Read Related: Facing My InfertilityTRADITIONAL SURROGATE OR GESTATIONAL CARRIER Ana decided to become a gestational carrier. That means Ana’s childhood friend and her husband would provide their own fertilized egg that would be implanted into Ana’s uterus. Ana’s role as the “host uterus” is very different than a traditional surrogate who uses her eggs and donor sperm for the pregnancy.
“It was actually on my bucket list,” admits Ana, a mother of a 7-year-old son, and a 5-year-old daughter. Ana believed it was the perfect time to have a baby again. She was healthy; her job as a social worker in San Antonio was going well; and she felt having a child would lift her spirits. Ana and her husband of seven years were in the process of getting a divorce. She says her decision to become a surrogate had nothing to do with the break up of her marriage.