Having a baby is a life-changing event. The sad truth of the matter is that there are couples who are unable to conceive. This is when a surrogate program might be considered.
Becoming a surrogate is an incredibly rewarding experience. One of the greatest gifts you could ever give someone else is the gift of life.
But becoming a surrogate is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Any woman thinking about becoming a surrogate should do a lot of research on the matter to educate themselves fully about the process and what is required.
Before contacting Above and Beyond Surrogacy about becoming a surrogate, here are a few questions you should ask yourself first.
Am I Ready to Become a Surrogate Mother?
This is a pretty deep question that is hugely important. Carrying a child and supporting life in your body for nine months is a tremendous responsibility. And you need to keep in mind that giving birth to a child creates an instant bond.
You need to make sure that you are physically and mentally up for the challenge. It will be necessary to take on not only your emotional health, but the emotional health of all who are involved in this process.
The arrival of life into this world is a beautiful thing and it is a life-changing decision you are making.
Will My Family Support Me?
While it is totally up to you to become a surrogate mother, it is a good idea to ask for the support of your friends and family. Just the process of becoming a surrogate could take up to a year, so you are invested for quite a long time.
When the family is on board with the decision to become a surrogate, there is less stress during the pregnancy and a more positive environment. Surrogacy is a process that is both long and complicated, and the need for a lot of support is critical.
What is Expected of a Surrogate Mother?
There are a lot of aspects that will be addressed during the surrogacy process. It is important that you know what is expected of you.
A healthy pregnancy requires medical appointments and regular checkups. There will be a whole lot of time and energy spent with the financial and legal aspects of a surrogacy pregnancy. There are also plenty of emotional considerations that come with the process.
Have You Has at Least One Child?
All surrogate candidates must have had at least one healthy pregnancy and delivery and be raising children of their own. A surrogate pregnancy is different and unique and it is difficult to understand unless you have been pregnant before.
Am I Ready for People to be Looking into My Background?
You need to make sure you are alright with people looking at your background and digging up the past. The screening process to become a surrogate is intense, to say the least. It is also important that you are completely honest when it comes to background checks and applications.
For more information, contact Above and Beyond Surrogacy.