For many couples with fertility issues, asking a family member to become a surrogate mother is a feasible option. Not only will the surrogate establish a more intimate connection with the child, but the parents may rest assured that the woman carrying their child is in good physical and mental health. Becoming a surrogate mother for a family member is like working with an agency in many ways and involves a series of screenings and preparations before the birth of the child.
Prior to agreeing to the process, a potential surrogate should become as familiar as possible with the concept of becoming a surrogate mother. Many books, articles, and papers are available that discuss the physical and emotional aspects of becoming a surrogate mother. This material can help to prepare potential surrogates for both the pregnancy and the years following the birth of the child.
In addition, it is highly recommended that both the potential surrogate mother and the potential parents attend counseling sessions together. This may help determine both parties’ emotional wellbeing and preparedness for the surrogacy process. A thorough mental health and emotional screening may also be conducted so all parties involved feel comfortable and well-prepared.
To determine if a potential surrogate mother is physically prepared for pregnancy, it is necessary to visit with a medical professional. An obstetrician or gynecologist will perform an examination and provide a recommendation as to whether the potential surrogate mother is fit for carrying a child to gestation.
A meeting with the potential parents’ infertility treatment practitioner must also be arranged. This will serve to determine from whom the genetic materials to conceive the child will be taken. The child will either be conceived from genetic materials from the mother and father or from the father and the surrogate mother. Once this has been decided, the parties schedule an initial appointment to start the pregnancy. This appointment will establish the pregnancy and begin the gestation of the child. It is important for the surrogate mother to keep in close contact with the parents throughout the entire process.
Keep in mind that surrogacy laws vary by state. It is vital to consult with a qualified lawyer to develop a surrogacy contract that will help protect all parties involved. It will also be necessary to discuss medical expenses as well as any other related expenses with both the potential parents and the attorney drafting the contract. Becoming a surrogate mother for a family member can be most beneficial, but you may still have many unanswered questions. Feel free to contact Your Choice Florida to discuss your surrogacy options.