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.
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.
A sex cell that belongs to either a man or a woman that contains genetic information that passes along to their children.
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.
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.
Medical records are the documents that include your medical examinations, diagnosis and treatment history.
Identification document, much like a birth certificate, which designates the Intended Parents as the unborn baby’s parents.
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys.
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.”