How Long Does it Take to Become a Surrogate Mother in Colorado?
Surrogates in Colorado help many families achieve their dreams of raising a child of their own. Giving intended parents who have been struggling with fertility the chance to start a family is a selfless gift and sacrifice that creates a community of sisterhood. Becoming a surrogate in Colorado is a commitment to creating love, ending with the chance to see a family meet their child for the first time.
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado matches intended parents with surrogates who are compatible to make the surrogacy process a positive experience for everyone involved. We get a lot of questions about what it takes to become a surrogate and how long it takes to become one. Below we have detailed the surrogate process and described how long it takes to become a surrogate in Colorado.
1 – Meet Surrogate Requirements in Colorado
Surrogates in Colorado have to meet certain requirements. These are set in place to make sure that gestational carriers are capable of having safe pregnancies. The surrogate requirements for Colorado include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Gestational carriers must have a status as United States citizens and be living in the U.S.
- Gestational carriers must be women between 21 to 41 years old.
- Gestational carriers must demonstrate physical fitness through a Body Mass Index (BMI) of about 33 or lower.
- Medical records must be presented that show at least one complication-free pregnancy and delivery to help ensure increased chances for a safe pregnancy.
- Gestational carriers must currently be in the parenting process for at least one child.
- Gestational carriers must not be recipients of certain kinds of government aid including welfare, cash assistance, and public housing. Other forms of government aid should be discussed with us at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado.
- Gestational carriers should be women living a stable lifestyle with reliable transportation and a trustworthy support system.
- Emotional screening must be done for intended gestational carriers to ensure stability for pregnancies.
Based on these requirements, if you think you would be a good fit, you can contact our agency to fill out an application. Once you become an accepted surrogate with a surrogacy agency, the matching team will build a profile for you. This will detail some of your information and your expectations for surrogacy so that the team can match you with intended parents.
2 – Match With Intended Parents
It can take a few months to match with intended parents. Our matching team will look at several different factors of compatibility to pair you up with intended parents. This is designed to make the process smoother for both parties. If you already know someone you would like to serve as a surrogate for, our surrogacy specialists can guide you through the surrogacy process.
3 – Draw Up A Surrogacy Agreement
Your legal representative and that of the intended parents will work together to create a surrogacy agreement, stating the terms of your relationship and handling the legal matters of custody after birth. This will outline your rights as a surrogate and confirm how many embryo transfers you are willing to attempt to get pregnant.
4 – Complete the Embryo Transfers
Your fertility doctor will direct you to take fertility treatments in preparation for the embryo transfer. In gestational surrogacy, the embryo is prepared with the egg and sperm of the intended parents or donors. A few days after the embryo is formed and given time to mature, you will go into the fertility clinic, where the embryo will be transferred to your uterus. After a week or so, you will go back into the office, and the physician will check your hormone levels to see if you are pregnant. Once you are successfully pregnant, you can start seeing your OB/GYN.
5 – Go Through Pregnancy
You then have 38 to 40 weeks on average to wait through your pregnancy while the baby inside you is growing and developing. During this time, you will be following your OB/GYN’s instructions for prenatal care and attending medical appointments as directed. According to your agreement, you will need to maintain contact with the intended parents and communicate medical milestones throughout this time.
6 – Welcoming the Baby
Once your pregnancy is over, you will get the privilege of seeing the look on the intended parents’ faces when they get to hold their child for the first time. You will have gone through a year-long journey together, and this is the fulfillment you will have been waiting for.
Ready to Become a Surrogate in Colorado?
Colorado surrogates are a pivotal group of women who bring new life and new hope for families. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado provides exceptional service to surrogates throughout the surrogacy process, with the legal guidance and counseling you need to make the process go smoothly. Contact one of our surrogacy specialists with your questions about how long it takes to become a surrogate or start your application.
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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