Gestational Surrogacy

What is surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction where a woman gestates the child of another woman who is the biological mother. The surrogate mother carries the baby till birth usually through IVF procedure.

It’s a process that requires medical and legal expertise, as well as a strong support process throughout the journey. Through IVF, embryos are created in a lab at a fertility clinic. Ussually the intended parents use their own genetic material. Sometimes, an egg donor is required. At the fertility clinic, 1-2 embryos are implanted into a gestational carrier, who carries the baby(ies) to term. Gestational carriers have no genetic relationship to the children they deliver.

What are the reasons to consider surrogacy?

  • Μedical problems that affect the health of the uterus
  • Women who had hysterectomy for various reasons
  • Medical conditions that make pregnancy impossible or risky for you, such as severe heart disease
  • Same sex intended parents who want to have a genetic link to their baby

What is the surrogacy process?

  • Meet all requirements (surrogates) and complete initial consultation (parents)
  • Surrogate and Parent Matching
  • Medical tests for surrogate and parents
  • Greek court decision allowing surrogacy.Our clinic collaborates with a lawyer specialized in family law. This process takes around 6 months.
  • The biological mother takes medication for ovarian stimulation and the eggs are fertilized with the husband’s/partner’s sperm in the lab.
  • At the same time the surrogate takes medication for endometrium preparation to receive the embryos.
  • Embryotransfer day 3 or 5 (blastocyst stage)
  • Pregnancy test 12-14 days after embryotransfer

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