Surrogacy is a remarkable and compassionate way for individuals who can't carry or conceive children to fulfill their dreams of parenthood. However, it often comes with misunderstandings and misconceptions. In this article, we aim to answer ten common questions about becoming a surrogate to alleviate any concerns you might have as you consider embarking on the beautiful surrogacy journey with Patriot Conceptions.
1. How does a surrogate become pregnant?
The process begins with IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). When matched with intended parents, embryos are created at the IVF clinic, using either the intended parents' genetic material or that of a donor. These embryos are then delicately transferred to the surrogate's uterus by a skilled fertility specialist. It's a simple, quick procedure that doesn't require pain relief or anesthesia. Surrogates typically leave the medical facility shortly after the transfer. A pregnancy blood test is conducted around 10 days post-transfer to confirm pregnancy.
2. Is surrogacy legal?
Surrogacy laws can be complex and vary from state to state in the United States. To find surrogacy-friendly states, consult resources like Patriot Conceptions. Some states, like California, are considered highly surrogacy-friendly, while others, like Nebraska, may not be as accommodating. Since surrogacy is still a relatively new field, laws may evolve over time. Patriot Conceptions works with experienced reproductive and family law attorneys to ensure a smooth journey.
3. How long does it take to be matched with intended parents?
The matching process can vary, but on average, it takes about three months. Patriot Conceptions prioritizes social compatibility, and your surrogacy coordinator will work closely with you to understand your preferences and needs. Extensive pre-screening is conducted for all parties involved, ensuring your safety and peace of mind.
4. What are the compensations?
Patriot Conceptions offers comprehensive compensation packages tailored to your needs. These packages typically include monthly compensation, maternity allowances, lost wages coverage, household allowances, childcare allowances, personalized gifts, and pregnancy bonuses. For specific details, please visit our website.
5. Do I need to purchase health insurance to be a surrogate?
No, you don't need to have your own health insurance for the surrogacy process. If you lack personal health insurance, Patriot Conceptions will assist your matched intended parents in obtaining suitable insurance coverage for the entire pregnancy. After the baby is born, the child is added to the parents' health insurance, and you won't be financially responsible for medical bills related to the pregnancy.
6. What are the surrogate requirements?
While the requirements may vary depending on the fertility doctor, common criteria include being under the age of 43, having a previous successful delivery and at least one biological child, maintaining a normal BMI, being a non-smoker, and having no history of pregnancy complications or premature deliveries. Patriot Conceptions will review your previous OB/delivery records to ensure the best interests of all parties are considered.
7. Do surrogates suffer any negative effects from surrogacy?
While any pregnancy carries some physical, emotional, and mental risks, surrogates rarely experience additional adverse effects. Most surrogates find the experience rewarding and may even consider surrogacy again in the future. If you have concerns at any point in your surrogacy journey, Patriot Conceptions is always there to provide support.
8. How much contact do surrogates and intended parents share with each other?
The level of contact varies based on individual preferences and the agreement between you and the intended parents. Many relationships between surrogates and intended parents evolve into lifelong friendships. Patriot Conceptions specialists will support you and act as mediators to help establish communication expectations at the beginning of your surrogacy journey.
9. Can I become a surrogate if my tubes are tied?
Yes, you can absolutely become a surrogate mother even if you've had a tubal ligation, commonly known as "having your tubes tied." This procedure does not affect your ability to carry a pregnancy, as it primarily prevents ovulation and does not hinder the successful implantation of an embryo in your uterus.
10. Why should I choose Patriot Conceptions over other surrogacy agencies?
Patriot Conceptions has a legacy of excellence, having been established in 1991. Our experienced staff, which includes former intended parents and surrogates, is well-versed in the surrogacy process. We are passionate about helping intended parents build families and making dreams come true for all parties involved. For heartwarming testimonials from surrogates, visit our website.
Your journey as a surrogate with Patriot Conceptions is a remarkable and selfless act that allows intended parents to experience the joy of parenthood. If you are considering becoming a surrogate, contact us to start building a family today. Your generosity can empower dreams and create beautiful families.