Selecting the optimal gestational carrier: medical, reproductive, and ethical considerations

Helen H. Kim*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The goals of a gestational surrogacy relationship are to have a healthy baby for the intended parents while maintaining the medical and psychological well-being of the gestational carrier. A successful gestational surrogacy relationship will result also in good psychosocial outcomes for the gestational carrier, intended parents, and child. Finding a gestational carrier who will achieve these goals would be the ideal. This article focuses on key medical, reproductive, and ethical considerations to optimize clinical outcomes in gestational carrier cycles. Recommendations from available clinical guidelines regarding gestational surrogacy are reviewed, along with updates from current literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)892-896
Number of pages5
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2020


  • Gestational carrier
  • gestational carrier criteria
  • gestational carrier outcome
  • gestational carrier selection
  • interpregnancy interval

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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