The decision to become a surrogate mother is a life-changing choice. When you carry a child for a family that is unable to conceive on their own, you are truly making their dreams come true. There is so much more to the surrogacy process than simply deciding that you are going to become a surrogate mother.
There are very specific criteria that you’ll need to meet before you are even presented as an option for potential intended parents. You’ll need to choose which type of surrogacy you are open to. Then, you’ll need to discuss the terms and conditions of your surrogacy contract with the family whose child you are carrying.
Continue reading to learn more about the various components of becoming a surrogate mother to better prepare yourself for what’s to come.
Meeting Surrogate Mother Requirements
Before you can become a surrogate, you will need to make sure you meet some specific criteria. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Abstaining from smoking and illegal drug use
- Having a healthy body mass index
- Being of healthy childbearing age
- Already having carried one pregnancy to full term with no complications
- Being free of sexually transmitted infections
If you are hoping to become a surrogate mother, you should also be prepared to be evaluated by a mental health professional and have your own transportation to and from prenatal appointments. You may also need to make sure you’re not depending on government financial assistance, as the base compensation for surrogate mothers may interfere with your eligibility for these benefits.
Choosing Your Type of Surrogacy
Once you’ve met the requirements for becoming a surrogate, you’ll need to decide which type of surrogacy arrangement you’re willing to enter into. There is traditional surrogacy, where you’ll use your own eggs to become pregnant with either the intended father’s sperm or donated sperm, and there is gestational surrogacy.
In gestational surrogacy, you will undergo in vitro fertilization, which means you will be implanted with an embryo of the intended parents’ sperm and egg or donor sperm and egg. There are benefits to each of these options, and Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. can help you make the decision that is best for you.
Signing Your Surrogacy Contract
After you’ve been selected by the intended parents, you will enter into your surrogacy contract. This contract will discuss every possible question either party might have about the arrangement, including your base compensation rate, all financial aspects, whether the intended parents will attend prenatal appointments and/or the birth, what happens if the intended parents divorce or if one passes away, a pre-birth order (where applicable), and any other issues that might arise.
Your surrogacy contract will also address medical records and evaluations and discuss the type of surrogacy you and the family you are working with have agreed to. You can discuss the details of your surrogacy contract with your surrogacy professional at our international surrogacy agency.
Interested In Becoming a Surrogate Mother? Contact Us
When you’re ready to become a surrogate mother and be matched with a family who is longing for a child of their own, reach out to Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. Reach us through the contact buttons at the top of the page or give our office a call at 412-884-2229 to schedule your initial appointment today.