Surrogacy is a process where a woman carries and gives birth to a baby for someone else. This process is slowly picking up all over the world. It is a beautiful process where a woman is able to help other people become parents.
This procedure is not very well understood by many people so it is surrounded by a lot of questions. Let’s have a look at the most common questions asked before someone becomes a surrogate.
Is The Child Biologically Related To The Surrogate?
The biological relationship of the child to the surrogate is a complex legal question. It is important to be aware of the different laws in each country, as well as how they are applied in practice. The surrogate mother may be biologically related to the child, or she may not be.
This brings us to the question regarding gestational and traditional surrogacy.
What is the difference between gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy?
Gestational surrogacy is when a woman carries and delivers a child for another person or couple. The surrogate mother may be biologically related to the child, or she may not be. Traditional surrogacy is when an egg from one woman is harvested and fertilized with sperm from someone else in order to create an embryo which then gestates in the surrogate’s womb. The resulting child will share 50% of its genes with the surrogate and 50% with the egg donor.
Some people are not sure if they need to have experience in pregnancy to be a surrogate. The answer is no, you don’t. But it’s important to note that there will be some discomfort during the pregnancy, and you should be aware of that before signing up for being a surrogate or starting the process. It’s also important to note that surrogates are paid for their time with the intended parents. Most surrogates will get paid $10,000-$30,000 per month. With bonuses and incentives if they complete the process. Surrogacy can be expensive, so many people who are interested in becoming surrogates have to have some experience with pregnancy before they are considered for this process.
What Are The Risks Of Becoming A Surrogate?
The risks of being a surrogate are as follows:
- The surrogate may experience physical complications such as miscarriage, pre-term labor, gestational diabetes, and ectopic pregnancy.
- The surrogate may experience mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and postpartum depression.
- The surrogate may experience financial strain related to lost income and potential medical costs.
- The surrogate may feel traumatized by the pregnancy and its experiences.
- Complications can cause a loss of identity when the woman who is carrying becomes unrecognizable to her family, friends, and community.
- Potential legal complications such as gestational surrogacy agreements not being executed properly or laws in place that prevent surrogacy from being performed.
- The intended parents may experience complications such as premature birth, low-birth weight, and health issues.
What Is The Right Age To Become A Surrogate?
This is a difficult question to answer. This usually comes along the other most important question of how to become a surrogate mother and the answers to both are very important. It all depends on the situation, the family and the surrogate. The general rule of thumb is that surrogates should be between 21-30 years old.
The age range of surrogates usually falls between 21-30 years old. This is because they are at an age where they are still young enough to have healthy pregnancies, but old enough to be financially stable and in a good position to make life-altering decisions. The answer can be different for everyone but the most important thing is to make sure that you are emotionally and mentally ready for this responsibility.
What Is The Screening Test For Surrogacy?
There are many requirements to be a surrogate.
- The first one is to be a woman who is between the ages of 21 and 42.
- Secondly, she needs to have given birth to at least one child.
- Thirdly, she needs to be in good physical and mental health.
- Fourthly, she needs a college degree or at least two years of higher education.
- Fifthly, she must not have been convicted of any felony offenses or any offense involving the use or distribution of drugs or alcohol within the last five years.
- Sixthly, she must not have had an abortion in the last 12 months prior to entering into a surrogacy agreement with the intended parents.
- Seventhly, she should not have been married more than three times or had more than three children by natural childbirth out-of-wedlock in her lifetime.
- Eighthly, she should not have given birth more than six times by natural childbirth out-of-wedlock in her lifetime (including twins).
- Ninthly, there should be no genetic disease or disorders in the surrogate’s family.
- Lastly, she should be willing to undergo extensive medical testing, an extensive physical exam, and psychological evaluation prior to entering into a surrogacy contract with the intended parents.
To enter into a surrogacy agreement with the intended parents, the woman seeking to be a surrogate must first receive a clear understanding of what will happen for all parties involved. Once she has done this and is ready to enter into the agreement, she goes over everything again in detail. In order to enter into the agreement, the woman seeking to be a surrogate must have an understanding of her own rights and responsibilities as well as those of her intended parents.
Do You Get To Pick The Intended Parents In Surrogacy?
Yes, you get to choose who your intended parents are in surrogacy but it’s not as easy as picking out clothes from your closet. You have to make sure that you are compatible with them in terms of religion, education level, personality type, and so on before you decide whether they would be good parents for your child.
The aforementioned questions are the most common ones that are asked before someone starts the process. You can go through these questions if you are also going to be getting into the process of surrogacy. It would help you in the journey if you would have the information with you beforehand.