Women who produce unhealthy eggs or who have no eggs at all may consider using a surrogate—a woman who agrees to use her own egg with the couple’s sperm to create a child. (The baby is genetically related to the surrogate mother and the man.) Once pregnant, the surrogate carries the baby to full term, delivers it, and then gives the baby up for adoption to the parents. Your doctor or fertility specialist can refer you to a reputable surrogacy network in your community.
Women who should not become pregnant because of serious health problems or those who have no uterus may look into using a gestational carrier. In this method, a couple’s egg is fertilized with the couple’s sperm, and the embryo is placed inside the carrier’s uterus. (The baby is not genetically related to the carrier.) After birth, the carrier gives the couple the baby. As with surrogacy, your doctor or fertility specialist can refer you to a reputable network that can arrange a gestational birth.
For one reason or another, some couples are never able to overcome infertility or conceive a child. Adoption may be a welcomed alternative for those families who still wish to have a child. A local adoption center can walk you through the process and steps of becoming adoptive parents.