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What is gestational surrogacy?

Gestational surrogacy is a mutual arrangement in which a woman (the surrogate) volunteers to carry a pregnancy for a commissioning couple or person (the intended parents or parent). The surrogate is not biologically related to the baby she is carrying. The egg(s) and sperm come from the commissioning couple or possibly from an egg or sperm donor.

Although surrogacy can seem overwhelmingly complex, our team of experts – including fertility specialists, a reproductive psychologist, and nurse clinicians – is there to facilitate the process by guiding patients through the various steps. Patients interested in pursuing a surrogacy arrangement must seek legal counsel prior to treatment to ensure that all parties make the best decisions and follow the laws that govern surrogacy in Quebec.


To learn more about surrogacy, download our Surrogacy booklet (PDF)