What is Gestational Surrogacy and How to Become a Surrogate Mother in Colorado?
Are you from Colorado and want to become a surrogate? Do you want to know the basics of gestational surrogacy and what it is? Perhaps you enjoy being pregnant or want to help intended parents or individuals start a family. But before you do so, you want to get all the facts about gestational surrogacy and how it works. Maybe you are wondering what the process is like, how long it may take, or the benefits of becoming one. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is here to help you and provide you with all the information and resources you need in order to start your journey.
What is Gestational Surrogacy and How Does it Work?
Gestational carrier and surrogate are two interchangeable terms because they both refer to women who choose to carry someone else’s baby for them. You are not biologically related when you are a gestational carrier because either the intended mother’s egg or a donor’s egg is used. The egg is collected through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and is fertilized with the intended father’s sperm or donor’s.
In any case, your role as the surrogate mother is to carry the baby to term. Although you do not have any biological relation to the child or any parental rights, both you and the matched intended parents or individual are connected through the child’s well-being.
How Long Does the Process Last?
Before you are pregnant, there are multiple steps both the gestational carrier and intended individual(s) have to complete. First, it can take up to several months to be matched with an intended individual or parents. This is dependent on a variety of compatibility factors. After medical screenings on both parties end to make sure everyone fulfills their specific requirements, there are then legal contracts to sign in order to keep all members safe and happy. Then, it’s onto pregnancy and delivery! In general, you can expect the Colorado surrogacy process to take around 13 to 18 months.
What It Means to Choose a Surrogacy Agency
If you are interested in becoming a surrogate, you might be deciding between becoming an independent surrogate or working with an agency. Many times, people choose to go through an agency to help with the complexities that come along with the surrogacy process. Those who are independent surrogates are experienced and are confident in making the journey on their own.
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is a professional surrogacy agency with high-quality professionals that can help with any obstacle or challenge you may face in this process. We are here to help match surrogates to intended couples or individuals that are best suited for one another. We also ensure all parties involved fulfill the requirements needed to make this process as smooth and safe as possible. We also provide resources such as legal help, medical and screening services, coordination, and counseling for both surrogates and intended individuals and couples. We are also here to make sure you are compensated fairly and adequately throughout the process.
What Are Some Benefits to Becoming a Surrogate?
There are some incredible benefits to becoming a gestational carrier. You are helping to give back to others, whether it’s to a friend or family member you know or fulfilling an altruistic need to help those you don’t know. You are helping people build families for those who are infertile, have concerns about being pregnant, an individual, or are a same-sex couple. There are fewer legal complications that come with gestational surrogacy, so you are guaranteed that the child will go to the intended parents. As a result of IVF, the child you deliver can share a genetic link to their intended parents, making it a beautiful shared process for everyone involved. This process takes a lot of time and energy, and being pregnant can be an emotionally and physically taxing experience. You are compensated as well when you are a surrogate, which is formalized through both parties, legal counsel, and Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado.
What Does it Mean to Be a Part of Gestational Surrogacy?
You are helping to bring life into this world, and in doing so, you are providing joy to so many. You are creating meaningful bonds between intended parents and their child and between you and the couple you are helping. You are helping to create a beautiful shared experience between you and the intended parents which creates an enriching experience for everyone involved. This is a rewarding, emotional, and selfless decision and our surrogate agency is here to assist you with whatever you may need. If you have any questions, concerns, or need help getting started, we are here to help!
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.
Meet the Author: Katie Doherty is a junior Writing, Literature, and Publishing major at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She loves to write, read, and edit whether it’s technical or creative writing. Although she enjoys writing poetry, narrative nonfiction, and fiction writing, she also loves to write on current political events, cultural trends, and research. She spends her free time listening to music, watching the Great British Bake Off, and learning how to crochet.