About Assisted Reproduction

About Assisted Reproduction

Today, one out of every six couples of childbearing age is unable to have a child. We understand that dealing with fertility issues can be traumatic, costly, time-consuming and emotionally draining. Through IARC®, we offer childless parents several fertility options to achieve parenthood.

Some women who are able to carry a pregnancy but are unable to produce their own eggs will require the services of an Ovum (Egg) Donor. We have many ovum donors to work with you without a waiting period. The advantages are clear: the infertile wife may experience pregnancy, carry her husband’s child, and deliver the couple’s baby.

Traditional Surrogate becomes pregnant through artificial insemination with the intended father’s sperm. This has been used as a viable, reduced-cost alternative for almost 25 years. Because of the legal ramifications which necessarily follow from the Full Surrogate being genetically related to the child, this method is not recommended. Nevertheless, in certain circumstances, with a properly screened and qualified Full Surrogate, this option is still available. Because suitable and willing Full Surrogates are less common, it may take longer in this process to locate and become matched with a Full Surrogate. Because the Full Surrogate is the biological and genetic mother of the child, a step-parent adoption by the intended mother is usually necessary.

The use of a Gestational Surrogate is far more common these days. In this case, the couple will undergo an in vitro fertilization using their own egg and sperm, and their embryos will be transferred into the Gestational Surrogate’s uterus. The Gestational Surrogate gives birth to a child that is genetically related only to the couple. The subsequent determination of the intended parents’ legal relationship to the child is much more settled and predictable when both intended parents are genetically related to the child. An adoption is not usually required in these cases.

In some cases, parents who are unable to use their own eggs or sperm will decide to use the services of both a Gestational Surrogate and an Ovum Donor or Sperm Donor. We have a great deal of experience in coordinating this kind of dual program. Once again, because one of the intended parents will not be genetically related to the child, a step-parent adoption by one of the intended parents is usually necessary.

Please contact us at 763.494.8800 with questions. We look forward to working with you!