Surrogacy Terms and Acronyms for Intended Parents and Surrogate Mothers

Are you a surrogate mother or an intended parent overwhelmed by their research on surrogacy? Do you keep coming across certain terms you have trouble finding the right definitions? If so, let’s go over some basic surrogacy terms and acronyms that can help you better understand the process. The surrogacy process can be overwhelming at first, but it doesn’t have to be with the right resources. As you start your journey to become a surrogate or intended parents, it’s important to be familiar with a few concepts so you know what to expect. 

Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado can give you the resources you need to ensure a smooth journey. Our team of licensed professionals can guide you every step of the way.

If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE) or visit us at Adoption Choices of Colorado.

  1. What Does IVF Stand For?

IVF or in-vitro fertilization transfers the fertilized egg of the intended mother to the surrogate mother. The egg is fertilized in a lab by the intended father’s sperm. The surrogate mother then carries the egg to term. IVF is part of the Colorado surrogacy process. Gestational surrogacy is the preferred option for many surrogate mothers and intended parents because it is legal and safest. This form of surrogacy ensures that the surrogate mother is in no way genetically linked to the child. This process ensures everyone’s mental, physical, and legal well-being.  

  1. What Does BMI Have to Do With Surrogacy?

You might have seen “BMI” be mentioned when looking at surrogate mother requirements. Why does BMI matter? It’s extremely important that the surrogate mother is physically ready for the journey ahead of her. Having a certain level of BMI ensures that the surrogate mother and the child she’ll be carrying are safe. 

  1. What is a Pre Birth Parentage Order?

As an intended parent, you have probably seen the term “pre-birth parentage order.” This is a legal document granted by the state of Colorado. This document will give you guardianship of your child before they are born. At the start of your journey, it is good to look for a lawyer. Our agency can help find the right lawyer for you so you can keep track of all the legal documents you’ll need. By working with a Colorado surrogacy agency, you can have a team of professionals helping you every step of the way.  

  1. Who is a Gestational Carrier/ Surrogate Mother?

A gestational carrier is someone who carries an intended parent’s child to term. Because Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado offers gestational surrogacy, you will see the term often. You might be thinking, ‘well, what’s the difference between a gestational carrier and a surrogate mother?’. The terms mean the same thing and can be used in place of one another. What’s important to know is what it means to be a surrogate mother with our agency. A surrogate mother has a kind and caring heart who feels the need to help others in need. She has enjoyed her pregnancy in the past and hopes to share the joys of parenthood with someone trying to grow their family.

  1. Who is an Intended Parent?

For our agency, intended parents are any couple or individual who needs help growing their family. Our agency helps transracial, heterosexual, same-sex couples and individuals have the chance to have the family they hope for. We believe that everyone deserves a chance to have a family.

What Are Some Terms about Surrogacy I Should Know?

Being well-informed about surrogacy can ensure a smoother journey for you, whether you are a surrogate mother or intended parent. At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado, we are ready to give you information and resources that can help you on your journey. 

Now that you are more familiar with some surrogacy terms, what are other ways to prepare for your journey? What can you do to prepare for the next steps?

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption 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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