Every year, approximately 750 babies are born via surrogacy.
Being a surrogate mother for a family is the ultimate gift- you’re providing a family with a child that they otherwise couldn’t have.
However, before you jump into the surrogate application process, there are some things you need to know.
Check out this guide to learn the top things you need to know about becoming a surrogate mother.
You Need to Meet Some Basic Requirements
Before you apply to be a surrogate, there are some basic requirements that you need to make sure you meet.
These requirements are set forth by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine to ensure the safest and healthiest pregnancy possible.
If you don’t meet these requirements, we’re sorry to say but there’s nothing you can do.
With that being said, here are the basic requirements:
You must have given birth previously to at least one (live) child
You must be between the ages of 21 and 42
You must be in good health
You must be a non-smoker and not use drugs
Your BMI must be within a normal range
Your previous pregnancies must have been healthy with no complications
You must be financially stable and not on any form of public assistance
In addition, if you have an IUD, you will have to remove it before beginning the process.
The Screening Process is Intensive
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because you meet the basic requirements, you’ll be a surrogate mother in a week’s time.
In order to become a surrogate, you must first undergo an intensive screening process.
The screening process involves both a psychological component and a medical component.
The psychological component is meant to assess if you’re mentally fit to be a surrogate, whereas the medical component determines if you’re physically fit.
Having a Strong Support Network is Important
We’re not going to sugarcoat it for you- becoming a surrogate mother is a physically and emotionally draining process.
And, the fact that you have to ‘give up’ the baby you’ve been carrying inside of you at the end of the pregnancy can be very emotionally taxing for some.
For this reason, it’s very important that you have a strong support network to help you through all the ups and downs of surrogacy.
You’re going to have to deal with off the wall hormones, people questioning your decision to become a surrogate, and of course, all the side effects that come with being pregnant.
Basically, this isn’t a process you want to go through alone, so make sure your friends and family are willing to support you.
Your Relationship With the Intended Parents
When you’re a surrogate, you’re undoubtedly going to form a strong bond with the baby you’re carrying.
But, you’re also going to form a bond with the intended parents.
However, it’s up to you to decide the type of relationship you’re going to have with the intended parents.
Would you like the parents to come to scans and appointments with you?
Do you want them to get to know your family members and vice versa?
Do you prefer to keep in touch with them via text or phone call?
These are all things you’ll want to consider before signing up to be a surrogate.
Are You Ready to Become a Surrogate?
Now that you’ve read this article, you should have a better idea of whether or not becoming a surrogate is the right decision for you.
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