Having a child we can call our own is one of the greatest dreams almost all of us have. The picturesque image of taking care of a little person and seeing them smile back at you is something we all look forward to. Indeed, children are the most beautiful little miracles.
Unfortunately for some, having a child does not come easy for them. For same-sex couples, those with fertility problems, and people who intend to stay single, having a child can be very hard. Thankfully, the advancement of technology and the modernization of medicine paved the way to address this problem. Science’s answer to this is surrogacy.
Before we go any further, let us first understand what surrogacy means. Surrogacy, as roughly defined, is a process involving a woman—who would be hereafter referred to as a surrogate mother—who would voluntarily agree to carry and give birth to another person’s child. In every case, this involves a legal agreement or arrangement regarding the parental rights and other responsibilities of all the parties involved.
Indeed, surrogacy has changed the lives of many people and hopeful couples. As a matter of fact, data from the Council of Responsible Genetics shows that surrogacy statistics have nearly doubled from 2004 to 2008, producing a total of 5,238 babies in just a four year period. Furthermore, they added that this growth rate shows no signs of slowing. This just goes to show that more and more people are becoming willing and open about undergoing the whole process of surrogacy.
Now, what does it take to become a surrogate mother and what things should you consider before deciding to become one? In this article, we will answer this very interesting question and discuss similar topics along the way. Continue reading to learn more and don’t forget to take down notes!
First and foremost, check first if you have the qualifications that a surrogate mother needs to have. Usually, the requirements are that the woman must be healthy, of consenting age (most countries require at least 21 years of age), must have given birth to at least one child, and must currently be raising one. However, more qualifications and requirements may be needed depending on your state or locality’s laws and regulations.
Second of all, before you decide on becoming a surrogate mother, check the laws regarding surrogacy in your state or locality. Remember, since the United States is a federal country, laws may differ from one state to another. Do your research thoroughly and make sure you satisfy yourself with answers first before you go straight into surrogacy. Do not leave any question unanswered because you must take into account every little thing.
Lastly, be certain that you are not just physically prepared but also mentally and emotionally ready to take on this challenging yet very blessed journey of surrogacy. Usually, surrogacy agencies will run several medical tests first to see if you are viable to become a surrogate mother. Having a healthy lifestyle, such as not smoking and maintaining a balanced diet and exercise routine, is key for a successful pregnancy as a surrogate.
If you are a woman who has already given birth to a child naturally, that is without the help of science intervention, then you could be a good candidate for surrogacy and sharing the gift of a child with other hopeful parents-to-be.