Surrogacy is when a woman rears a baby in her womb and then hands over the baby to the parents after its birth. These parents are individuals who’ve been wanting to start a family but were unable to do so for various medical reasons.
Traditional surrogacy was a choice for some couples before. Still, gestational surrogacy has gained much esteem in the last few decades because parents want to share a biological link with their unborn baby.
So how do you get started with the gestational surrogacy process? Here’s how:
- Find an Eager Gestational Carrier
This is the part of the process that will take time. Some couples may prefer to ask close family members or friends to become a surrogate for their child. Many couples choose to work with private agencies like Rite Options to help find a gestational surrogate. These agencies have a donor profile registry with many gestational carrier candidates. The agency’s case manager can help you select one based on the parameters you desire. An ideal carrier has had a successful delivery in the past, is between the ages of 20 and 40, and is generally healthy with a support system.
- Undergo Important Counselling
Even though gestational surrogacy is straightforward, there are still many emotional challenges that accompany this process. Once you’ve selected a surrogate, it is recommended you seek counseling with a professional fertility expert. He or she will explain all the stages involved and discuss all the possible scenarios that may arise with the gestational surrogacy process.
You may also freely discuss emotional issues or ask questions at this point.
- Medical Testing of the Egg and Sperm
For parents who intend to use their eggs and sperm, a medical and genetic evaluation is necessary. If you plan to use donor eggs or sperm, these are screened beforehand before making them obtainable for intended parents. The assessment helps to pinpoint if there are real medical issues that might affect your gestational carrier. It also ensures that your genetic material is healthy enough for a successful IVF procedure.
- Medical Evaluation of the Surrogate Carrier
If you opt for a surrogate through a private agency, she will have all the necessary medical evaluations. A recent check-up is essential to address the current health and constitution of your donor. Also, if your gestational carrier is married, her partner may have to undergo a psychological and physical evaluation.
- Clear all Legal Matters
You must have a sound legal agreement drawn up by a lawyer who specializes in reproductive law. It is advisable that you, as the intended parents and your surrogate, have two different lawyers. This ensures both your rights are represented and covered.
The legal agreement will cover legal rights to the baby after delivery, transfer of rights, finances, payment terms, etc. Please keep in mind, laws regarding surrogacy vary from state to state.
Are you ready to start the gestational surrogacy process? Get in touch with Rite Options.