Sometimes having a family requires the help of another person. Third party, or collaborative, reproduction with the assistance of donors and/or surrogates, can be a very effective option to help start or grow your family. Every path to parenthood is different—whether you choose to pursue known or anonymous egg donation, embryo donation, gestational surrogacy, or donor sperm, your RMANJ care team is here to support your decisions and will be with you every step of the way.
Egg donation is a process in which fresh or frozen eggs from a known or anonymous, screened donor are combined with sperm in the laboratory via in vitro fertilization (IVF). The resulting embryos can then undergo genetic testing and cryopreservation for subsequent transfer to the recipient’s uterus.
Embryo donation is now offered at RMANJ, as well. Some couples who have completed their own families through IVF choose to give their remaining frozen embryos to RMANJ with the intent of matching them with other hopeful parents.
A gestational carrier is a woman who carries a pregnancy for someone else. At RMANJ, we only work with carriers from surrogacy-friendly states and countries to ensure legal parentage can be established without question. Your care team will help guide you through your options for selecting the right carrier for your family, and navigate the process of finding appropriate legal representation.
Some may choose to work with a friend or relative to carry the pregnancy, while others prefer to match through an agency with a woman who has applied to become a surrogate.
Donor sperm can be used from a known donor, an anonymous donor whose identity is not disclosed, or an open-identity donor which gives your child the option to contact the donor after turning 18 years old. Once matched, donor sperm can be used for intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization.