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June 29, 2017

Being a Surrogate: Your Rights During Pregnancy

Being a Surrogate: Your Rights During Pregnancy

Surrogate Parenting Services (SPS) offers support for those who have decided to take the next steps toward being a surrogate. Before you embark on the process, it’s important to understand more about being a surrogate and your rights during pregnancy. In California, you will receive quality care and support from both an agency such as SPS and state laws that protect both you and the intended parents.

Your Options for Being a Surrogate

There are two types of surrogacy. Traditional surrogacy relies on natural fertilization. A traditional surrogate provides one of her own eggs for fertilization with the sperm of a donor or intended father; this process is called intrauterine insemination (IUI). Gestational surrogacy, on the other hand, uses a process called in vitro fertilization to create an embryo. An egg and a sperm, from donors or intended parents, are joined together through IVF and then carried by the gestational surrogate. In other words, a gestational surrogate is a carrier and has no biological relationship to the baby. SPS is a full-service surrogacy program, offering support for gestational surrogates and the respective intended parents.

Your Rights as a Gestational Surrogate and Rights for Intended Parents

Being a surrogate in California means that you have some of the best support there is. California is considered to be a surrogate-friendly state, which means there are protections in place to ensure that you and intended parents can navigate the surrogacy process with confidence.

Your Rights as Gestational Surrogate

In addition to customized, personal care that you’ll receive from SPS, there are rights you are entitled to an as surrogate mother.

You have the right to a contract with your surrogacy agency. In order to ensure that the contract meets all of your best interests and works in your favor, you will meet with your own attorney as provided by SPS to go over the details. With this contract, you will feel confident and secure in your responsibilities and expectations as a surrogate.

You have the right to compensation. Your compensation details will be laid out in your contract as well. Compensation can vary depending on first or second-time surrogates and other variables. Rest assured that you will understand the details of your own compensation fully before moving forward. See our main site for more information on surrogate compensation.

You have the right to choose your intended parents. At SPS, the matching process between surrogate and intended parents is personal and thorough. Both parties go through screenings, personality profiles, and meetings with a mentor such as Cristie Montgomery before meeting each other in person. After this arrangement, you still have the opportunity to think of the match and decide if it’s a good fit.

Rights for Intended Parents

As a surrogate-friendly state, California allows all intended parents to establish legal parental rights of their child even before the surrogate gives birth. Regardless of the sexual orientation or marital status of the intended parents, they are not required to go through adoption proceedings to be dubbed legal and natural parents. The same consideration that SPS gives to surrogate mothers in choosing their intended parents is of course given to the intended parents when searching for a surrogate. They have the right to consider any and all matches set up by the agency and ask necessary questions until the perfect match is found.

Knowing that being a surrogate comes with protections to ensure you have a positive experience can help you feel confident in moving forward. Both parties involved will have access to all necessary information and will receive 24/7 care and guidance from SPS. Your positive experience is heightened further by knowing that the future intended parents you work with are accepted fully by SPS and the state of California.

How to Navigate Being a Surrogate

Being a surrogate is one of the most generous gifts you can give. Every surrogate has the freedom and options available to navigate through the process and all legalities with ease. Sufficient communication is the best way to make sure that all parties are satisfied and on board with the process. If you choose SPS as your surrogacy agency, rest assured that experienced and trusted mentors will be there with you every step of the way to help you understand all that comes with being a surrogate and your rights during pregnancy. You can learn more about becoming a gestational carrier or apply directly through our website or contact us directly if you’re interested in growing your family via surrogacy.

June 15, 2017

Surrogacy in California: Working with International Intended Parents

Surrogacy in California: Working with International Intended Parents

Becoming a surrogate is one of the greatest gifts you can give to parents trying to build a family. Surrogacy in California is particularly special because, as one of the most advanced and liberal states concerning surrogacy law, it allows intended parents and surrogates to come together from all over the world in many unique ways. As a surrogate, you have the option to help build a family an entire ocean away from you.

Why International Intended Parents Choose Surrogacy in California

People around the world who desire to start a family of their own often turn to the United States for surrogate options. Surrogacy in California is especially ideal for many intended parents because of its surrogate-friendly attitudes and laws. The state of California accepts all intended parent arrangements, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation. There are several other factors that drive international intended parents to look for surrogates in California, including:

Stigma in their countries. Certain parts of the world ban surrogacy altogether. For would-be parents, this can be devastating. Exhausting all other options for building a family can be not only exhausting and physically taxing, but extremely expensive. This is why many people from countries around the world head to the United States, California specifically, to get help starting their family.
The Desire for better health care. Even if surrogacy is accepted in their country, intended parents may still be concerned about the medical options available for the surrogate they find. In California, surrogate mothers receive top-notch health care while pregnant, not to mention additional compensation for any extra medical costs that may incur during the surrogacy process.
High-quality agencies. Surrogate agencies in California, such as Surrogate Parenting Services, provide personalized care and guidance for both surrogates and intended parents every step of the way. SPS, for instance, takes care of all travel arrangements and setting up necessary appointments and meetings for intended parents. This takes off much of the pressures of being far away from the surrogate mother throughout the pregnancy.
Egg donor options. There are often more options for finding egg donors in the United States as well. Many intended parents from around the world desire certain traits for their child or they may simply be unable to find a donor arrangement that works due to stigma, health, or other factors.

The International Surrogacy Process

The process for joining international intended parents and surrogates is similar to the process for finding parents in California and across the United States. In the same way that Cristie and other mentors at Surrogate Parenting Services personalize the match between surrogate and parents in California, liaisons work with parents around the world to find the best match for everyone involved. SPS never sacrifices the quality of the match, and their commitment to personalization no matter where the parents are located.

To start the international process, SPS sets up a phone consultation between the surrogate, intended parents, and the organization. This is required to make sure everyone is on the same page and that the match works for both parties before any travel happens. After the initial consultation, the intended parents will travel to the United States. SPS takes care of all necessary details and appointments during this trip to optimize the travel time for the parents. Any doctor, psychologist, and legal appointments will be scheduled in addition to a time for the parents and surrogate to meet. SPS even provides assistance with housing, transportation, and interpretation for the parents if necessary.
Surrogacy in California Starts with Surrogate Parenting Services
If you’ve decided to explore options for surrogacy in California, it’s worth considering working with international intended parents. You could potentially help build a family for parents across the ocean who desire nothing more than the gift of a child. When you partner with Surrogate Parenting Services for all your surrogacy needs, you’re in the right hands. Learn more about our international surrogacy program today.

June 1, 2017

Becoming a Surrogate: Undergoing the Psychological Evaluation

Becoming a Surrogate: Undergoing the Psychological Evaluation

Becoming a surrogate is a beautiful way to help people who desire to be parents start their families. If you’ve decided this is the right path for you, you’ll need to understand how the process works before making any further steps, as each stage is crucial to your success. After your initial decision and meetings with your agency, part of becoming a surrogate involves undergoing the psychological evaluation. This is a key step and is necessary for moving ahead and matching with intended parents.

Why Undergoing the Psychological Evaluation is Important

Undergoing the psychological evaluation is a step in your surrogacy process that you can feel confident about. This evaluation is meant to ensure that you are a good fit for not only surrogacy but for the potential intended parents that you may be matched with. Not everyone is ready or able to become a surrogate, even if they feel that it’s the right choice, so the evaluation is designed to reassure you and help you feel confident in your choice and the remaining processes. It will help you decide if surrogacy is truly right for you and it will show any surrogacy agency that you are serious about the next steps.

How the Evaluation Works

At Surrogate Parenting Services, the psychological evaluation usually happens after the initial screening and the home visit as the final step before moving forward with meeting the intended parents. The psychologist you will meet with is completely trusted by the organization. SPS and its psychologists have years of partnership between them and all psychologists have specialized experience in working with surrogate mothers. At this point in the process, you will meet with an experienced psychologist and undergo a screening test. All you have to do is be your honest, authentic self. The aim is to determine if you are mentally able to perform as a surrogate. You can expect a 3-4 hour visit with the psychologist, which includes an interview and personality testing. After the test, the psychologist creates a report for SPS and it goes to the intended parents for them to review. After the parents review the information from the psychologist and are ready to move forward, SPS will arrange the meeting between the two parties.

Start the Process of Becoming a Surrogate

Becoming a surrogate takes time and dedication. You can feel confident in your process by understanding each stage and being open for asking any questions you might have. The time it takes to go through the necessary steps, including undergoing the psychological evaluation, is well worth it. You will be thankful for it in the end because it’s all a way of ensuring that you, the intended parents, and your own family, are on the same page and ready and willing to have a positive surrogacy experience. For more information on how to start your journey, complete our online form today.

May 29, 2017

Surrogates: What to Expect After Finding Intended Parents

Surrogates have a unique path. They not only get to make someones dreams come true by helping to grow their family, but they also have the unique experience of selecting which family to work with. At SPS, we help take the guesswork out of the equation by matching surrogates up with intended parents we feel strongly will make a good pairing, based on important things like values and personalities. Of course, this only sets the groundwork for the surrogacy process, and you may find yourself wondering exactly what happens after you meet your ideal match. To be blunt, its nothing like the movies, but it is a magical process.

You’ll Have a Medical Evaluation with the Intended Parents’ Physician

Before any procedures are carried out, youll meet with the intended parents physician. This is usually a doctor who specializes in in vitro fertilization (IVF) and surrogacy pregnancies. During the exam, the doctor will make sure youre healthy enough to be a gestational carrier and will map out a treatment plan.

You’ll Meet with an Attorney

Surrogacy contracts are an essential part of protecting both you and the intended parent(s). They ensure that youll be paid what you expect and when you expect it, plus they also make it possible for the intended parents to go forward and make the arrangements for custody of the baby before he or she is even born. California has some amazing laws on the books, and taking advantage of them is as easy as a session or two with an experienced surrogacy attorney. We can help make sure you get matched with a lawyer who will draw up the contract with you in mind or who will independently review one to make sure you are looked after properly.

You’ll Undergo IVF

Sometimes, the intended mother will be able to use her own eggs for the surrogacy process. If this is the case, youll both undergo treatment to sync your cycles. Other times, a frozen embryo or donor egg may be used.  A typical IVF cycle will take 4-6 weeks. If all goes well, youll be pregnant at the end of the cycle. If not, you and the intended parents can decide how many cycles youre willing to try.

You’ll (Hopefully) Be Pregnant

When a frozen embryo is used, the odds of success is generally just below 50%. However, this skyrockets to 65% when the embryo is new. If youre in one of these categories, theres about a 95% chance youll have a successful delivery. A congratulations is certainly in order, but youre not done yet. Youll have 7-8 months of regular checkups. These will be more frequent than the ones you had with your own prior (non-IVF) pregnancies. These visits are a great opportunity to invite the intended parents in to share the joy.

You’ll Welcome a Baby or Babies

Although recent studies suggest that transferring more embryos wont necessarily increase your odds of success, it does increase the odds of multiples when there is a success. Somewhere between 15-18 months after you first started your journey, youll welcome a baby or babies into the world, and youll forever be part of the miracle that helped complete a family.

Get More Info on the Guidelines for Gestational Surrogates

The surrogacy journey is amazing, and youll be surrounded by people who care about you and want to support you throughout. However, not everyone is able to become a surrogate, simply because a life or lives hang in the balance. If youve been considering becoming a surrogate, please review our surrogacy guidelines and reach out to us if you think youre a good fit.

May 17, 2017

Surrogacy in Media: How to Deal with Negative Representation

The sad truth is that all you have to do is flip on the TV these days and you’re likely to be hit with negative or inaccurate messages about surrogacy. In a previous blog, we looked at all the ways the Gilmore Girls revival got surrogacy wrong, but they’re not the only ones. Whether people simply just don’t understand surrogacy, they want to stir up drama, or they ham it up for comedic effect, they do sometimes paint it in a negative light. Here’s how to deal with it when you see it.

1) Correct Misinformation

If you’re thick-skinned, it’s ok to call out the media about spreading misinformation. Most organizations have a dedicated email or phone number to notify them of bad info they’ve given out. You can also clarify things in comment threads if the author of an article is known for listening in.

2) Set Emotions Aside

There are very few things in life that are as emotional as a woman’s right to choose what happens with her body or struggles with infertility. Whether you’re approaching surrogacy as an intended parent or gestational carrier, you’re going to be naturally emotional and defensive about your position. Unfortunately, emotions won’t help correct misinformation or get the media to realize the errors. They only help sensationalize their story. Stick to the facts when correcting their misinformation, and you’ll feel better in the long run.

3) Turn a Blind Eye

If you’re having trouble setting emotions aside, it’s ok to let it go. There’s no rule that says you have to call the media out on everything that gets presented incorrectly. Disconnect from the source of bad info.

4) Focus on Your Core Group

If you still feel like fighting the fight and sorting out the media’s issues, tackle it with a smaller group of people instead of on a public forum or news site. Hopefully, those closest to you will be glad for the clarification, and it will give you the opportunity to create bonds as you begin your journey. Just talking about the surrogacy process with friends and family can open up new avenues for support.

5) Chat with Like-Minded People

When you constantly hear negativity or misinformation, it can feel overwhelming. In addition to disconnecting from the negativity, you can also find groups of people who share your passion for surrogacy. Being around like-minded folks will help fill you back up when you’re feeling deflated. Plus, you may find that your group is actively correcting misinformation as a unified front.

Learn More About Surrogacy

At SPS, we’re all about information. If you’d like to explore your options to see if surrogacy is the right choice to help you grow your family or you want to know if you’re qualified to become a gestational carrier, we’re glad to help. Potential gestational surrogates can begin by reviewing our guidelines and intended parents can contact us right away.

May 5, 2017

Being a Surrogate: Tips for Managing 3 Unexpected Symptoms

Being a surrogate is a wonderful experience that leaves gestational carriers with lasting fond memories. There’s the first little flutter kicks, the excited looks on the faces of the intended parents the first time they hear a heartbeat, and that final moment where the little one arrives. These are the treasured moments that everyone looks forward to, and most love talking about, but there’s a lot more to being a surrogate than this. There will be times where you’re a little shocked by your own body and the bizarre symptoms that sometimes accompany pregnancy. This is about how to cope with those often unspoken moments.

1) You’re Bursting (with Gas!)

During pregnancy, hormones can slow your digestive system to a crawl and create some awkward moments on elevators. When gas strikes, there’s not much you can do but let it go, but there may be some things you can do to help prevent it before you earn the affectionate name of Pumbaa. For starters, avoid the things you know will cause gas, such as beans and broccoli. Other lesser-known offenders, like cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts should be nixed if gas becomes an ongoing problem, too. You can also help your digestive system by drinking lots of water and making sure your diet is high in fiber.

2) Your Legs Look Like a Child’s Artwork

As pregnancy continues, you may start to notice blue lines appear all over your legs. When they’re smaller, they’re referred to as spider veins, and larger ones are called varicose veins. Although these are common in pregnancy, they’re not a sign of health, though they’re not overly dangerous either. They appear because blood flow has been cut off and the veins have become distended as blood pools in the stretched-out areas. Once the veins are pulled out of shape, they don’t ever go back to normal on their own. Although you can’t do anything about the increased blood volume that contributes to it, you can make sure you’re propping your legs up, moving around a lot, and wearing special socks to prevent them. If you start to notice blue or purple lines, be sure to talk to your doctor about preventing more. If you catch them early and/or stop their progression, you can have the cosmetic issues corrected after the baby is born with a simple outpatient procedure.

3) Mucus, Mucus Everywhere!

Other hormonal changes can lead to swelling and irritation of the mucus membranes. This may mean that you’re sneezing or blowing your nose all the time. It can also make you snore at night. And, if you have those problems, chances are you’ll also have a lot more vaginal discharge too. While the hormonal changes that cause mucus overflow are good for a healthy pregnancy, they can leave you feeling sick or less than fresh. To help manage the sinus symptoms and snoring, you can use saline nose sprays and humidifiers. Antihistamines can sometimes help as well, and drinking lots of water can help if you’re feeling stuffy or if the mucus is especially sick. There isn’t much you can do about the secretions down below, but wearing a liner will help.

Interested in Being a Surrogate?

It probably sounds funny to invite women to be a surrogate after covering bizarre pregnancy symptoms, but most gestational carriers love being pregnant and know these oddball issues pass in the blink of an eye. They’re also a very small price to pay for making someone’s dreams come true. If you’re interested in being a surrogate, we’d love to hear from you. Please take a moment to review our surrogacy guidelines and contact us today.

April 28, 2017

After Surrogacy: Should You Bank Baby’s Cord Blood?

Intended parents have plenty of things to think about before, during, and after surrogacy. If you’re a first-time parent, you have the responsibility of organizing a whole new lifestyle to match your new parenthood. Decisions need to be made concerning your work-life balance, finances, childcare, health, and nearly everything else. Being a parent permeates into every aspect of your life. Before receiving the gift of your child, you may also consider one more decision: whether or not to bank your baby’s cord blood.

What is Cord Blood?

Cord blood refers to the blood found in the umbilical cord and placenta after childbirth. It has historically been considered waste to discard, but research has developed to show that this blood contains important stem cells that have proven themselves useful in various health treatments. Stem cells are unique because they are essentially the body’s building blocks; these are the only cells in the human body that have the ability to regenerate more cells with specialized functions. For instance, stem cells can turn into blood, brain, heart muscle, or bone cells. This makes them wildly valuable in the medical field for various reasons, but perhaps most importantly regenerative medicine, which is the process of replacing diseased cells with healthy cells. Conditions that can be treated with cord blood and stem cell therapies include Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, spinal cord injuries, blood disorders and various forms of cancer including leukemia.

Pros of Banking Cord Blood

Banking your child’s cord blood can be a unique insurance policy for the future. By saving these valuable stem cells, you may be ensuring treatment for your child if they one day contract an illness or condition that stem cell therapies can treat. If not for your child, the blood may be a good match for another family member or relative. This is especially important to consider if there are known health conditions in the family.

Cord blood stem cells are also often a better option for medical treatments than bone marrow, another option often used in stem cell therapies. Because cord blood cells are less mature, the body is more likely to accept them without risk of rejection. The process of collecting cord blood is also much simpler than bone marrow donations and pain-free at that.

A public cord blood bank could save your child’s life or someone else’s. If a child has a health condition that requires stem cell therapy, his or her own stem cells may not do any good because they already have the same genetic makeup as the cells that exist with the condition. If this is the case, your public bank donation means that your child’s cord blood is still available for the public. You may be potentially saving another person’s life.

Cons of Banking Cord Blood

Though there are clearly many important uses for cord blood, there are several cons to banking. The biggest may be the cost. Private cord blood banks often charge $1,000 – $2,000 to save your child’s cord blood at birth. This goes hand in hand with an annual storage fee. For many people, experts agree that this cost is too extravagant when compared with the chances that the cord blood will actually be used down the line. It can be an extremely expensive insurance policy.

There is also the fact that cells from stored cord blood don’t last forever. Experts agree that they are usually viable for 10 years, but beyond that it’s hard to say how effective any treatment with these cells may be. To invest a large sum of money into an insurance policy that can’t guarantee effectiveness can be a big risk.

Simply finding available blood banks can also be a challenge. Because private banking is so expensive, many choose to go the public route. However, it’s highly likely that you’ll find yourself in an area with no access to a public cord blood bank. Not all hospitals participate in these donations.

Make an Informed Decision About Banking Cord Blood After Surrogacy

No matter what you decide to do, be sure that you take the time to make an informed decision. Just as you did throughout the surrogacy process, make sure to ask plenty of questions. It may be a good idea to reach out to other parents, especially those that have used surrogacy, and hear their reasoning to bank or not. Get as many differing points of view as you can to make the most educated decision. Finally, trust your intuition. As a new parent, you have the right to make the best decisions for your family regardless of other’s opinions. For more information and answers to other questions about surrogacy and intended parenthood, head to the SPS website or contact (949) 397-2920.

April 17, 2017

Surrogacy Process News: Dads Get the Pregnancy Blues Too

At SPS, we pride ourselves in supporting the “team” during the surrogacy process. This means being there for intended parents and surrogates throughout every step that occurs, offering guidance, resources, and help. New research indicates just how important these services can be to growing families, as a recent study indicates that dads get the “pregnancy blues” too.

A Spotlight on Male Mental Health

Pre and postpartum depression in new mothers has been a subject of research for quite some time now. Experts have known about the risks of this depression and the changes in a woman’s hormone levels that contribute to it. The latest research has revealed factors that can contribute to depression in expectant fathers as well.

During pregnancy – particularly the last trimester – roughly 13% of expectant fathers are likely to experience symptoms of depression. This data comes from a study done at McGill University in Canada, in which 622 men answered questionnaires during their partner’s pregnancy from the sixth month to childbirth. The collective answers revealed that a lot of factors are involved in expectant fathers’ depressive symptoms, including financial stress, lack of sleep, increased marital tension, history of mental illness, and even signs of depression in the mother.

In the surrogacy process, this research applies to both surrogate partners and intended fathers as both parties are affected by the pregnancy. Though some of the factors may differ depending on which side is in question, it’s safe to say that each party has their fair share of stressors. For instance, a surrogate’s partner may feel the most stress during the last three months of the surrogacy as the childbirth draws nearer and the surrogacy process enters its final stages. For an intended parent, especially a first-timer, there is the stress of considering new financial and emotional responsibilities. No matter which side is considered, this new spotlight on mental health in men is an important revelation.

Coping With the Blues

The good news is that with more research being conducted on this topic of pregnancy blues in men, more attention and help will be available for expectant fathers. As we learn more about depression and its triggers, common wisdom about treating it and its symptoms apply.

  • Speak with Friends and Family
  • Get Out and Enjoy Life
  • Talk to a Professional
  • Be Physically Active
  • Eat Right
  • Sleep Well

Begin the Surrogacy Process

No matter where you are in the surrogacy process or which role you play, being aware of this new research can help you better prepare and handle everything that comes with surrogacy. At SPS, surrogates and their intended families receive a highly-personalized experience and the best of the best when it comes to mentors and guides. To learn more about the surrogacy process, check out the SPS website or contact the agency at (949) 446-1220.

April 4, 2017

5 Surrogate-Friendly Cold-Busting Remedies

You already know that being in optimum health while pregnant is crucial. Carrying a child is no small task, and as a surrogate, you have an especially important responsibility. Because your immune system changes a bit to accommodate childbearing, you are that much more susceptible to catching the common cold. When prevention isn’t enough to keep the cold bug away, try these surrogate-friendly cold-busting remedies to get back to health as soon as possible.

1. Count Those Z’s

One of the most important things you can do to treat a cold during your pregnancy is to get more rest. Take advantage of this recommendation and sleep whenever you get a chance. As a pregnant woman and a surrogate especially, you have plenty to deal with in your day-to-day life. Take it easy and take care not to exert yourself too much until you are feeling back to normal.

2. Eat Right and Stay Hydrated

In addition to getting ample rest, staying hydrated is key for getting rid of colds as quickly as possible. Drink plenty of clear liquids. This will keep you hydrated and can help ease a headache. It’s also essential to keep up with healthy eating habits as much as you can. When you’re feeling less than awesome, eating regular meals can feel like a chore. However, it’s important to maintain proper nutrition and get enough vitamins, now more than ever. If you don’t have much of an appetite or eating is uncomfortable, you can eat smaller portions but try to eat more often. Make sure to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your meals as much as possible.

3. Treat Your Symptoms Naturally

There are several natural home remedies for alleviating some of the tougher symptoms of a cold while pregnant. If you’re battling a sore throat or a pesky cough, try adding honey and lemon to hot water and drinking this throughout the day, especially before bedtime. This combination will help to soothe any soreness or scratchiness. Gargling with a warm saltwater solution can also ease a sore throat. Sucking on ice chips can provide relief and ensure you maintain proper hydration as well. If you’re congested, try using a humidifier during the day and especially at night. It also helps to keep your head slightly elevated when you sleep. Nasal strips are another safe option to help relieve some minor congestion during a cold.

4. Ask Your Doctor

It’s important to know that regular medications for cold or cough symptoms should be approved by your doctor before taking. Acetaminophen, for instance, is generally an approved option for surrogates to take for relief of minor aches and pains. Medicated throat lozenges are also usually safe to take for sore throats. At any rate, consult your doctor to form a health plan during your surrogacy.

5. Reach Out for Support

As a surrogate, you have both a responsibility to yourself and the baby to stay as healthy as you can. When you’re not feeling your best, keep your spirits and mood up by keeping in touch with people who have been there and understand what you’re going through.

SPS Can Be Your Surrogate Partner

Surrogate Parenting Services is proud to stand beside and support our surrogates and intended parents throughout their journey. If you haven’t yet started with an agency and think surrogacy might be right for you, please review our information for intended parents and for surrogates. Then, let us know when you have questions or are ready to move forward.  

March 29, 2017

4 Subtle Signs You Might Want to Become a Surrogate

The decision to become a surrogate is not one that can – or should – be made overnight. It takes a lot of consideration. If you’ve thought about it before but weren’t sure you had what it takes, you may need to go back and evaluate yourself and your lifestyle to see if surrogacy is for you. There are several signs to look for that might just show you that you want to become a surrogate.

1. You Love to Help People

The first and one of the most important qualities you must possess if you want to become a surrogate is a love for helping people. For many, giving back is one of the best ways to reenergize. If you feel your best while taking care of someone, volunteering, or going out of your way to make someone feel special, then this is probably true for you. It’s safe to say that giving the gift of a child to parents who truly desire and deserve one is something not just anyone can do. It takes a generous person. If you often feel like you’re looking for more or bigger ways to give back, surrogacy may be right for you.

2. You Value Family

When family is your first priority in life, you can understand how precious the gift of a child is. You realize that having a child has been one of the best things to happen to your life, and you can’t imagine anyone else who wants to build a family not having a chance to do so. Family time for you is something to be cherished. As a surrogate, you would give someone else the gift of family and you might just end up with another kind of family of your own. There are cases where surrogates and intended parents develop lasting relationships and closer bonds than they ever could have imagined. If you want to give the gift of family, consider surrogacy.

3. You Love Being Pregnant

This one might seem obvious, but not everyone enjoys being pregnant. If you loved being pregnant and had an easy delivery, you already meet one of the requirements for becoming a surrogate. Not only would you get another opportunity to experience all the things you loved about being pregnant, you would be doing something huge for someone else who doesn’t have that chance.

4. You Are Dedicated

Being a surrogate, while a wonderful experience, is not always easy. It takes a special kind of person, one who is dedicated and passionate about what they’re doing and why. If you feel that you’re a hard worker who always sees things through to the end, it might be a fit for you. Think about what others say about you, whether in the workplace or your personal life. Are you known for your dedication? If your friends and family know you as the kind of person who loves a challenge and puts your whole heart into what you do, you might just have the moxie it takes to be a surrogate.

Become a Surrogate

It takes a very selfless and special woman to become a surrogate. If you feel like this is the right path for you and would like to partner with an agency that will look out for your interests and needs throughout the journey, we’d love to hear from you. Please review our surrogacy mother requirements and contact us today.