Questions about Surrogacy for Same-Sex Couples in Colorado
Colorado’s LGBTQ+ and surrogacy-friendly laws make it an ideal place for same-sex couples considering surrogacy as a pathway to parenthood. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is an experienced surrogacy agency that has helped build many families through gestational surrogacy. For many same-sex couples, surrogacy is the best pathway to realizing their dream of having a family. If you’re considering surrogacy, you may have some questions about how surrogacy works in Colorado.
Questions Surrogacy for LGBTQ+ Couples in Colorado
- What is a surrogate? How is she different from a birth mother?
A surrogate mother is a woman who carries an embryo implanted in her uterus via in vitro fertilization (IVF) on behalf of the baby’s intended parents. While some types of surrogacy do involve the surrogate also donating her own egg, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado facilitates gestational surrogacy only. In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate is not biologically connected to the child in any way.
A birth mother is a woman who is the biological parent of the baby she delivers. Most often, the term “birth mother” is used in an adoption scenario in which the birth mother is relinquishing her parental rights so her biological child can be parented by another family. A gestational surrogate, on the other hand, never has parental rights to the baby she carries.
- How does same-sex surrogacy work?
For gay couples, one of the men in the relationship can provide his sperm for IVF. For lesbian couples, one of the women in the relationship can give her egg for the IVF procedure. Therefore, one of the intended parents in the relationship maintains a genetic link to their child. The remaining genetic component is provided by a donor. Many same-sex couples have a person in their lives who is willing to be their donor. Others choose an anonymous donor. Regardless, the embryo is created in a lab, then implanted into the gestational carrier, or surrogate, through the IVF procedure.
- With same-sex couples, the baby can only be genetically linked to one intended parent. Does the other intended parent have to adopt the baby?
Not in Colorado! In many states, the law does require one of the parents to petition for second-parent adoption. Colorado’s pre-birth orders allow same-sex couples to petition to have both intended parents’ names listed on the birth certificate at the time of the birth.
- Can I choose, as a surrogate, to specialize only in same-sex families?
Absolutely! It’s not uncommon for a surrogate mother to choose to focus on helping same-sex couples realize their dream of parenthood through surrogacy. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado works hard to match intended parents with just the right surrogate for them. We can match you with the same sex couple as intended parents if that’s the kind of family you’re passionate about helping.
- Why do I need a surrogacy agency to become a surrogate in Colorado?
Using a professional, experienced surrogacy agency such as Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado makes the entire surrogacy experience safer and more stress-free for everyone involved. Our resources provide support and care throughout the surrogacy process, greatly benefiting everyone involved.
We carefully screen both the potential gestational carrier as well as the intended parents. Screenings include things like physical exams, social and medical history, and background checks. Our Case Managers facilitate your medical care during pregnancy and even at the hospital for the birth to make sure things go smoothly. We even manage the compensation for the surrogate mothers to make the financial part as simple and seamless as possible for both the gestational carrier and the intended parents. As the surrogate, your job is to take care of yourself and the baby you’re carrying. We try to take care of everything else.
- Even though, as the gestational carrier, I wouldn’t be the baby’s biological mother, I feel like there’s a special bond there. Will I be able to see the child again after he or she is born?
Their baby’s surrogate mom carries a special place in the hearts of intended parents. Without you, their dreams of having their own family may not have come to fruition. Though there’s never a guarantee, it is very common for intended parents and their surrogates to form a very special life-long bond that results in an ongoing relationship. Since most surrogates are already mothers themselves, they have experienced both the joys and occasional frustrations of parenting. That experience allows the surrogate to be a potential source of support and advice for the new parents as their baby grows.
If you’re considering becoming a surrogate mother or would like to help same-sex couple realize their dream of parenthood, reach out to Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado for more information. We’re helping to build families, and we’d love to connect you with the right intended parents for 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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