Becoming a Surrogate: Are You Ready for Pregnancy Again?
Pregnancy is truly an adventure. From the major changes happening to your body to the first time you experience your baby’s first kick, it’s a beautiful and life-changing journey.
That said, mothers aren’t limited to experiencing the joys of pregnancy strictly with their own little ones. Gestational surrogate mothers, or women who carry babies to term for intended parents, get to experience the full wave of pregnancy while helping a deserving family grow.
In short, there are a lot of reasons that a mother would like to become a surrogate. Here’s what you need to know about becoming a surrogate and experiencing pregnancy again.
Becoming a Surrogate
It’s a common misconception that just anyone can become a surrogate. To protect both surrogates and intended parents, the vetting process for surrogates at a reputable agency is a lengthy and in-depth process. This helps to ensure that you are both physically and psychologically prepared for surrogacy. Here are just a few of the requirements for becoming a gestational surrogate:
- Be between the ages of 21-45
- Have previously given birth to a child (uncomplicated pregnancy)
- Meet health guidelines physically and mentally
- Pass a background check
An agency’s requirements are a great indicator of their overall practices. If you are considering an agency with lax requirements and a vague application process, it’s a good idea to steer clear of them!
Why Become a Surrogate
Before making a final decision regarding becoming a surrogate, it’s important that you consider the pros and cons of the decision.
Gestational surrogates should be motivated by the goal of helping another family make their dreams come true with a baby. Surrogacy also allows mothers to stay at home with their children while earning a sizable income. Not to mention, surrogates are free to continue working at their current jobs during their pregnancy and are guaranteed maternity leave if they are covered under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Sharing Your Pregnancy Journey
There are some mothers who simply love being pregnant and we don’t blame them! Pregnancy is an incredible journey that surrogates get to experience. However, there are some notable changes in the process.
Surrogates share important details of their pregnancy with their intended parents. Additionally, the hospital room decorum changes quite a bit, as you’ll have to decide whether you want the intended parents in the room with you. In short, you are sharing the experience of your pregnancy with someone else.
The most important thing to remember is that you have options when it comes to your comfort level. Discuss your boundaries and expectations upfront, so that everyone is on the same page and can get the most out of the surrogacy journey.
Becoming a surrogate is a deeply personal decision that should not be made lightly. That said, it’s important to discuss your decision with your immediate friends and family, you’ll want their support during your pregnancy. Additionally, you should research reputable surrogacy agencies and find one that is the best fit for you.
If you have any questions regarding surrogacy or how to find a great agency, Simple Surrogacy would be happy to answer all of your questions! Don’t hesitate to reach out! We hope to hear from you soon!
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