Some questions individuals might ask themselves about becoming a surrogate generally fall into three categories: how to be a surrogate, what is the surrogacy process, and why should you become a surrogate.
While the requirements to become a surrogate and surrogacy procedures can vary, from place to place, each agency typically has a comprehensive selection process to ensure that the potential candidate is emotionally and physically stable enough to be a surrogate and are a perfect match for the intended parents (IPs) or individual.
The reasons for becoming a surrogate can also vary, from person to person, but the end result is always the same and is what makes becoming a surrogate a worthwhile cause—you help make someone’s dream of creating a family a reality.
Reasons to Become a Surrogate
The following are just some of the reasons a woman might decide to become a surrogate:
Being a Surrogate for a Friend or Family Member
When it comes to the people we love, we will often do anything within our means to help them out. In some cases, that means becoming their surrogate! There have been a number of instances where women have found themselves in the position to help out a family member (most often a sibling) or even a close friend who is unable to have a baby or has complications becoming pregnant—and you can, too!
Even though gestational surrogacy (when the surrogate is not genetically related to the baby she is carrying) is becoming increasingly common, traditional surrogacy or partial surrogacy is a route that can particularly benefit family members who cannot use one of their own eggs.
This is because, with a traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s egg is used to create the embryo of the child she is going to carry, thus allowing the child to have a genetic link to both IPs, instead of just one.1
Change the Lives of Those in Need
Going beyond your family and friends, however, you’ll find that there are many couples and individuals who are in desperate need of a surrogate in order to grow their families.
These couples are usually people who have struggled with infertility or who suffer from other fertility challenges, such as the absence of a uterus, uterine abnormalities, paralysis, and blood disorders (to name a few). Single parents and same-sex couples who cannot have a child on their own are also becoming increasingly common IPs.
Whoever they are, and for whatever reason, you have the opportunity to truly impact the lives of other people and give them the greatest opportunity of becoming a parent.
Are you ready to use your gift to help and enrich the lives of others? Get in touch with our staff or call toll-free at (877) 976-9483.