Gestational Carrier Program
If you are unable to carry a pregnancy to term because of a medical condition—such as cancer, problems with your uterus, or the absence of a uterus—the Gestational Carrier Program at the NYU Langone Fertility Center can work with you and a woman selected to carry your baby.
In New York state, compensation to a gestational carrier, also known as a gestational surrogate, is not allowed. If you’re considering a carrier who requires compensation before February 15, 2021, and live in New York, we facilitate this through our program affiliate, Greenwich Fertility, in Greenwich, Connecticut. Altruistic surrogates who are not receiving compensation are accommodated in our New York office.
Before an embryo transfer into a gestational carrier, screening required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must be completed on the sperm and egg source. Screening involves a physical exam, blood testing, and a questionnaire. A physical exam and testing is also performed for the gestational carrier.
After FDA screening, embryos can be created through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Often, an individual and their partner contribute eggs and sperm to be used in the IVF process. If necessary, we can facilitate the use of donor sperm or refer you to our Egg Donor Program. The resulting embryos are frozen. If you’re a New York resident and using a compensated gestational carrier before February 15, 2021, embryos are shipped to Greenwich Fertility. For gestational carriers who are not compensated, embryo transfer takes place at the Fertility Center.