S.E.E.D.S., Surrogacy, Embryo and Egg Donor Services, Inc., offers a comprehensive program of Gestational Surrogacy and Egg Donation. S.E.E.D.S. assists couples, single individuals, and gay and lesbian couples. Our staff has experience working with infertile couples and individuals all across the United States and Internationally. We have staffs that are fluent in French and Spanish, and we can provide services in both languages.
Having a child with the help of a Gestational Carrier or Egg Donor can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. Unlike some alternative methods of creating a family, the surrogacy process allows a child to be biologically related to one or both parents. Surrogacy gives the Intended Parent/s the opportunity to become involved in the pregnancy itself.
A Gestational Carrier is a woman who voluntarily acts as a “host carrier” for a couple or individual that is unable to achieve or maintain a pregnancy that will result in a successful birth. The Gestational Carrier is not genetically related to the baby, the Intended Parent/s will use their own eggs / sperm or an Egg Donor and sperm donor.
We understand how emotionally, physically and financially demanding it can be to choose to be a participant in the Gestational Carrier program in order to achieve a pregnancy. Advances in reproductive medicine give couples and individuals many choices in creating their own family. During the S.E.E.D.S. initial consultation, available options will be explored and compared so that you can select and understand a program before starting.
S.E.E.D.S. believes it is important for you to be as informed as you can be about the Gestational Carrier you choose to work with.
S.E.E.D.S. is here to guide you, but you will make the final decision when being matched with the Gestational Carrier, The match is a two way process between both parties, IP’s and the Gestational Carrier.
We can provide you with a Social Background Report on the Gestational Carrier done by the S.E.E.D.S. Counselor. The Social Background Report process involves a series of interviews designed to help a Gestational Carrier educate herself about surrogate motherhood and to determine if surrogate motherhood is right for her. This report includes all of her basic information, vital statistics, family background, health and psychological information, fertility testing, present life situation, personality and goals.
S.E.E.D.S. maintains a small select group of Gestational Carrier candidates, who have been recruited and gone through a lengthy acceptance process following the guidelines from ASRM, SART and the FDA regulations.
Our staff believes it is important for you to be as informed as you can be about the Gestational Carrier Program and we will help you to navigate and coordinate this unique relationship.
All of our Gestational Carriers are medically and psychologically screened after their initial application is accepted; we then have a face to face interview and psychological evaluation with the Gestational Carrier candidate at the S.E.E.D.S. office. Following the interview a criminal background check is conducted. Before she is accepted into our program, we schedule a second meeting with the Gestational Carrier candidate and her husband or significant other, including a professional Counselor in order to cover how the program works and to discuss and explore all the different issues which might arise in an IP / Gestational Carrier relationship.
The Gestational Carrier should be between the ages of 21 and 42, with a healthy pregnancy, labor and delivery history. Gestational Carriers will be medically screened at the appointed Fertility Clinic following the FDA regulations requiring testing for HIV, Hepatitis, infectious diseases, medical disorders (such as diabetes), illicit drugs and alcohol.