While gestational surrogacy can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for many women, it is not right for everyone. In this blog post, I will discuss what factors should consider in considering whether you should become a gestational surrogate.
It is important to understand what gestational surrogacy is. Gestational surrogacy is a type of surrogacy where the surrogate, also called the “Gestational Carrier,” carries a pregnancy for another person or couple, using an embryo created from the intended parents’ or donors’ egg and sperm. The surrogate does not have any genetic connection whatsoever to the baby she carries, as the embryo is created outside of her body.
A good candidate for becoming a Gestaional Surrogate must be emotionally stable and prepared for the experience. It is important that the surrogate is able to handle the emotional demands of the surrogacy journey, as well as any complications that may arise, rare as they may be.
Good physical health is another “must” to be a good candidate for gestational surrogacy. Pregnancy can be physically demanding, and it is important that the surrogate is in good health and able to carry a pregnancy to term. A woman who has a history of complicated pregnancies or medical conditions that may affect her ability to carry a pregnancy to term may not be a good candidate for gestational surrogacy. Fertility doctors also typically require a candidate to be in a reasonably healthy height/weight ratio range.
Another important factor is that a candidate should be reasonably financially stable and not have any major financial distress. While gestational surrogates are heartily compensated for their time and effort, it is important that the surrogate is not relying solely on the compensation for financial stability. It is also important that the surrogate is able to take time off work, if necessary, for prenatal appointments and the delivery.
Finally, the support of a partner (if any) or family is an important factor in deteriming whether a prospective Gestational Surrogate is a good candidate for the process, as partners and family will be involved in the surrogacy journey as well.
In conclusion, becoming a gestational surrogate is a personal decision that should be carefully considered. The ideal candidate for gestational surrogacy is emotionally stable, physically healthy, financially stable, and has the support of her family.
If you are considering becoming a gestational surrogate, it is important to work with a reputable surrogacy agency and discuss the potential risks and rewards of the surrogacy journey with your partner or family. Reach out to us and let us walk you through the process!