7 Ways to Know if You’re Ready to Become a Surrogate in CO
Surrogacy is a life-changing service you can provide for hopeful families. It is also a commitment. How do you know when you are ready to become a surrogate? Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado matches surrogates with intended parents and provides support throughout the surrogacy journey. Below we describe ways to know if you are ready to become a surrogate in Colorado.
- You understand the surrogacy process
As a prospective surrogate mother, you should get to know the steps of the surrogacy process and familiarize yourself with the finer details to prepare for the journey. Gestational surrogacy, where the surrogate carries an unrelated embryo, is the accepted form of surrogacy in Colorado. As a surrogate, you will be matched with intended parents, interview them to get to know each other, and agree to a successful match with a surrogacy contract. You will then begin a fertility treatment protocol, and your intended parents will produce eggs and sperm to form embryos with in vitro fertilization. The embryo(s) will be transplanted in to your uterus, where a successful pregnancy should take place. You will need to attend medical appointments, follow prenatal protocols as directed by your OB/GYN, and maintain regular contact with the intended parents. On a fateful day, you will get to experience the first meeting of intended parents and child. Your surrogacy agency will provide counseling and support as needed throughout the journey. We have a number of resources to guide you along the journey. Contact one of our surrogacy specialists with any questions you may have about the surrogacy process.
- You are comfortable sharing personal details
For the surrogacy specialists to match you with an intended parent or intended parents, they will ask you to fill out a lengthy application full of questions about your personal and medical history. Preparing yourself to be open and honest will help you feel more comfortable getting to know the intended parents and create a meaningful relationship with them as you maintain contact throughout the pregnancy.
- You are physically healthy
To become a Colorado surrogate, you need to be physically healthy enough to carry a safe and successful pregnancy. To test this, surrogates need to go through a medical screening process. A physician will decide whether or not you are healthy enough to have a healthy pregnancy. You also need to have a history of uncomplicated pregnancies. This will give the physician and fertility clinic confidence that you are a good candidate to have another healthy pregnancy.
- You meet the surrogacy agency requirements
To ensure the safety of the surrogate and the baby, surrogacy agencies have surrogate requirements. These are created based on the guidelines of reproductive medicine authorities.To be a surrogate in Colorado, you must meet requirements that may be similar to the following:
- You must be between 21 and 39
- You must have had at least one healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy
- You must be actively parenting at least one child
- You cannot be parenting any children on Medicaid, food stamps or TANF
- You cannot have had postpartum depression after your previous pregnancies
- You cannot have any mental health issues
- You cannot have been on any medication for depression, bipolar, or any other mental health issues
- You are healthy and free of sexually transmitted diseases
- You do not smoke or take illegal drugs
- You are not alcohol dependent
- You are not currently on public assistance
- You can pass a background check
- You must be a U.S. citizen living in the U.S.
- You must be able to travel as needed for appointments
- You must have a stable lifestyle and support system
- You have a strong support system
You know that your partner, friends, or loved ones are prepared to support you with your emotional needs through the hormonal changes that come with pregnancy. You have a support person who will be by your side during important medical appointments.
- You are comfortable traveling
While you can see your personal OB/GYN once the pregnancy is confirmed (or once the fertility clinic releases you to your OB/GYN), you will need to travel to the fertility clinic chosen by your intended parents. This may mean air travel and stay away from home for days at a time. You will also need transportation to attend the milestone medical appointments close to home.
- You are ready to give your time and energies
Surrogacy requires a lot of energy and brings changes to your body as well as your emotional state, thanks to the hormonal changes that come with pregnancy. Support from your family and friends will help you thrive as you bring the gift of life to a hopeful family.
Are you ready to become a Colorado surrogate?
To start on the path to becoming a surrogate in Colorado, you can fill out one of our applications. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado has the surrogacy specialists to answer all of your questions and direct you to the next steps of your surrogacy journey.
If you are interested in learning more about your gestational surrogacy options, contact Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
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