NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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traditional surrogate
(truh-DIH-shuh-nul SER-uh-gut)
A woman who carries and gives birth to a baby for a person who is not able to have children. The woman who is the traditional surrogate can either get pregnant by artificial insemination with sperm from a sperm donor, or her eggs can be fertilized in the laboratory with sperm from a sperm donor to make an embryo. The embryo is implanted in the uterus of the traditional surrogate, who carries the baby until birth. The traditional surrogate is genetically related to the baby and is the biological mother.