What Is A Gestational Carrier?

A gestational carrier is someone who carries a baby for another person or couple. There is no genetic link between the child and the gestational carrier. There are two types of gestational carriers:

  • Known Carriers: A relative or friend of the intended parents who is willing to undergo the interventions and medications needed to prepare to receive the embryos; and then to carry a pregnancy to term.
  • Agency-recruited Carriers: A woman selected through an agency. Agency Carriers receive compensation from the intended parents for their time and inconvenience.

There are several reasons for someone using a Gestational Carrier:

  • Inability to carry a pregnancy yourself due to recurrent pregnancy loss.
  • Medications such as anti-rejection drugs that someone takes following an organ transplant.
  • Absence of or anatomical problem with the intended mother’s uterus.
  • Absence of a female partner in a couple.
  • Medical contraindication to carry a pregnancy such as: high blood pressure, heart disease or advanced maternal age.

The cycle may be configured several ways:

  • Using the eggs of the intended mother, the sperm of the intended father, and the embryos created and transferred to the Gestational Carrier's uterus.
  • Using an egg donor, sperm from the intended father and transferring the embryos to the Gestational Carrier.
  • Using the eggs of the intended mother, a sperm donor and transferring the embryos to the Gestational Carrier.
  • Using an egg donor, a sperm donor and transferring the embryos to the Gestational Carrier.

For Patients

Call us to schedule a new patient appointment. If you are already an established patient, you will still need to call and schedule an appointment for a consultation with the doctor to discuss your donor egg cycle or gestational carrier cycle. 


Bring or mail all prior medical records with you to your appointment.  You can request these records using the Medical Records Release Form.

Stanford IVF/Donor Program
900 Welch Road, Suite 350
Palo Alto, CA 94304

If you have infertility benefits under your plan, you may want to verify with your insurance if donors or gestational carriers are covered.

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For Health Care Professionals


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Fax: 650-320-9443
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