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Are you thinking of becoming a surrogate mother?
To become a surrogate mother is a big decision. You’re about to give another person or couple the chance to have children that they wouldn’t have without people like you.
What an incredible gift!
Surrogate mothers are special people. However, surrogacy is certainly not for everyone.
If you’re interested in knowing what surrogate mothers go through, keep reading.
What’s a Surrogate Mother?
Surrogate mothers get pregnant through the process of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). For more information about IVF treatment, check out the American Pregnancy website.
This process uses the eggs of the intended mother or egg donor along with the sperm of the intended father or sperm donor. After this, in the IVF laboratory, the embryo is created through a process of fertilization between the egg and sperm.
The surrogate becomes pregnant through an embryo transfer. This is a quick and painless procedure. This means that the surrogate mother is in no way genetically related to the child or children.
The Process of Becoming a Surrogate
You will be guided through the process of becoming a surrogate mother. At every stage, you will have support, from the first meeting with the intended the mother(s) and father(s) to the moment you give birth.
Surrogate mothers always have a say on which couple or individual to work with. You will also be financially compensated. Plus, the appreciation of what you’re doing will be shown by the individual or couple.
Requirements of Surrogate Mothers
There are certain basic requirements for becoming a surrogate mother. Some of these may include questions such as:
- Are you between 21-40 years old?
- Do you have U.S. citizenship?
- Do you receive any state welfare?
- Do you have a driver’s license?
- Do you have a previous record of major complications in pregnancies?
- Do you have a criminal record?
- Do you live a surrogacy-friendly lifestyle?
Every agency has different requirements and questions they ask potential surrogates. But consider your answers to the above questions before approaching an agency.
What Agencies Do for You
Agencies play a key role in the process of surrogacy. They’re there to provide surrogate mothers with support and advice.
They want to make the whole process of surrogacy as simple and smooth as possible for you.
You also have the possibility to meet with previous surrogates to learn from their experiences.
You will usually be provided with support groups to share insights and experiences with other surrogate mothers. This has been shown to be invaluable for many surrogate mothers who are having to overcome the challenges of surrogacy.
Become a Surrogate Mother
Now you know the basics of what it takes to become a surrogate mother. Are you still interested in finding out more?
This is an important decision. It’s a wonderful act of kindness to bring life into the world for other people.