If you are a member of the LGBT community and want to start a family, you have many options to pursue parenthood. Many intended parents choose adoption. Surrogacy, however, is an excellent way for gay couples to create a family using some of their own DNA. Surrogacy allows families of all backgrounds and sexual orientations to come together and create life.
At Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc., we can discuss surrogacy options that make sense for your situation. Whether you are in a gay marriage or you are a gay individual looking to parent a child, we can help you achieve your dreams.
How to Find a Surrogate as a Gay Couple
Finding a surrogate mother as a gay individual may be easier than you think. Many women become surrogates because they want to change lives and make a difference.
There are surrogates who work with gay couples specifically because they understand how significant that gift of life is. It’s important to find a surrogate excited about working with you so you can enjoy the experience together.
Gestational vs. Traditional Surrogacy for Gay Families
Gestational surrogacy can be a great option for gay families because a surrogate mother will become pregnant through the process of in vitro fertilization and then carry the child to term. In this process, one of the intended parents can use their sperm and the parents can also choose the donated eggs.
Some couples may choose a close friend’s or family member’s eggs from the other intended parent so the baby has DNA from both sides of the family. No matter where the egg and sperm originate, gestational surrogacy provides the couple total control.
Traditional surrogacy uses the egg of the surrogate mother and sperm from one of the intended parents or a donor’s sperm chosen by the intended parents.
The difference in traditional surrogacy is that the surrogate mother will be the biological mother of the child, though she will give up her legal rights to the child. Although traditional surrogacy may be a cheaper option, the emotional impact of the surrogate as the biological mother can be more difficult.
Contact Our Experienced Surrogacy Agency
Gay surrogacy is a different experience in some ways, but it still provides many of the same options and benefits as surrogacy for other intended couples. It is important to discuss your situation with a reputable agency if you want to feel knowledgeable before choosing surrogacy for your family.