Whether you’re single and ready to have a child or part of a couple that’s unable to biologically conceive children, you can add a child to your family in one of several ways.
A great number of people choose to adopt children to start their family. However, many couples and individuals don’t feel that adoption is right for them. Below, we discuss why many people choose surrogacy over adoption.
Biological Relationship to the Child
Unless you are adopting the child of a blood relative, you are not going to be biologically related to your adopted child. Surrogacy gives intended parents the opportunity to still be the biological parents of their child, despite not having carried their child through pregnancy.
First, you can choose to go through a traditional surrogacy, in which the surrogate mother carries a child conceived with the father’s sperm and the surrogate mother’s egg.
Alternatively, you can choose gestational surrogacy. A common option that involves in vitro fertilization, gestational surrogacy allows the intended mother and father to have their own egg and sperm implanted into the surrogate mother, who will then carry the child.
Adoption does not allow for the intended parents to be biologically related to their child, but a biological relationship is often important to hopeful parents.
Choosing Your Surrogate Mother
For families who want to know the family medical history of their children, surrogacy is the clear choice over adoption. Often, adoption doesn’t give the intended parents information regarding the biological mother’s medical history. In some cases, such information isn’t even available.
In surrogacy, you’re able to choose who your surrogate mother will be and thoroughly screen potential surrogates before you’re even presented with options. That way, you can make sure your surrogate mother is in optimal health before you choose her to carry your child.
Your Surrogacy Contract Protects Your Family
One major problem with adoption and foster care is that biological parents often change their minds. When a couple has been struggling to have children of their own and has that opportunity taken from them at the last moment, it can be traumatizing.
In surrogacy, the intended parents will work with our agency to develop a complete surrogacy contract that explicitly states that the intended parents are the rightful parents of the child in question, among other things, so that they are protected.
Reach Out to a Caring and Experienced Surrogacy Agency
When your dream is to have a child of your own and adoption just doesn’t seem like the right fit for your family, reach out to Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. We can stand by your side throughout your surrogacy journey. We will work tirelessly to ensure that, when all is said and done, you finally have the child you’ve always wanted.
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