ProcreaWinnipeg, Manitoba


Surrogacy is viable option for women with damaged or absent uteri, serious health concerns, a history of recurrent miscarriages or for same-sex couples wishing to start a family. It is the process in which a woman assists an infertile couple by carrying and delivering a baby to term when they are unable to do so themselves. Most often surrogacy involves the woman of the donor couple undergoing IVF, but not receiving embryos. Her eggs are fertilized in a dish or tube with her partner's sperm. Once the surrogates cycle has been synchronized with that of the donor female, the embryos are planted in the uterus of the surrogate.

Surrogacy can be limited as it may be difficult for a couple to find someone to act as a surrogate. While a surrogate may be a family member, friend or supplied by an agency, Canadian law specifies that surrogacy can only be done altruistically. No payment or compensation can be given to the surrogate for their gift.

At HEARTLAND, surrogacy is reviewed on an individual basis.