The term “gestational surrogacy” refers to a process in which embryos are created outside a uterus using one or both of the intended parents egg and sperm and/or donor egg or sperm.
The embryo is then transferred through a medical process into the uterus of the surrogate or carrier. There is no genetic link to the surrogate/carrier of the embryo.
“Gestational Surrogacy” is differentiated from “Traditional Surrogacy” in that there is no biological link between the baby and the surrogate. In a traditional surrogacy, the surrogate provides the egg.
Although Gestational Surrogacy is a more complex process and more expensive than traditional surrogacy, Ohio has established law that states that the intended parents will be designated as the parents of a child born to a Gestational Surrogate. Because the surrogate has no biological link to the child, she cannot keep the child as her own.