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Surrogacy. It’s a word that means something different for each person. For Intended Parents, it’s the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of becoming parents. For the Surrogate, it’s the chance of giving new life to a family who has been waiting for a child of their own.
Surrogacy is an incredible journey, and everyone has their own unique experiences. Still, the rewards and benefits of surrogacy are life-changing. Let's explore why women and intended parents choose gestational surrogacy, and if this path is right for you.
Intended Parents come from all walks of life. Some are couples who have struggled with infertility issues, some are same-sex couples, and some are single parents who are ready to start a family but haven’t chosen a partner yet.
In any case, all Intended Parents have one thing in common: they want a family and can’t do it on their own.
This is where a Surrogate steps in. When using a gestational carrier, or surrogate, let’s understand the benefits of surrogacy for Intended Parents:
Sharing genetics are important to some parents. Many parents want a biological connection to their children, and using gestational surrogacy allows this to happen. The Intended Parents can decide what sperm and egg are used when making the embryo, and transfer the embryo into the surrogate through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
This means parents can use their own sperms and eggs, so they’re the biological parents of the child. In the case of same-sex couples, they’ll need to find an outside donor (egg or sperm) to create embryos. After the egg retrieval and fertilization, the embryo(s) are transferred back into the surrogate’s uterus and carry the fetus to full term.
During a surrogate pregnancy, the health of the woman and the baby are of utmost importance. Because of this, women who are accepted to be surrogates must have had at least one healthy pregnancy on their own before carrying another couple’s baby.
Testing, such as blood work and ultrasounds, will be done to make sure your surrogate has a healthy uterus and she’s fit, both physically and emotionally. These precautions allow Intended Parents to have a higher success rate and protect everyone’s health. There’s a significant amount of time, emotion, and money put into this process, so it’s important to have success rates.
No more waiting weeks and weeks for answers and ending up with more negative pregnancy tests. By using a Surrogate, you can be confident that your baby will have a healthy environment for the next nine months.
It’s standard practice for the Surrogate and the Intended Parents to enter into a legal agreement to establish legal parentage and every one’s duties over the surrogacy process.
This is to eliminate any surprises that may come up in the future. By having a legal agreement from the beginning, everyone can relax and enjoy the process from the very beginning. At Hatch, your surrogacy package includes legal representation, so you’ll be taken care of right away.
Because of the terms in the legal agreement, it’s normal for Intended Parents to attend doctor’s appointments and be present during the delivery of a baby.
When Intended Parents get to be involved, they are allowed the opportunity to enjoy and experience the excitement that comes with having a baby. They can be there every step of the way.
While pregnancy can be taxing on a woman’s body, it is also an incredibly sacred experience. Women who choose to be Surrogates often enjoy being pregnant. It allows them to feel all the wonders of growing another baby -- even if their own family is complete.
Because surrogacy is such a unique experience, those who have gone through it have an instant connection with others who have also experienced it. Surrogates can connect, share their stories, and as a result, create deep bonds of friendships between other women.
Since all the legal negotiations are taken care of before the process begins, Surrogates can relax and just worry about taking care of themselves and the baby.
The legal agreement is designed to protect the Surrogate including making sure she is compensated fairly and to protect her for when the baby is born.
First, women who sign up to become Surrogates do so because they want to help families. But they will also be compensated fairly. Surrogacy is typically a year-long commitment, and there are many physical and emotional demands.
This compensation can be used to achieve future goals such as buying a house or paying for an education.
Surrogacy can be physically and emotionally demanding. But at the end of the day, it creates special connections.
The relationship between the Intended Parents and the woman who carries their baby is not one that will soon be forgotten. Intended parents and Surrogates who choose surrogacy will find that that the benefits of surrogacy far outweigh any of the negatives.
To be a part of this rewarding experience, so whether you are Intended Parents, or a wanting to become a Surrogate, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to make sure this is a positive experience for all involved.
Note: This blog has been updated since it's original publication on 4/25/2019.