The definition of a surrogate mother is a when a woman (surrogate) carries a baby and gives birth for someone (intended parents) who is unable to carry their own baby. After the birth the parent(s) assume full parental rights of the child. As a surrogate mother you get paid for your time and commitment to carry someone’s baby and deliver their baby.
Becoming a surrogate is a life-changing decision that can bring many benefits to both the surrogate and the intended parents. Surrogacy is a process where a woman carries and delivers a child for another couple or individual. Here are some of the benefits of becoming a surrogate:
In conclusion, becoming a surrogate can bring many benefits, including the opportunity to help others, financial compensation, improved physical health, emotional support, and a sense of pride and accomplishment. While surrogacy is not for everyone, those who choose to become a surrogate can make a significant difference in the lives of intended parents while also experiencing personal fulfillment and growth.
Intended parents who need a surrogate mother can come from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances. Some reasons that intended parents may choose surrogacy include:
In all cases, intended parents who choose surrogacy do so with the goal of having a child and building a family. Surrogacy can provide a viable option for those who many not be able to conceive or carry a child on their own.
No. The embryo is created with the sperm & egg from the intended parents. If they are unable to have viable sperm or egg they will use a sperm/egg donor if needed.
Our Giving Hope Surrogacy agency works only with gestational surrogates, the surrogate has no genetic relationship to the baby that she carries.
Gestational surrogacy is where the surrogate mother does not provide her own eggs. Instead, the intended mother or an egg donor provides the egg, which is fertilized with the intended father’s sperm or donor sperm through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The resulting embryo is then transferred to your uterus as the surrogate mother for implantation and pregnancy. As a surrogate mother you do not share the DNA with the baby, as the genetics come from the intended parents or donors.
The requirements for surrogates to have given birth to at least one child is required. The requirement is in place to ensure that you have had a successful pregnancy and delivery and are physically capable of carrying a pregnancy to term.
Additionally, having a child can provide valuable experience and insight into the surrogacy process, as the surrogate you understand the physical, emotional, and logistics of pregnancy and childbirth. This experience will help you as the surrogate mother to better understand and navigate the surrogacy journey.
We recommend that you have a personal relationship that is mutually beneficial for each other. During the pregnancy, you will have contact with the parents via text, phone and/or video calls. They will be with you during your delivery.
The type of relationship that you can have as a surrogate mother with the intended parents can vary depending on the individual circumstances and preferences of all parties involved. Some surrogates and intended parents choose to have a close and ongoing relationship throughout the surrogacy journey, while others may prefer to have a more professional relationship.
You will work together with the intended parents and the attorney to establish expectations and guidelines for communication and involvement throughout your surrogacy journey.
Some common types of relationships that may develop include:
Ultimately, the type of relationship that develops between the surrogate and intended parents will depend on the preferences and comfort levels of all parties involved. It is essential to establish clear expectations and boundaries from the outset to ensure a positive and respectful experience for everyone involved.
Yes, if you have had no more than 3 c-sections.
No, we only work with gestational surrogates. The embryo that is created is from the intended parent(s)’ or donor eggs and sperm. The baby is not genetically related to you. The baby is genetically related to the parent(S) or the donors (egg/sperm) they used to create the embryo.
Yes, you can.
Unfortunately, you will not qualify if you have a depression diagnosis due to the physical and emotional efforts of being a surrogate.
Yes, you will not be disqualified from being a surrogate.
No, we will obtain an insurance policy for you to cover the surrogacy cycle.
Yes! As a surrogate your fallopian tubes and ovaries are not used.
To have your spouse or partners support and involvement is important throughout the surrogacy process. However, the requirements and expectations for partners of surrogates may vary depending on the individual circumstances and preferences of the intended parents. It is a requirement to be a surrogate through Giving Hope to have a supportive spouse or partner.
In general, some common expectations or requirements for partners of surrogates include:
No. If you receive any form of government assistance you are required to report your income.
A background check is required to become a surrogate to ensure that you and your spouse/ partner are eligible and suitable to participate in the surrogacy process. Background checks are designed to identify potential risks or issues that could impact the safety and wellbeing of the intended parents, the surrogate, or the child. Background checks are an important part of the surrogacy process to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved.
Some of the key reasons why a background check is required include:
A BMI under 30 will help ensure that you are healthy and able to carry a pregnancy to term without significant medical complications.
A BMI that is too high can increase the risk of medical complications during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes.
There are different types of surrogacy, each with its own unique process and legal implications. The three main types of surrogacy are traditional surrogacy, gestational surrogacy, and surrogate motherhood.
Traditional Surrogacy: In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate mother is the biological mother of the child. This is because the surrogate’s own eggs are used, either through artificial insemination or natural conception, and the surrogate carries the child to term. As a result, traditional surrogacy can lead to legal and emotional complexities, as the surrogate may have a genetic and legal relationship to the child.
Gestational Surrogacy: In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate mother does not use her own eggs but instead carries a fertilized embryo that has been created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) using the intended mother’s or a donor’s eggs and the intended father’s or a donor’s sperm. The embryo is transferred to the surrogate’s uterus, and the surrogate carries the child to term. As a result, the surrogate has no genetic relationship to the child, and there are fewer legal complexities involved.
Surrogate Motherhood: Surrogate motherhood is a type of surrogacy that involves a woman carrying a child for someone else or a couple without any genetic connection to the child. In this case, the surrogate mother carries the child for the intended parents using either the intended mother’s or a donor’s eggs and the intended father’s or a donor’s sperm. As in gestational surrogacy, the surrogate mother has no genetic relationship to the child and is only carrying the child to term on behalf of the intended parents.
In conclusion, the primary difference between traditional surrogacy, gestational surrogacy, and surrogate motherhood is whether or not the surrogate mother has a genetic relationship to the child. It is important to understand the legal and emotional complexities of each type of surrogacy before making a decision.