9 Great Questions for a Surrogate to Ask Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado
Do you have a heart for others? Do you enjoy being pregnant? Does the thought of helping an intended parents’ dream come true get you excited? If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, then becoming a surrogate may be a great option for you!
Deciding to become a surrogate mother is a courageous and selfless act. Not only are you putting others’ before your own, but you are helping deserving intended parents have a family that they may not be able to have without you. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed or confused at first, as are the many unanswered questions swirling around in your head. It’s hard to know for sure what information is and isn’t reliable — especially if you are solely researching on the internet.
But no need to worry. You’ve come to the right place. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is here to help you answer great questions for a surrogate to ask before working with a surrogacy agency.
1. What does it Mean to Be a Surrogate?
If you’re thinking of becoming a surrogate, this is a great question to ask. It’s important that you understand all that being a surrogate entails before making a commitment or entering into an agreement with intended parents.
Put simply, a surrogate is a woman who carries a child for intended parents. Depending on where she lives, her state may have specific requirements that she needs to meet. With our surrogacy agency, we recommend that our surrogate mothers are between the ages of 21 and 39, have a successful pregnancy history, and be parenting at least one child already. This ensures that she is healthy and can carry a baby safely to term.
2. Who are the Intended Parents Who Work with Your Surrogacy Agency?
Similarly, with knowing what it means to be a surrogate, it’s important that you learn all you can about the potential intended parents that you will be working with in the surrogacy journey. If you do not already have intended parents in mind, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado will help you match with a hopeful couple or individual with who you feel most comfortable with.
Our surrogacy agency helps intended parents who struggle with infertility or other known health issues. We welcome couples and individuals who are married, single, transracial and same sex. Any intended parent who wants to have a family, cannot carry or conceive a child on their own, we are here for them.
3. How would I Become a Surrogate through Your Surrogacy Agency?
You will fill out an online contact form through our surrogacy agency website, and then be scheduled to receive a free consultation. At this initial meeting, you will meet with a surrogacy specialist who will give you all the information and resources you need, then help you determine whether or not you want to sign a surrogacy agreement with us. Your health and safety is our top priority, so we will ensure that you feel comfortable and confident before making a final decision.
After that, you will go through health screenings, which includes a physical exam, background check and psychological evaluation. Finally, you will go through the matching process, where you will be able to interview prospective intended parents and, eventually, help welcome a new life into the world!
4. Why Should I Work with a Surrogacy Agency instead of Independently?
As a surrogate, you have to think about your wellbeing, the wellbeing of the baby you are carrying, and the intended family you are helping. The physical, legal, and emotional process of being a surrogate mother can be too much for one person to handle. An agency like Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado can help alleviate the stress and make the surrogacy process much easier on you.
5. What does the Surrogacy Process Look Like with Your Surrogacy Agency?
You will go through a medical procedure known as “in vitro fertilization” (IVF). This is where the egg and sperm of the intended parents is fertilized in a lab setting, then transferred into you. If either of the intended parents are not able to use their egg and sperm, respectively, donors or egg and sperm banks may be used. But, the important thing to note is that none of your genetic material will be used. Once the embryo has been placed, you will then carry the baby to term.
6. Is the Surrogacy IVF Procedure Safe?
Yes! Our surrogacy agency screens both the intended parents and you to ensure everyone’s safety. You will also have access to our surrogacy counselors, as well as other outside services, if needed, to give you peace of mind.
7. Am I Legally Protected as a Surrogate Mother?
Absolutely! At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado, you will have access to our in-house legal counsel and will have adequate representation. Our agency highly recommends that both you and the intended parents have your own surrogacy lawyer to ensure that everyone’s rights are respected throughout the surrogacy journey.
8. What if I Live in a State Where Surrogacy is Illegal?
This is a very important question to ask! Depending on where you live, state laws regarding surrogacy can vary. So, we encourage you to research your state and its views on gestational surrogacy. However, rest assured, Colorado is a surrogacy-friendly state. You and the intended parents are able to successfully, safely and legally go through the surrogacy journey through us.
9. What Types of Surrogacy does Your Surrogacy Agency Offer?
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado offers gestational surrogacy. This allows all prospective intended parents to share a genetic link with their child, and create a family through the help of a surrogate mother.
Great Questions for a Surrogate to Ask
Choosing to become a surrogate is an incredibly selfless and loving decision. It also takes a lot of courage. But, if you want to help a deserving intended family have a child they may not be able to have without you, becoming a gestational surrogate could be one of the best adventures you’ll ever experience.
We hope that the above questions have given you a great starting point on your surrogacy journey. If you have any other questions, or want to learn more about gestational surrogacy and how it could impact you, don’t hesitate to reach out.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption 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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