The advancements in modern medicine have made it possible for couples to have a child via a surrogate. Many women choose to become surrogates for different reasons – either to help out a close friend or family, financial constraints, etc. Before you take on the journey of becoming a surrogate, let’s explore the essential factors to consider.
First of all, make sure that you are physically fit to become a surrogate. Consider getting a comprehensive, full-body check-up to ensure your body is healthy and in an excellent state to accommodate a baby. You must be 100% fit to perform the task of carrying a child for another couple. Most importantly, you need a healthy uterus.
Indeed, there are dozens of medical tests that you need to go through. However, it’s always better to be sure that your body can handle the pregnancy and delivery. Most of these tests will be carried out by an agency you choose to work with, so you don’t have to worry about the costs.
Carrying a baby in your womb for nine months can create a strong emotional bond. When it’s time to deliver the baby to the intended parents, the pain can be excruciating.
That’s why it’s crucial to be emotionally stable before you decide to become a surrogate. See a mental health specialist to help you determine if you can handle the process and subsequently throughout your surrogacy journey. It’s crucial because although the child you will carry is not yours to keep, your human emotions may defy all logic, and you learn to love the baby inside you.
Before accepting your calling to become a surrogate, consider your career. Keep in mind that pregnancy takes a toll on expectant mothers, and your career could suffer. Think about the months you would need to take a leave from work to give birth and recover physically and emotionally. Can your career handle the slight setback? Do you have urgent projects that will take a nosedive due to your pregnancy? More importantly, will the advancement in your profession be hindered because of your surrogate responsibilities?
One of the most crucial factors to consider in the surrogacy journey is your family. Ask your loved ones what they think about you carrying another couple’s baby. What impact would surrogacy bring to your family? It’s gravely important to have a support system, and your family is the core of that. By including them in the consideration process, you’re keeping them on your side.
Listen to what your family has to say, and help them understand what this path means to you.
Pregnancy takes nine months to complete, and there are rules to follow as a surrogate. You will need to give up your nightlife, drinking wine, smoking, staying up late at night, and there are even certain skincare products to avoid. With all the protocols of surrogacy, there’s a possibility that your social life is put on hold during the duration of your pregnancy. Of course, you are not expected to give up your social life, but you will need to make changes to accommodate your chosen path of surrogacy.
Surrogates choose to carry other people’s babies and are paid handsomely for it. So it’s okay to consider the amount of money you will receive for being a surrogate. Pregnancy is expensive, but as a surrogate, you never have to worry about the expense since the intended parents will handle the financial aspect for you. Your efforts will be rewarded in an economic sense, and you get to become a vessel of a treasured baby.
Making a final decision
The choice of becoming a surrogate is not easy, and the journey is not a walk in the park either. At The Guidance Agency, we are dedicated to helping surrogates ease their way into their essential roles. We are here to guide you through the process and hold your hand when you need it. Aside from your support system, we are also here for you every step of the way. So contact us today for an opportunity to become a surrogate. Be a miracle to couples who cannot bear a child on their own.