As you contemplate serving as a surrogate, you are to be commended for simply giving this beautiful process its due consideration. There is nothing on planet earth more special than a caring woman offering to help good people become the parents they want to be.
Your reasons for wanting to serve as a surrogate mother are yours alone. Should you need any further motivation than giving from your heart for the benefit of others, there are other benefits you could derive from your involvement as a surrogate mother. The following information is going to focus on those potential benefits.
The Surrogate Definition
Before discussing how to be a surrogate and the potential benefits a surrogate might derive from involvement in the process, a definition of surrogacy seems in order.
According to Wikipedia, the surrogate definition is: “s an arrangement, often supported by a legal agreement, whereby a woman (the gestational carrier) agrees to bear a child for another person or people, who will become the child’s parent(s) after birth.”
How to Become a Surrogate
As you can imagine, the process of qualifying as a surrogate is detailed and important. If interested, you would need to submit an online application. After receiving a response, you would be required to meet certain qualifications such as
- Being between the ages of 21 and 40
- Being in good physical and mental health
- Having already delivered at least one child while having never encountered pregnancy or birthing complications
- Having a stable home environment
- Having no criminal or substance abuse history
The Potential Benefits of Surrogacy
If you meet the above requirements and get selected to serve as a surrogate for intended parents, there are ways you could benefit from the experiences. Here are four benefits that could be yours if you decide to move forward and serve as a gestational surrogate.
1. A Chance to Again Experience the Joy of Pregnancy
Since you are contemplating becoming a surrogate, it’s fair to assume you have had positive pregnancy experiences in the past. In fact, you might be a woman who enjoys the emotions and physical changes that come with pregnancy. Surrogacy can reconnect you with those positive experiences without having to increase the size of your own family.
2. Financial Rewards
Yes, you would be compensated for your surrogacy services: How much do surrogates make? Actually, you would be entitled to a base fee and reimbursements/other fees tied to the process. At our clinic, the base fee is $35,000. The amount could be higher if you have prior experience as a surrogate. As for reimbursements/other fees, that list would include:
- A clothing allowance
- Lost wage reimbursement while attending appointment
- Free medical and life insurance during pregnancy
- Assorted fees related to the in vitro and birthing processes
3. Building New Relationships
As you can imagine, the surrogate process will allow you to establish a meaningful relationship with the intended parent or parents. Oftentimes, these relationships blossom into meaningful friendships that can span a lifetime.
There is honor and pride that are derived from unselfishly serving others. That honor and pride get a huge bump when the service involves something as precious as giving parenthood to people who deserve that opportunity. This is a source of pride you would carry through the rest of your life.
If you are convinced surrogacy is right for you, contact a professional agency and let’s get things started.