Our New York fertility center provides gay surrogacy options
As a fertility specialist, Dr. Joel Batzofin helps build families for our New York area patients. We believe that families come in all shapes and sizes, and our goal is to help facilitate successful outcomes for the couples and individuals we assist. When gay couples visit our New York fertility center, Dr. Batzofin and our team will explain the surrogacy process in detail.
Beginning the surrogacy process in our New York fertility center
If you and your partner have decided to become parents, egg donation and surrogacy will allow at least one partner to have a genetic link to the child. In these cases, one intended parent’s sperm will be combined with the donor eggs in our New York fertility center laboratory. Then, the healthy embryo(s) will be transferred to the surrogate in the hopes that a viable pregnancy occurs.
Understanding egg donation and surrogacy
When you opt to have a child through this process, you will decide on both the egg donor and then the surrogate. In our New York fertility center, we offer an in-house egg donor program and carefully screen our egg donors. Both you and your partner can review potential candidates to find the best match. You may consider characteristics that are important to you, including ethnic background, physical features, education, hobbies and other interests. If you have a known egg donor in mind, we can work with that individual and conduct the necessary medical screenings.
Steps for selecting the right surrogate
Once you choose an egg donor, you will then pick the surrogate. While traditional surrogacy involves the use of the surrogate’s own eggs, a gestational surrogate has no biological connection to the child. A gestational surrogate undergoes IVF and will carry your child to term.
Our New York fertility center team can assist you with recommendations for reputable surrogacy agencies as well as attorneys specializing in reproductive law to assist with the necessary legal documents. As you consider potential surrogates, consider these recommendations and choose a surrogate that:
- Is at least 21 years of age or older
- Has given birth to at least one healthy child
- Has completed a full screening and psychological evaluation
- Will sign a binding contract that outlines the conditions of the surrogacy
For gay couples looking to create or expand their families, surrogacy offers a viable path to making those dreams a reality. The team at our New York fertility center can help you successfully navigate the extensive surrogacy process. Contact our clinic for more information or to schedule a consultation.