How Do You Get Started In Surrogacy Six Easy Steps To Surrogate Pregnancy
There are six essential steps to follow for those who are interested in becoming a surrogate mother, or contracting a surrogate pregnancy through commercial surrogacy. Find out exactly what needs to be done for surrogate mothering.
Step 1: Research
The absolute most important step of the surrogate mothering process is research. There are a lot of procedures in both gestational and traditional surrogacy that the intended parents as well as the surrogate mother need to take, and there is an awful lot of wiggle room from one journey to another.
Things can and do go wrong in commercial surrogacy. The best avenue of defense any party has is to go into the whole situation with their eyes wide open and a clear understanding of the process. To do any less than that is to put one’s entire family at risk, unnecessarily.
Step 2: Support
The next step towards surrogate mothering is to get your support ducks in a row. Join some online surrogacy communities. Find local surrogate mothers or intended parents who have been through the process before to lean on when you need a helping hand. Inform friends and family members of your decision and set up a support team of people to talk to, or to assist you when you need it, because you will.
Step 3: Matching
The next step to surrogacy is the matching process. This is a lot like dating. Everyone is on their best behavior, hoping to impress the other party into committing themselves to a very intimate relationship. Some potential surrogates and intended parents choose to employ a surrogacy agency to facilitate the matching process for them, while others seek to do so independently.
Step 4: Legal and Clinic
After matching, both the surrogate mother and the intended parents obtain an attorney. They both get their own lawyer, but the intended parents pay for both. They then formulate a contract, have all parties agree, and sign.
Sometimes obtaining a lawyer is the first step a surrogate or intended parents take, or sometimes it is at some other early portion of commercial surrogacy. That’s fine. Intended parents also settle on a clinic at this time if they have not already done so.
Step 5: Testing
Next comes testing for everyone. The surrogate and her husband undergo medical testing including a completed STD panel, while everyone, intended parents included, meet with a counselor to make sure this journey is appropriate. Sometimes more extensive psychiatric testing is done as well as criminal background checks.
Step 6: Surrogate Pregnancy
You’re there! Now all that happens is getting pregnant, going through the pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Then finally, a great set of intended parents is blessed with a beautiful baby, brought into this world via surrogate mothering.