Questions for Surrogates to Ask Intended Parents in an Interview
So you’ve completed your surrogate profile and found a match with intended parents. To confirm that you are a good match, you and the intended parents will get together for an interview. Take this time to share your expectations for the surrogacy process and ask the intended parents more about what they are looking for in a surrogate mother.
You may be wondering what questions you can ask during the interview. Our surrogacy agency, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado, has guided numerous surrogates through this process, and we have compiled a list of commonly asked questions.
Here are some recommended questions for surrogates to ask intended parents in an interview, broken down by category.
1. Questions to Get to Know the Intended Parents
Having this interview should be a low-stress opportunity for you to get to know the intended parents on a personal level. You can ask them about their hobbies and lives, getting to understand who they are as people. Building this family is a commitment, which is why it is also important to develop a personal relationship.
Here are some questions for you to ask to learn more about who the intended parents are as a couple and people:
- How did you meet?
- How long have you been together?
- What do you do for a living?
- What are your hobbies or what do you like to do for fun?
- What are your values? What is important to you?
2. Questions about The Intended Parents’ Journey to Surrogacy
Begin the conversation by asking the intended parents about their reasons for using a surrogate mother to add to their family. Perhaps they have had fertility difficulties in the past, or lead busy lifestyles that do not support a healthy pregnancy. Be understanding and do not press sensitive subjects if an intended parent doesn’t give you a direct answer to this question. There can be emotionally challenging circumstances behind the reasons intended parents choose surrogacy. They may ask you a similar question as to why you decided to become a surrogate. Be open and honest and you will find yourself building a lasting relationship with the intended parents.
Here are some questions for you to ask to learn more about the intended parents’ journey to family through surrogacy:
- Why have you chosen to use a surrogate mother?
- How did you learn about gestational surrogacy?
- What are your expectations with gestational surrogacy?
- What are you most excited about in regards to pursuing gestational surrogacy?
- Do you want a sibling journey if this surrogacy journey goes well?
3. Questions about Your Relationship with the Intended Parents
It is important to communicate your values and clarify any expectations for contact throughout the surrogacy, from start to finish. Sometimes, intended parents want regular updates, and other times the intended parents are content with simply attending the medical appointments. Make sure your wishes align with their expectations for their presence in your life. You may want to hear from the family after the baby is born, so asking about contact after the birth is a good way to gauge whether the family is hoping to develop a relationship with their surrogate mother.
Here are some questions for you to ask to learn more about your relationship with the intended parents during and post surrogacy:
- What communication/contact would you like throughout this process?
- Would you like to come to specific doctor’s appointments?
- How involved would you like to be during pregnancy?
- What updates would best help you as we go through the surrogacy journey together?
- Would you like to maintain contact after the baby is born?
4. Medical Questions to Ask Intended Parents
Gestational surrogacy involves in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments to transfer an embryo to the surrogate mother’s womb. Not every attempt is successful. If the embryo does not successfully implant in your womb, it’s important to know the intended parents’ thoughts on this. In most cases, the intended parents and surrogate agree to three embryo transfer attempts. This improves the chances of success.
Here are some questions for you to ask to learn more about the intended parents’ medical expectations for the surrogacy journey:
- How many embryo transfers would you like to attempt?
- How many embryos would you like included in each transfer?
- Are you interested in having twins or triplets?
- What are your thoughts on selective reduction and termination of a pregnancy?
- Are you using your own eggs and sperm, or are you using an egg or sperm donor?
5. Family Questions for the Intended Parents
How do the intended parents plan to speak with the child about surrogacy? The answer will be a good indication of the intended parents’ openness and honesty, as well as their relationship with their families. Ask the individual or couple about whether or not their family supports them in this process. Having a support system is crucial for celebrating the developments and helping the intended parents deal with the emotions behind a long wait for their child. Most intended couples seeking a surrogate mother will have been waiting and hoping for a child for an extended period of time, and maintaining this hope is essential.
Here are some questions for you to ask to learn more about what the intended parents want their family to be like:
- How do you intend to speak with your child about surrogacy?
- Does your family support your decision to use a surrogate?
- Do you have a support system in place?
- What are some of your hopes and dreams for your child?
- What traditions do you hope to pass along to your child?
6. Lifestyle Questions to Ask Intended Parents
The intended parents will be interested in keeping their baby healthy and may have specific wishes to ask of you. If these are suitable with your plans to stay healthy, by all means, discuss the feasibility of their suggestions. After all, both you and the intended parents have the best wishes for the baby in mind. As a mother yourself, you know how important it is to trust those in charge of your children. Think of yourself as the guardian and protector of the potential baby. Interviewing the intended parents will help you to confirm whether they are the couple or individual you want to maintain a relationship with throughout the surrogacy journey.
Here are some questions for you to ask to learn more about what the intended parents’ life is like:
- Do you have any lifestyle expectations for your surrogate to adhere to? (for instance, is there a specific diet you have in mind that you’d like your surrogate to follow?)
- What does your day-to-day life look like?
- If both of you work, who will care for the baby?
- What kind of parents do you see yourselves being?
- When are you hoping to get started on your surrogacy journey?
Preparing for your Interview with the Intended Parents
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is here to support you throughout your surrogacy journey. For additional guidance or suggestions for questions for surrogates to ask intended parents in an interview, we encourage you to reach out to our team.
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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