What Are The Challenges Of Surrogacy?
Trying desperately for a child only to be unable to conceive or carry to full term is devastating. Becoming a surrogate mother or gestational carrier gives their very own child to parents who cannot bring life into the world themselves. Choosing to offer your body and life to a family in need is an incredibly selfless act. Some challenges can come with surrogacy, but in the end, it’s all worth it to see the ecstatic looks on the parents’ faces when they’re finally able to hold their child. Interested in surrogacy or want to know more? Contact us at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado for more information.
Surrogacy Vs. Gestational Carrier
Traditional surrogacy and gestational carriers are placed under the same umbrella, but there is a major difference. In traditional surrogacy, you are both carrying the child and donating your eggs to be artificially inseminated by one of the parents or through the sperm donor they have chosen. That means you will be the biological mother of the child. If you’re willing to do this, understand that not all states recognize traditional surrogacy contracts. We can help you if you’re unsure about the legality in your area.
Gestational carriers have embryos placed in their uterus via IVF at the parents’ chosen fertility clinic. The sperm and the egg may belong to the couple, or one or both could be from other donors. Some women have healthy eggs but cannot get pregnant or cannot carry to full term, where gestational carriers become necessary. Same-sex couples benefit from both surrogate mothers and gestational carriers.
Surrogate Mother Qualifications
Becoming a surrogate mother entails very specific requirements that need to be met. You may find it challenging to be approved as a surrogate mother or gestational carrier if you have underlying health issues, a history of substance abuse, or are overweight. The health of the child and yourself are incredibly important. Nobody wants to risk anyone’s life which is why the requirements are very strict.
To become a surrogate, you must have given birth to one child minimum and custody of your child. Complications during birth or pregnancy of any of your children may disqualify you. Miscarriages and stillbirths may also be a deciding factor on if you’re approved as well. Pregnancy causes a lot of hormonal and life changes. Therefore, you must pass a mental health screening on top of the medical tests. This is another way fertility clinics ensure you’ll have a healthy and safe pregnancy.
Awaiting Parents and Your Pregnancy
All couples are different. One thing that you may find challenging as a surrogate mother or gestational carrier is following rules the awaiting parents require. Not every couple wants or cares to dictate diet, exercise, and lifestyle during the pregnancy. Especially if you have had more than one child. However, some couples may want you to follow a very specific diet different from your own. They may want you to start doing light exercise to keep your body in shape or have you stop together for the safety of their baby.
Another issue that can pop up is a lack of privacy during pregnancy. Of course, you expect to have frequent contact with the parents, but some may want more than the regular update. They may want to come with you to every doctor’s visit, spend time with you beyond pregnancy-related obligations, and expect more communication than average.
Not everyone gets pregnant on the first implantation. You may have to go through multiple rounds of IVF or artificial insemination to produce a pregnancy. This means you’ll be giving more than the standard amount of time to another family to give them a child. It is life-changing in more ways than one. It is essentially putting your life on hold for an unknown amount of time, unless stated in the contract, for another family.
Some couples can only afford to do it once, so they may have more than one embryo inserted. Again, this was discussed prior, but that could mean multiple pregnancies. If you do not want to carry more than one child, let your surrogacy professional know right away.
The Challenges Of Surrogacy Includes a Lifestyle Change
With all of that said, becoming a surrogate mother or gestational carrier gives the gift of life to parents who want their own child. Are you still interested or want to know more? Feel free to call us or email us at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado. You are making a big life change, though not permanent, and it is a lot to consider. We want to help you in any way we can. Don’t hesitate to reach out to better understand everything that comes with being a surrogate mother.
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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