Shared Motherhood

Shared motherhood fosters a unique biological connection between both partners, enabling them to actively participate in the conception and gestation of their child. This approach provides same-sex female couples with a collaborative
and shared experiences in building their family.

In this process, one partner undergoes ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval, and the retrieved eggs are fertilised with donor sperm. The resulting embryos are then transferred to the other partner’s uterus, allowing her to carry the pregnancy.

Who Is Suitable For Shared Motherhood?

Shared motherhood is an option for same-sex female couples who both wish to play a biological role in the conception of their child.

What Does Shared Motherhood Involve?

Step 1 - Consultation and Assessment

The process begins with a consultation with a fertility specialist. Both partners undergo a thorough assessment of their reproductive health, including ovarian reserve and general health.

The couple decides which partner will provide the eggs and undergo ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval, and which partner will carry the pregnancy.

The partner designated as the egg provider undergoes ovarian stimulation using fertility medications to encourage the development of multiple eggs.

Once the eggs are deemed mature, a minor surgical procedure called egg retrieval is performed to collect the eggs from the ovaries. This procedure is typically done under sedation.

The retrieved eggs are fertilized with donor sperm in the laboratory. The sperm can be from a known or anonymous donor, depending on the couple’s preference.

The resulting embryos are cultured in the laboratory for a few days to allow their development.

The selected embryos are transferred into the uterus of the partner designated as the carrier. This is typically a straightforward procedure, resembling a Pap smear, and is performed in a clinic or fertility center.

The partner who is carrying the pregnancy undergoes routine monitoring, including ultrasound scans and hormonal assessments, to track the progress of the pregnancy.

If successful, the partner who carries the pregnancy will continue the pregnancy to term and give birth to the child.

How Can I Find Out if I am a Suitable Candidate for Shared Motherhood?

You can contact us by phone, email or through our appointment form below. We also accept GP referrals.


Transportation of Gametes

Keith Trower MA is the former CEO of Aeromedevac Ireland Ltd, the Irish-based air ambulance, responsible for internationally accredited medical courier transfers of human tissue.  To support egg donation programmes provided by fertility clinics, Aeromedevac was approved for transportation of human tissue by commercial airliner by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) , Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and major airlines such as Aer Lingus, British Airways and Lufthansa. 

As part of his remit, Keith was responsible for overseas medical repatriation services for some 2.2 million PPP healthcare members involving over 250 repatriations by air ambulance every year.

Keith and his team have a wide experience are an independent group and provide valuable inter-clinic transfer knowledge and skill.

We at FIVF will direct you to their services if you require them at any time.

Request An Appointment

Appointment Reason *
First Name *
Last Name *
Date Of Birth *
Phone Number *
Email Address *
Home Address
Preferred Method Of Contact

Frequently Asked Question

Q1: How Do I Schedule an Initial Consultation?

A: To schedule an initial consultation, please contact our clinic directly via phone, email, or through our appointment request form. You may also ask your general practitioner or healthcare provider for a referral.

A: We offer a range of fertility services, including but not limited to IVF, IUI, egg freezing, and donor programs. Our experienced team will guide you through the available options based on your individual needs.

A: Infertility can result from various factors. If you’ve been actively trying to conceive for a year (or six months if you’re over 35) without success, or if you have known fertility issues, it’s advisable to seek consultation. Both partners should undergo initial assessments to determine the cause.

A: The process varies based on the chosen treatment, but generally involves an initial consultation, diagnostic testing, personalized treatment planning, and, if needed, assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF or IUI. Our team will guide you through each step.

A: Our team can discuss available financing options, and we recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand coverage details.

As of 2023, patients may avail of publicly funded IVF, IUI, or ICSI treatments through the HSE if they meet the eligibility criteria. 

A: Success rates can vary based on individual circumstances. During your consultation, we will provide you with personalized information based on your medical history and the specific treatment plan.

A: We welcome both couples and single individuals seeking fertility assistance. Our team provides support and guidance to individuals with diverse family-building goals.

A: Fertility treatments can be emotionally challenging, and the physical aspects vary. Our team is committed to providing compassionate care and support throughout your fertility journey.

A: Adopting a healthy lifestyle can positively impact fertility. Our team will provide guidance on factors such as nutrition, exercise, and stress management to optimize your chances of conception.

A: Patient confidentiality is a top priority. We adhere to strict privacy standards, and all information shared with our clinic is kept confidential.


We Offer High Success Rates!

With both frozen and fresh embryo transfer options available, we tailor our approach to suit each individual’s needs, maximising the chances of conception. Find our more about how our dedicated team of experts utilizes cutting-edge technology and personalised care to achieve outstanding results.


Receive our quarterly newsletters with free advice and announcements from our fertility experts.