Key Surrogacy Terms You Need to Know About Colorado Surrogacy

Some of the key players in surrogacy are referred to by titles coined by the industry. Gestational carriers or surrogates and intended mothers are critical to gestational surrogacy. Without intended mothers, we would have no need for surrogates or gestational carriers. Without surrogates and gestational carriers, intended mothers could not raise a child from birth. All of these actors are important when it comes to surrogacy, so we will describe who these people are and how they interact in gestational surrogacy.

Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is a surrogacy agency that helps match intended mothers with surrogates. We offer this guide to all those seeking information about surrogacy.

Gestational Carriers

Gestational carriers are women who choose to carry a baby for another person. Often this is the term used for surrogates who work with a family through gestational surrogacy.

What is Gestational Surrogacy?

Gestational surrogacy is a procedure that allows a woman to carry someone’s child while not being related to the baby. Egg and sperm from the intended parents or donors are combined to form an embryo. The embryo is transplanted to the gestational carrier’s uterus, where a successful pregnancy will lead to the birth of a child who is entirely unrelated to her.

This is the form of surrogacy that is most commonly accepted across the nation. The procedure eliminates legal troubles and emotional attachment difficulties that sometimes arise with traditional surrogacy, which is where the surrogate uses her own egg to form the embryo (this is illegal in most states). Intended parents and surrogates alike benefit from an arrangement of gestational surrogacy.


Surrogates are women who choose to carry someone else’s child through pregnancy. The term “surrogate” is used interchangeably with “gestational carrier” because they perform the same service in gestational surrogacy.

Who Becomes a Surrogate?

Surrogates must meet certain requirements which have been guided by fertility clinics and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. These women are between 21 and 38 and are physically healthy. They must also have had a history of healthy pregnancies without complications and must currently be parenting at least one child. Surrogates are also emotionally mature and prepared for the challenges of pregnancy.

Women who become surrogates are those who want to give back to others. Often these women recognize the struggle other hopeful parents have with fertility and choose to pursue surrogacy out of an altruistic need to serve others. Some women become surrogates to help family, friends or loved ones build their families. These women know the joy of having a family and want to give others the chance to experience raising a child from birth.

Being a surrogate takes a lot of time and energy. These women sacrifice their bodies to go through pregnancy and have children for other families. Surrogate mothers are a community of women who want to bring more joy into the world and fulfillment into the lives of others.

Intended Mothers

Intended mothers are women who want to have a baby with the help of surrogacy.

Who are Intended Mothers?

Many women become intended mothers. These women may be single or in a relationship and come from all realms of life experience. Many intended mothers seek out surrogacy because they have had difficulty having children. A large portion of these women come to surrogacy after going through in vitro fertilization treatments without success.

Other intended mothers come to surrogacy because of lifestyle or physical impediments to being pregnant. Women who have damage to their uterine lining or who have had their uterus removed are not physically able to have healthy pregnancies and carry a child to term. Many health conditions also make it unwise for a woman to become pregnant, as it can negatively affect her health and that of the baby.

Intended mothers rely on the help of physically healthy surrogates to have their children. Surrogates have demonstrated their ability to safely give birth and are willing to help other families grow. Intended mothers are grateful for the ability to grow their families with the help of gestational surrogacy.

Learn About Who’s Involved in Surrogacy

How do these people find each other and interact to coordinate the birth of a child and growth of a family? Many times, these people go to a surrogacy agency.

Surrogates who contract with surrogacy agencies are able to enjoy the services that a surrogacy agency can provide, such as matching services, counseling, and support throughout the surrogacy journey. Intended mothers can go to a surrogacy agency to be matched with a vetted surrogate and receive support throughout the process.

For all of your surrogacy questions and to learn more about becoming a surrogate or intended mother, speak with a surrogacy specialist at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado.

If you are interested in learning more about your gestational surrogacy options, contact Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.

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