Complete Guide to Colorado Surrogacy in the Midst of a Pandemic for Surrogates
Like everything else, surrogacy has had to adjust to the world during COVID-19. That means both surrogates and intended parents may experience different safety protocols and guidelines, but none that affect their surrogacy timeline.
If you are a surrogate or intended parent hoping to complete your surrogacy journey during COVID-19, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is here to help. Our surrogacy agency closely follows all current CDC guidelines to ensure your comfort and safety. In addition, we’ve put together this resource to help you have a complete guide to Colorado surrogacy in the midst of a pandemic for surrogates.
Becoming a Surrogate during the Pandemic
If you’re new to surrogacy, you may be wondering how to become a surrogate during the pandemic. Or, perhaps, if it’s even possible or safe. First off, yes, it is absolutely possible. Our surrogacy agency accepts new surrogates no matter what, so you can become a first-time surrogate right now. Whenever you are ready, our surrogacy agency can assist you.
1. Meeting Surrogate Qualifications in the midst of COVID-19
Becoming a surrogate mother is largely the same as it was before the pandemic. Our surrogate requirements exist to make sure our surrogates are healthy and ready for gestational surrogacy. Some of our surrogate qualifications include, but are not limited to the following. At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado, a surrogate must…
- Be between 21 and 39 years of age
- Have a history of at least one healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy
- Be actively raising at least one child
- Not be receiving government aid of any kind
- Be a US citizen
All surrogates must must also pass a physical and psychological exam and a background check.
2. Going Through the Screening Process as a Surrogate during COVID-19
If you meet our requirements for surrogate mothers, you can proceed with the screening process. First, you will be asked to fill out an initial application with general questions about you and why you are pursuing surrogacy. One of our surrogacy specialists will then reach out to you to get more detailed information about you, your family, your health history, and your personality.
Second, you will meet with a fertility specialist for a physical exam and lab work to make sure you are healthy. Our social worker may meet with you in your home to get to know you and give you the opportunity to ask questions about the surrogacy process.The final steps involve standard background checks and a meeting with a mental health care professional to make sure you are psychologically ready for surrogacy.
To make all of these interactions socially distanced, we may host one or more of these steps virtually through video interviews or masked meetings.
3. Being Matched with Intended Parents during COVID-19
You can expect to meet with the intended parents through a video call. The surrogacy agreement can also be coordinated through virtual meetings. Contact throughout the pregnancy can be through phone, video calls, messages, and photos. This can help keep the intended parents informed and updated with any new changes and give them the opportunity to feel involved.
Fundamental Changes for Surrogates during the Pandemic
The pandemic has not made any fundamental changes to being a surrogate. The main difference is in physical distancing from the intended parents and additional screenings for medical appointments.
Your experience with medical appointments will look like many other office visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can expect to be pre-screened for symptoms before any appointments and will need to wear a mask at all times. The intended parents may not be able to attend the milestone appointments with you, but they may ask you or your support person to host a video call to keep them involved from a distance.
The hospital may only allow your support person to be with you for the delivery instead of the intended parents, so another video call could be arranged here as well. Be sure to refer to your fertility clinic and hospital protocols to stay updated on these.
Your Complete Guide to Surrogacy in the Midst of a Pandemic for Surrogates
At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado, we are here to support surrogates and intended parents through what may be a time of many changes in their lives. Our surrogacy specialists can answer all of your questions and concerns about surrogacy during the pandemic.
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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