How I Became a Surrogate Mother in Colorado
I want to share my surrogacy story, and hopefully, it encourages others to follow in my footsteps. I had a mission to help another family grow, and through Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado, I can bless another family. Ever since losing our only brother to miscarriage, my family was never the same. After three tragedies, several tumors, and ovarian cancer, my mother had to get a hysterectomy. It was always my parent’s dream to have five kids, but they could only safely birth two. After seeing all the pain losing Isaac cost the family, my sister and I vowed to have lots of kids and give my parents many grandbabies. So far, we have given them five, and it’s like my parents have a newfound joy. Pregnancy wasn’t difficult for me like it was for my mom. I can honestly say being pregnant was the best experience of my life. I get why my mother loved having children. Because infertility plagued my family, I became a surrogate mother to help others like my mom, who couldn’t bring a child to full term.
What is a Surrogate Mother?
So, there I was, choosing to become a surrogate mother. But I had no idea how to become a surrogate in CO. I had so many confusing questions like, “How does Colorado surrogacy work?” and “How to qualify to be a surrogate?” Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado eased my worries right away. The dedicated staff explained the difference between a gestational carrier (legal) and traditional surrogacy (illegal). Under traditional surrogacy, a woman would provide the egg, and an intended parent or donor would provide the sperm. Modern-day surrogacy happens through a gestational carrier. This type of surrogacy utilizes IVR (in vitro fertilization). So, the donor and or intended parents offer the sperm and egg, send them to a lab that puts them together to form an embryo, and similar to a regular pap smear, the doctor transfers the embryo into your uterus for it to implant.
Before the transfer, the OB places you on prenatal vitamin prescriptions and hormone treatment, often in the form of birth control, to increase estrogen and reduce progesterone to facilitate fertility and ensure the embryo would implant once transferred. Then throughout the pregnancy, you visit with the OB every month, and if you agree to it, form a close and beautiful relationship with the intended parents. For me, it was a wonderful experience.
Becoming a Colorado Surrogate Mother
To become a surrogate, you will have to submit to a prescreening, medical, and psychological evaluation. The qualifications include:
- Must live in the US and be a United States Citizen
- Must be between the ages of 21-39
- Free of STDs
- Must not use any form of government assistance
- Must have a BMI of less than 30
- Must be financially stable and have the support of spouse in Colorado surrogacy (if they have one)
- Cannot be alcohol depended
- No use of illegal drugs
- No child you parent can use any form of government assistance
- Must have reliable transportation for doctors appointments
- No blood transfusions, piercings, or tattoos within one year of appointment
- Must submit to background checks
- Must have a support system (family or friends)
- Have to be actively parenting at least one child
- No history of mental illness issues or medication
- No history of postpartum
- Must have had at least one healthy pregnancy free of complications
The qualifications might seem strict, but knowing what I know now about pregnancy and carrying someone else’s child, having these guidelines ensures the healthiest and safest pregnancy process for you, the intended parents, and the baby.
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado
Surrogacy is a labor of love. A gestational carrier is a superhero making a sacrifice for others to grow their family. I won’t lie and say that it was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. No pregnancy is. But I can say that it was the most beautiful experience I’ve ever had outside of birthing my biological children. Handing that baby over to her intended parents, who came to every doctor’s appointment, was such a glorious feeling. I wish you could’ve seen how happy they were. I cried, the doctors cried, and we spent so much time together long after the birth.
We are connected forever, and this wasn’t something that I expected to get from this experience. I expected the compensation, which was over $50,000. But what I didn’t expect was bonding with three more humans.
If you ever feel like you are destined to be the miracle that helps grow someone’s family, I thoroughly encourage you to contact Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado. You can help bring forth a new life and save the dreams of others along the way. Contact them 24/7 with any questions you have. I know that you can do this. If I can, I promise you that anyone else can. It may be a tough decision at first, but it is so worth it.
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.
Meet the Author: JaQueen loves learning because it helps her educate and give people choices. She is the youngest girl in a family of 8 adopted siblings who found a loving forever home. Like most marketers, she wears many hats: Certified Project Management Professional, Jr. Web Developer, SEO certified, Grant Proposal Writer, Consultant, Wellness Influencer, Content Creator, and Motivational Speaker with a Bachelor’s in Communication Arts. She created a wellness blog to motivate, write, and inspire in her spare time to teach about mental health, plant-based vegan nutrition, and fitness to help others find peace on their healing journey. Her hobbies include natural bodybuilding, mindfulness, trailblazing through nature, and creating content that resonates with people. She aspires to be a lifelong professional writer and speaker who saves lives through the power of knowledge. She states, “I think that when you find your way out of the darkness it becomes your responsibility to bring others to the light. So, I focus on healing. The rest will align.”