Can I Be a Surrogate for a Friend?
If you are considering becoming a surrogate mother for a family member or close friend, your experience will be different than it would be if you chose to be a surrogate for intended parents who you do not know. While you will be able to bypass the matching process of a typical surrogacy situation, surrogates for friends and family deal with more complex emotional relationships.
Regardless of whether you choose to be a surrogate mother for a friend, family member, or unknown individual or couple, using a surrogacy agency can help ensure all legal contracts are secure. The agency will help mediate between hospitals, doctors, lawyers, and insurance companies. Whether or not you are close with the intended parents, Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. can make the experience feel less overwhelming.
Understanding the Emotional Burden of Surrogacy
One of the biggest differentiating factors in being a surrogate mother for a friend versus a person or couple you do not know is the emotional burden you will take on. While being a surrogate for a family member or friend will likely strengthen your relationship, it can also cause tension because of unclear boundaries. Using a surrogacy agency can help to clarify those boundaries on the front end.
The Financial Aspect of Being a Surrogate for a Friend
Though paid surrogacy is legal in many cases, you still may be hesitant to accept any sort of financial compensation from your close friend or family member when you agree to be their surrogate mother; however, once you have helped them successfully create their family, they may feel that they are indebted to you and have no way to repay that debt. Without financial compensation involved, these emotions can become tricky.
A surrogacy agency can counsel you and the intended parents on the best way to handle compensation, whether that be purely covering medical expenses or providing other forms of payment and financial assistance.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Surrogacy Center Now
If you are ready to move forward as a surrogate mother or would simply like more information on the process surrogates go through, you can schedule a free consultation with a member of our team here at Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. We would be happy to help ease your concerns and answer your questions. To start the discussion, call 412-281-9906 or click on the button at the top of the page.