Gestational Carrier Program

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Gestational Carrier Program

RMA of New York is proud to offer our patients the option of choosing a Gestational Carrier. With its roots embedded in the family diversity movement, and on the heels of legalized same-sex marriage in New York State, RMA offers assistance to same-sex male couples, single males, and women who are unable to carry a pregnancy by guiding them through the complex process of having a child using a gestational carrier.

The Gestational Carrier Program at RMA of NY begins with a consultation with one of our physicians. You will have the opportunity at this time to also meet with a coordinator who will be able to provide information on donor options, gestational carrier agencies, reproductive lawyers, and required testing.

Once a plan has been agreed upon between the doctor and patient, the coordinator will schedule any mandatory testing, including an optional, but recommend, orientation visit with Dr. Georgia Witkin, our psychologist. Much like a traditional IVF cycle, embryos are created at the RMA laboratory, and subsequently cryopreserved.

We will work closely with the agency of your choice to coordinate the treatment and testing of your chosen gestational carrier. Extensive screening will take place, including criminal background checks, medical history, home visit(s), psychological screening, and other tests.

RMA of New York will require a completed and executed legal contract between the intended parents and the gestational carrier before any treatment can be initiated. This is to ensure the legal protection of all parties involved.

After the carrier has cleared the screening process and all appropriate consent forms and contracts have been received and reviewed by RMA staff, the transfer cycle can begin. A typical cycle will take 4 to 6 weeks and require multiple office visits that include blood work and ultrasound. These visits will be coordinated by an RMA nurse.

This program is designed to promote family equality and diversity, and to support a vast array of intended parents on their journey to parenthood.

As a proud supporter of LGBT rights, RMA of New York is honored to have been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. The HRC is the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and their acknowledgement of RMA of New York’s efforts was a result of their annual survey encouraging equal care for LGBT Americans. Our combined efforts to continually improve our services, training, education and outreach to LGBT individuals throughout the community are part of our collaborative mission in helping more patients realize their dream of building a family.

To be commended as a Leader in Healthcare Equality, clinicians must meet four criteria, including the implementation of patient non-discrimination policies that are fully inclusive of LGBT individuals, visitation policies that explicitly grant equal visitation rights to LGBT patients and their visitors, non-discriminatory employment practices that are inclusive of both sexual orientation and gender identity, and extensive training in LGBT patient care. RMA of New York has met all of these criteria in order to be recognized for its patient care.

RMA of New York is a proud supporter of LGBT rights and has taken great strides to help patients face special challenges when it comes to receiving equal and inclusive care, especially with regards to family planning and fertility. We are proud of the entire team for its role in helping RMA of NY to earn this recognition, and will continue our efforts to demonstrate our commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families.

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