Disclaimer: We are neither legal or medical professionals, just two intended parents sharing the knowledge we’ve picked up along the way. Do not take this advice in replacement of guidance from qualified professionals.

Provincial Funding for Fertility Treatment:

Surrogacy and Federal Law:

Our Fertility Lawyer:

Sara R. Cohen, Fertility Law Canada

Our Fertility Clinic:

Dr. Karen Glass, CReATe Fertility Centre

Our Surrogacy Agency:

4U Surrogacy Canada

Infertility Organizations (Canadian):

Conceivable Dreams

Fertility Matters

Surrogacy ‘Lingo’:

Intended Parents (IPs): The parents, biological or not, who will be raising the child.

Surrogate: A woman who carries a pregnancy on behalf of intended parents. She can be either a gestational or traditional surrogate.

Traditional surrogate: A woman who acts as a surrogate using her own donated egg.

Gestational surrogate: A woman who acts as a surrogate and does not use her own egg.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): A process where a medical fertility expert combines the egg and the sperm to create an embryo.

Embryo: A fertilized egg.

Blastocyst: The stage when an embryo is ready to be transferred.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidy (PGT-A): An elective test of embryos to determine the number of chromosomes it carries. This test is often recommended to decrease risk of transfer failure and miscarriage.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Monogenic and Single Gene Defects (PGT-M or PGD): An elective test done on embryos of patients who are at an increased risk for passing down a specific genetic condition. The test identifies which embryos carry the genetic condition.

Transfer: A procedure where a blastocyst is transferred to the surrogate’s uterus.

Match: When a surrogate and Intended Parent(s) formally agree to move forward on a surrogacy journey together.

Rematch: A term used to describe a match after an initial match has fallen through.

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