Becoming a Surrogate - How to know if surrogacy is right for you
Quite often when people think of surrogacy, they think of traditional surrogacy. Traditional surrogacy is when a woman uses her own egg and is fertilized by the Intended Father through artificial insemination. The surrogate is biologically related to the child she is carrying and, in most states, has parental rights toward the child. Due to the legal complications that can evolve from traditional surrogacy most agencies will only match gestational surrogates.
Gestational surrogates carry a child unrelated to her. The embryo can be made from the egg and sperm of the Intended Parents, an egg donor and the sperm of the Intended Father, or an egg donor and a sperm donor. The surrogate's parental rights vary from state to state but are significantly less than that of a traditional surrogate. Occasionally, depending on the laws in the state where the child is born, the Intended Parents' names can even be put on the birth certificate.
In most states a traditional surrogate has parental rights to the child and there is a time period in which she can change her mind. In most states that right is not afforded to a gestational surrogate.
There are many possibilities that bring parents to consider surrogacy as an option to complete their family. The uniting factor is that you yearn for a child of your own but are unable to carry the child yourself. People from all walks of life are choosing surrogacy as an option to have a child. Surrogacy has been getting more media attention lately as celebrities tell about their journeys through the surrogate process.
Is surrogacy worth the cost? If having your biological child is important to you, or you would like to be as involved as possible during the pregnancy of your child, then YES surrogacy is worth the cost. With surrogacy you can develop a wonderful friendship with your surrogate and be involved every step of the way. You can relax, knowing that a caring woman is taking good care of your child, eating healthy and living a happy life during her pregnancy. These factors have been shown to affect the developing baby. With today's technology the baby can even bond to your voice during the pregnancy! This involvement can't be found any other way than through surrogacy. So though costs may be a consideration the emotional involvement and bonding is priceless!
Gestational Surrogate Moms, Inc. (GSMoms) is a full-service surrogacy and egg donor agency that focuses on keeping the most significant decision in life - that of starting a family - a personal experience. Whether you are an intended parent, surrogate, egg donor, clinical partner and/or sister agency, you will always feel our level of commitment. Our GSMoms family will work you through this process, and treat you with the care you deserve during such a critical time in your lives.
We are a global company with our main offices located in Sacramento, California, and Champaign, Illinois. We also have a satellite office in Pasadena, California; and work with partners and other agencies located throughout the world, including Tel Aviv, Israel, and Shenzhen, China.