A High Demand For Surrogate Mothers In The U.S.

Surrogate Mothers – Important Information to Consider

The need for Gestational Carriers or Surrogate Mothers grows as more individuals and couples seek to create families. Infertility is growing at alarming rates as women delay child bearing and as same sex couples explore surrogacy in order to secure the desire for biological children.

Demand for surrogate mothers in the US is also growing since gestational carriers are very desirable for international couples due to restrictive laws in other countries. The demand for carriers is highly prevalent in the US due to our relaxed laws in comparison to other countries.  Even certain states are friendlier than others.

Using a gestational carrier costs approximately $75,000, and despite this high cost of, GCs are still in great demand.

Achieving a surrogate pregnancy is truly a selfless and beautiful journey, especially when the surrogate mothers and intended parents are an ideal match professionally, personally and when all parties have like minded attitudes towards the pregnancy.

For GCs it is important to find the best agency or 3rd party coordinator to insure that you are well represented and that you have an advocate to help you through the surrogacy arrangement. We are a private entity that offers a unique one on one approach, giving the carriers a very personal touch to a  journey while acting as her advocate to ensure all things are done fairly and equitably.

If you are interested in learning more about being a Gestational Carrier, contact me today! I look forward to hearing from you.

Wendy Payne
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A Surrogate Mother Shares Her Perspective On Surrogacy

What is gestational surrogacy? Detailed information about Surrogate & Surrogate Pregnancy

surrogacyWritten by Ryley of That’s My Family Blog:

Today I am 7 weeks pregnant. Ultrasound pictures are held up with letter magnets on my fridge. My calendar is splattered with OB appointment reminders every week.

But this baby isn’t mine. This baby belongs to an AMAZING couple that I couldn’t love more.

I am a Gestational Carrier, a Surrogate Mom.

Who Are Surrogate Mothers?

There is a good chance that all you know of surrogates either came from the movie “Baby Mama” or from the recent “surrogate” scandal. What I want you to know most about surrogates is that we are real people: we’re moms, we work normal jobs, lead normal lives. There are a lot of different stories that pull women to surrogacy. For me, it was a best friend in high school who came out to me after we graduated. He was happy, but realized his orientation meant he would never have biological children. Without even thinking, my 17 year old self proclaimed “I’ll have babies for you!”

11 years later, I made the leap and joined a surrogacy agency that embodied all I wanted and needed to make this a positive experience for all involved. The agency matched me with a fantastic couple that will become parents in the Spring of 2012.

What Is Being A Surrogate Mother Like?

It sounds easy when I say it that way, sounds like a piece of cake. There is so much more that goes into it. There is the typical question everyone asks, “How can you just give your baby up?” First, this baby is in NO WAY my child. It will look drastically different than me and my family. It will not have my blood type, it was not made with any of my genetics. The process has been compared to long term babysitting. If your best friend asked you to watch their child for 9 months, you’d do it. You’d love that child for 9 months, tuck them into bed at night and kiss them on the head. You’d feed them and take care of them. When your friend came back you’d be SO happy to reunite them. Would you miss that child after you cared for them? YES, you would, but your heart would be so happy. I CANNOT wait to reunite this baby with its parents. I dream of it at night. I get teary eyed thinking about it. It’ll be the moment I’ve been waiting for…

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Learn the Details of Becoming a Surrogate Mother

surrogate mother and babyWhat is Surrogacy?

There are a few assisted reproduction techniques, such as In Vitro Fertilization, egg freezing and surrogacy. Out of these techniques, surrogacy is the most unique. This process is very personal to both the surrogate and the intended parents. The process produces many emotions as it involves bringing different people together to bring a child into the world.

In a conventional pregnancy with one man and one woman, a pregnancy can create feeling of joy and excitement. However, for some women, a pregnancy can create feelings of stress. A pregnancy via surrogate can make things more complicated due to multiple parties being involved in the pregnancy.

With a pregnancy via surrogacy, it is important that all parties involved form a partnership in which they all move towards the same goal. This requires support before, during and after the pregnancy. The surrogate mother as well as the doctor, the couple or the individual desiring a child, must be able to work well together in order to ensure that the surrogacy remains as smooth and as joyful as possible.

Intended parents and surrogates must keep in mind that the typical surrogacy process can be more than one year.

As a surrogate mother, you are giving a gift to the intended parents. You will help give someone their deepest desire – a desire to bring a child into the world. This experience can be quite emotional. Here are some tips for what to consider when deciding to become a surrogate mother:

Religious Views

Each religion has differing opinions on the morality of surrogacy. Surrogacy and Islam and surrogacy and Christianity may view the topic in different ways. This is also true of Judaism and other religions. Some religions accept modern science and technology and view it as the use of the intellect given to us by God to conceive a child. If you are unsure of your religion’s views on surrogacy, then you may need to consult with your religious leaders.

Society’s Surrogacy Stigma

If you decide to become a surrogate you may receive criticism from more than just your religious community. Other people may be reluctant to accept your choice while others may have outright oppositions to surrogacy. While the beliefs of those close to you are significant, in the end it is your own decision whether or not to become a surrogate. When thinking about becoming a surrogate, it is important to ask yourself this important question: “Do you want to carry a child for a couple or individual desiring one?” It is vital to think about your own beliefs without pressure from those surrounding you. You must make the choice that you have peace with.

Reasons To Become A Surrogate

Do you have specific reasons why you want to become a surrogate? While the most common motive may be financial incentives, for many women the decision to become a surrogate may is based on an intrinsic desire to help others in need. The intended parents have a deep desire to build a family and you can be their angel that helps bring a child into the world. You must also be aware that potential womb carriers with self-seeking motives are not usually chosen.

Forming A Relationship With The Intended Parent(s)

It is imperative that you have a positive relationship with the individual or couple that will be the parent(s) of the child you will carry in your womb for nine months. If you have already decided that you would like to become a surrogate but have yet to find a couple, then it would be best to search for one that fits you by contacting a surrogacy agency. If you are interested in international surrogacy, there are surrogacy agencies in India, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and other countries that can act as mediators between surrogates and intended parents. If you are fortunate enough to have already found a suitable couple or individual, then it is very important that you build a relationship prior to finalizing your decision to be the surrogate mother.

To find more information and to speak with a Surrogacy Agent, please visit: Surrogates Across America today!

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Generous Donations: Egg Donors and Surrogates

Surrogate Mother

By Laurie McLaughlin

When a couple is having trouble conceiving or carrying a pregnancy, sometimes a “third party” is enlisted to help. These women—egg donors and surrogates—are giving one of the greatest gifts of all. Find out why they do it.

 

The phrase “third-party reproduction” sounds so impersonal. But the egg donors and surrogates who help couples achieve their dream of parenthood are anything but. These women are giving of themselves in the most personal way possible. And most times the couples who are the recipients of these gifts are strangers.

 

Who are these women? Why do they do what they do? If you’re cynically thinking it’s just for the money, think again. Donating eggs or carrying a pregnancy involves real health risks that money really can’t compensate for. Egg retrieval is a surgical procedure that requires weeks of shots and discomfort followed by another couple of weeks of recuperation. Pregnancy and childbirth, of course, with the preliminary hormonal treatments and recuperation following delivery, affects at least a year of the surrogate mother’s life (and her family’s). The majority of women who carry a child for another woman are “gestational surrogates,” meaning the child inside them was created with the egg from either the intended mother or another donor. Traditional surrogacy arrangements, in which the surrogate also provides the egg, are much less common today, because both the intended parents and the surrogates have concerns about issues of attachment if the baby is both genetically created and carried by the same woman.

 

For both egg donors and surrogates, the fees that are paid are meant to cover medical fees as well as pain and suffering. Laws from state to state vary, and some are more surrogate- and donor-friendly than others. Fees also vary, with areas such as California paying as much as $25,000 for a surrogacy and $8,500 for egg donation. It’s unlikely that anyone would agree to be a surrogate or egg donor for strangers without compensation, but money alone can’t explain why women put their lives on the line to do it.

 

ConceiveOnline.com talked with six egg donors and surrogates and asked them to tell their own stories of why they do what they do… Come back again to read a egg donor/surrogacy story from Terri!

 

 

 


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How To Become A Surrogate

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How to become a surrogate these days is much different than the Old Testament surrogacy procedure, where the house-maid was often given to the husband if the wife was barren.  Today’s options allow the surrogate to not have any DNA contribution to the growing fetus.  Majority of the common arrangements currently involve gestational carriers in which the woman carrying the child has no biological connection to the embryo.  A woman who would like to know how she can be a vessel in this glorious journey has a plethora of organizations, agencies and clinics to turn to via the internet.

Surrogacy laws can be complicated, and in some cases illegal, depending on the state you live in.  It is important to know these laws and one should be very careful navigating this on their own unless they are extremely knowledgeable in the ever changing legalities and statutes throughout the country.

In seeking how to begin this process, a woman might first consider the driving factor behind such a decision.  One might choose to become a carrier in hopes to help fulfill the dreams of another person and/or couple.  This type of person usually has what is referred to as a servant’s heart.  Another driving factor in becoming a surrogate could be of a woman who has fabulous pregnancies or the “gift” of pregnancy but no wishes to continue having children of her own at this time or in the future.

Lastly, a woman may choose to become a surrogate for monetary purposes.  There are several reasons woman turn to surrogacy in which there is no right or wrong answer.  In considering this immense obligation and life-changing experience a woman must show a selfless characteristic and an emotional and physical commitment. Becoming a carrier for someone will no doubt be a life-changing commitment and experience for all parties involved.  The journey itself is truly rewarding.

Become A Gestational Carrier

A woman can receive surrogacy compensation in some states; in others, she can receive cost of living expenses to be reimbursed. These fees, expenses, reimbursements and compensations vary from state to state, city to city sometimes and have several items taken into account.  There is no “one size fits all.”  In every case, all expenses pertaining to the pregnancy, the surrogacy arrangement and the birth will be covered by the intended parent(s).  Surrogacy agencies want the best for their clients; therefore, a potential surrogate mom must meet certain requirements. Profiles for surrogates can be quite lengthy but are an important factor in the process as the commitment level required of the individual is very high.  This is a working relationship that will last anywhere from 9-18 months and in some cases even longer.

In order to become a carrier, there are a few requirements in the process.  A surrogate mother must demonstrate that she is a responsible person and has compassion, especially toward the infertile heterosexual couple, same sex couple or individual seeking to fulfill their goal of parenthood. A woman interested in becoming a surrogate will need to meet the following standards that include but are not limited to: being between the ages of 21 and 40, having a healthy BMI, being in good physical condition, being a non-smoker, showing stability, being free of sexually transmitted diseases, willing to submit to a criminal background check.  Even though a surrogate is compensated, she should be financial stable in her own rights.

A Few Different Scenarios For A Surrogacy Arrangement

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Most Intended Parents pursue a surrogacy arrangement so that the surrogate has no biological connection to the child.  This helps to lessen any emotional connection that the surrogate may have in carrying the baby or babies.  There are several methods used in the process of gestational carriers.  All could involve contribution from either one or both intended parents depending on the fertility challenges.

In the cases involving same-sex couples, they may choose an egg donor and one parent opt to be the “bio-dad.”  In the cases involving heterosexual couples who have infertility struggles, they may use either a sperm donor or an egg donor to help create a healthy embryo allowing one parent to be genetically connected to the child.

In some infertility cases or when there is an unhealthy genetic disposition a couple or single does not wish to pass on to the child, a donor might be used for both the egg and sperm.  No matter what the choices, in a gestational surrogacy arrangement, it is all done through in-vitro fertilization in which the embryo is implanted into the gestational carrier and the pregnancy results await. For more information on how to become a surrogate, please contact us today!