Surrogacy describes the relationship between a woman, who agrees to bear a child, and another person(s) who will be the legal parent(s). A “gestational surrogate” describes a situation where the woman is not genetically related to the child and eggs or sperm either come from the intended parent(s) or a donor. A “traditional surrogate” refers to a woman who both provides the eggs and carries the pregnancy. Like most other fertility clinics in Canada, traditional surrogacy is not offered at Anova Fertility. However, we have had many patients undergo IVF treatments with the help of gestational surrogates.
There are several reasons that a gestational surrogate may be used. Some serious medical conditions prevent a women from getting pregnant or carrying a fetus to term or may cause harm to a woman or the fetus. Same-sex male couples may also require the services of a gestational surrogate to build their family.
In Canada, surrogacy must be altruistic. Under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act it is a criminal offense to pay, offer to pay or advertise payment for a surrogate mother. They may however be compensated for receipted expenses related to the pregnancy. Surrogates must be over the age of 21.
If your journey to parenthood includes gestational surrogacy, we recommend first contacting a lawyer and counsellor experienced in assisted reproduction. Please go to our Resources page for some recommendations.
Both surrogates and the Intended Parent(s) must undergo both medical and psychological screening.
At Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health, we are committed to helping you complete your family and support surrogacy arrangements.