Advantages and disadvantages of the surrogate process

The Surrogate Mother process: What does it involve?

Surrogacy is becoming an ever-increasing option for starting families in the United States. Americans are often curious to find out more about how the surrogacy process works, but they don’t have access to the right information or the latest developments in their home states. For many women, the idea of entering into a surrogacy process is something that appeals to them for a variety of reasons, whether it’s due to fertility challenges or to start a non-traditional family. For these matters, surrogacy frequently provides a holistic and well-rounded solution, either commercial or otherwise. Whichever the motivation or individual circumstances are, surrogacy is a significant life decision which impacts on the surrogate and the intended parents as well as their wider circles. For this reason alone, it is fundamental that the challenges and responsibilities of all parties are taken into consideration when starting a life changing process like surrogacy.

Advantages of surrogacy for all kinds of families

One of the main advantages of surrogacy is that it provides more options for non-traditional and more diverse families when it comes to the dream of growing theirs and raising their own children.

Single moms have become an increasing user of surrogacy reproductive assistance, considering the growing trend in the United States for women who choose to start a family without having to have a male or female partner, through the aid of sperm donation and surrogacy.

Surrogacy gives a wider range of options to different kinds of families. The LGBT community also represents one of the large users of surrogacy assistance, particularly in states with legislation that allows easier access to parenthood for same sex couples or single parent households.

The Surrogate Mother process: What does the term ‘surrogate mother’ actually mean?

A surrogate mother is a woman who agrees to carry and give birth to a child for another person. She is considered to be taking part in an assisted reproductive technology, and should be fully aware of her role, rights and responsibilities. It is important that the intended parents build a healthy bond with their surrogate mom; a long-lasting, respectful and wellness-oriented relationship that can be built between both parties. Surrogate moms have their right into health insurance, to be kept informed about any type of medical procedure and its potential side effects, choose her own medical team if side effects develop, get psychological help at any stage of her pregnancy, and receive the compensation agreed on as part of the commercial surrogacy process. Bear in mind that mental health and communication is the key for all people involved in the process.

What are the costs of a surrogate mother process?

When it comes to costs for the surrogate mother process, compensation requirements can really vary from state to state, but they tend to fall somewhere in the region of $90-130,000. In states like California, where the demand is even higher due to the state’s liberal and progressive social policies, costs can sometimes end up being higher. It’s worth reminding that states with more progressive surrogacy laws, often prove to be easier and, for this reason, many prospective parents choose those states.

Do your research

We hope this article has given you an overview of what surrogacy can entail and what benefits it can offer for those wishing to raise children. It goes without saying that doing research about this topic is important, and that knowing your state’s laws and your options when it comes to starting the life-changing surrogacy journey.

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