Exploring Surrogacy: Frequently Asked Questions
For many of us, caring for a child is an innate trait. In fact, raising a child is a fundamental human achievement. Unfortunately, not every person is able to become a mother or father, at least by traditional means. There may be underlying medical issues that prevent them from having their own biological child.
This is where surrogacy is a saving grace for many couples. It provides an extraordinary opportunity for couples to start and raise their own families. Surrogacy may be an alternative path to parenthood, but it’s definitely a remarkable gift offered by a surrogate to intended parents.
If you’re considering helping someone achieve their parental aspirations, you might have many questions regarding surrogacy.
The following frequently asked questions will shed some light on surrogacy for potential surrogate moms:
What are the benefits of surrogacy?
Many women choose surrogacy because there is an emotional reward attached to helping someone else start their own family. During the surrogacy journey, the intended parents and the surrogate are sharing the pregnancy journey, building a close, personal relationship along the way. This cannot be duplicated by anything else.
Are you paid to become a surrogate?
Yes. There is a financial award granted for being a surrogate. It is provided for helping intended parents realize their parental goals.
Will the baby be biologically linked to me?
In gestational surrogacy, IVF procedures are used to fertilize the reproductive cells (sperm and egg) of the intended parents. Once fertilized and the embryo has formed, it will be placed into your womb. As a surrogate, you are providing a healthy place for the baby to develop and grow. However, you will not share any biological connection with the baby.
Am I able to choose the parents for whom I will be a surrogate?
Some of the best surrogacy centers utilize a specific matching process to pair future parents with the surrogate mother. The importance of the matching process cannot be underscored because these relationships last a lifetime. You can be an active participant in the matching process. You need to feel comfortable with the future parents to proceed further.
What qualifications do I need to become a surrogate?
To become a surrogate, you need to fulfill certain criteria. These are:
- Have a healthy weight to height ratio
- Be between 21 and 37 years of age
- Currently raising your own biological children
- Are a non-smoker and live in a non-smoking environment
- No criminal record
- No history of mental health concerns
- Be willing to participate in a series of medical, drug and psychological screenings
How does the surrogacy process begin?
You may start by completing an application form online. The case manager of the surrogacy agency will review your application to see whether it meets the required eligibility criteria. If it does, you will be contacted.
What help or support can I get during my surrogate experience?
The surrogacy center you choose to work with will have a comprehensive support system in place to provide you with the care you need during and after the pregnancy. This includes counseling, nutritional guidance, advanced medical care, etc.
Where can I find out more information about becoming a surrogate?
To learn more about this rewarding and life-changing process, please contact Rite Options.