Gestational Surrogacy is where the surrogate carries a fertilized embryo created by the prospective parents or uses a donor egg from someone other than the surrogate. This requires a process called In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). The embryos are implanted into the uterus of the surrogate and there is no genetic link between the surrogate and the child.
The average waiting time for a surrogate has been from 3-6 months, depending upon qualifications each family is seeking. All of the potential surrogate candidates must have or have had children. The average age of the surrogates range from 20-34 years old with the majority of the surrogates being married.