A gestational carrier program allows a woman that would otherwise be unable to carry a child to have a genetic child. Sometimes, these programs are referred to as surrogacy programs. In a gestational carrier program, the egg and sperm is provided by the couple, but another woman’s uterus is used to carry the child to term. These programs are controversial, but provide several benefits to all parties involved.
The Expectant Mother or Parents
Gestational carrier programs assist a woman or a couple, that are otherwise unable to have a genetic child of their own, have a genetically related baby. Women who turn to these programs normally have a problem with their uterus. For a variety of reasons, a woman’s eggs could be viable, but her uterus may be unable to carry a baby to term. In this instance, the mother might turn to a carrier to assist a fertilized egg to develop.
The Gestational Carrier
The party often overlooked as benefitting from a gestational carrier program is the gestational carrier herself. Most carriers are paid money for their services, although legal regulations often heavily govern the amount of payments and whether such payments are legal. Regardless, many carriers offer to be a carrier because of their need for money.
Gestational carrier programs also permit a child to be born that otherwise might be unable to be carried to term. The intent and desire of the child’s parents is to have a baby, and a child can benefit from the chance to be born.