In gestational surrogacy the surrogate is not biologically related to and does not share any genetic connection with the embryo. Instead, through a technique called in vitro fertilization (IVF) an embryo is created and then placed in the reproductive organs of a potential birth mother who agrees to carry the resulting child to term on behalf of the intended parents and to surrender the child after birth. In a traditional or genetic surrogacy, the surrogate is biologically related to the embryo. The surrogate conceives a child that is genetically her own (usually by intrauterine insemination) using the sperm of a man other than her husband or partner and agrees to carry the child to term and then surrenders the child at birth. It is essential to carefully consider which type of surrogacy is best suited for you.