all test results are determined to be within normal limits, a FINAL approval will be given.
For the protection of all intended parties, legal contracts must be completed by all parties before a cycle can be coordinated. Intended Parents and gestational carriers will require separate legal representation. PNWF will require a signed copy before a cycle can begin. Recommended attorneys can be found here.
My partner and I went to PNWF because of the positive stance they take on assisting the LGBT community build families. Our primary provider is wonderful. From the get-go, the doctor made us feel comfortable, she took the time to answer all of our questions, and it felt like we were friends talking about fertility treatment, not numbers on a chart. Our doctor, over the course of our treatment, really got to know our personalities too, which was great. I prefer scientific explanations and my partner prefers brief, "give me the short version" explanations. I mention this because the fact that she got to know us in that way really made us feel like she cared about us personally as well as the outcome of our treatment and our family.