The surrogacy process involves a different people with different specialties.  A lot of terms and abbreviations are used that can be confusing, which is why Omega put together this authoritative surrogacy dictionary to make understanding easier.

B

BMI

Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI is an indicator that attempts to quantify the amount of tissue mass (muscle, fat, and bone) in an individual, and categorizes that person as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese based on that value.

E

Egg

Egg

The female gamete or sex cell that contains the genetic information to be transmitted by the female.

Embryo

Embryo

The fertilized egg after it has begun the process of cell division.

Embryo Transfer

Embryo Transfer

The medical procedure where the embryo is placed inside the uterus.

F

Fertilization

Fertilization

When a sperm and an egg come in contact and an embryo is produced.

G

Gamete

Gamete

A sex cell that belongs to either a man or a woman that contains genetic information that passes along to their children.

Gestational Surrogate

Gestational Surrogate (or Gestational Carrier)

A woman who carries and delivers a child without providing her egg, for another couple or person. This term is often abbreviated as GS or GC.

Gestational Surrogate Profile

Gestational Surrogate Profile

A document where Intended Parents can learn more about potential Surrogates.

I

Intended Parent

The person who cannot carry children naturally and chooses surrogacy as their family creating option.

Intended Parent Questionnaire

The first step of the Intended Parents’ Surrogacy Journey, where they present themselves to their future surrogate.

invitrofertilization

Invitro Fertilization

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is an assisted reproduction method that involves combining an egg with sperm in a laboratory.

M

medical records

Medical Records

Medical records are the documents that include your medical examinations, diagnosis and treatment history.

P

Pre-Birth Order

Identification document, much like a birth certificate, which designates the Intended Parents as the unborn baby’s parents.

Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys.

S

sperm

Sperm

The male gamete or sex cell that contains the genetic information to be transmitted by the male.

T

Tubal Ligation

Tubal Ligation is a contraceptive method where a woman’s fallopian tubes are tied, to prevent pregnancy.  This is also known as “having your tubes tied.”