Fertility & Reproductive Health

Gestational Carrier Services at UH Fertility Center

Gestational carriers may be needed in a variety of circumstances, including LGBTQ+ couples or individuals and heterosexual couples in which the woman is unable to carry the pregnancy.

University Hospitals Fertility Center has decades of experience and success with gestational carrier pregnancies . In fact, the first gestational carrier cycle in the United States took place right here at UH.


Make an Appointment with a Fertility Specialist

To schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified reproductive endocrinologists, call 216-285-5028 today.

What Is a Gestational Carrier?

A gestational carrier is a woman who becomes pregnant via in vitro fertilization with a baby that is not genetically related to her, using the eggs of the intended mother/egg donor and the sperm of the intended father/sperm donor.

The term gestational carrier is often used interchangeably with surrogate, however “surrogate” technically refers to a woman who becomes pregnant with an embryo created using her own eggs and the sperm of the intended father or donor. Traditional “surrogates” are not offered at UH Fertility Center due to the ethical and legal complexities that can be avoided when gestational carriers are used instead.

The Gestational Carrier Process

With gestational carrier services, eggs can be obtained from anonymous or known donors. We work with outside donor egg agencies and egg banks and ensure that all egg donors are screened so that couples can obtain a donor that best fits their needs.

Couples or individuals who are considering becoming parents through a gestational carrier can schedule an appointment at the UH Fertility Center for an in-depth discussion to help get all of their questions answered. We work at whatever pace an individual or a couple is comfortable with, and we look forward to helping them build their family.