The Pros and Cons of Being a Surrogate Mother
Gestational surrogacy is where the embryo is created using the sperm and eggs of the intended parent, or an anonymous donor. The fertilized egg, or embryo, is then transferred to a surrogate who carries the baby to term. That means the surrogate mother is not genetically related to the child. Overall, the pros and cons of being a gestational carrier are much the same as being a traditional carrier, but here’s what you should know in terms of the pros and cons of being a surrogate.
The Pros of Being A Surrogate Mother
Being a surrogate mother can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Here are some other pros.
Surrogates Receive Generous Compensation
Compensation can vary significantly, depending on a variety of factors. But gestational carriers can expect to receive anywhere from $40,000 to $50,000 for their commitment. Surrogates are compensated for their commitment, time, and the risks involved.
Surrogacy Is A Rewarding Gift
As a surrogate mother, you can give back to another family. Becoming a surrogate is a selfless act, and there’s a great deal of satisfaction and pride that can come with helping another couple.
Surrogates Are Legally Protected
Contracts don’t just protect the parents, they ensure that those surrogates are covered too. These contracts guarantee that the gestational carriers are reimbursed for their time and contribution these contracts clearly lay out your responsibilities and obligations. Surrogates have no obligations to the child after birth, the contract spares you of any responsibility following childbirth.
The Cons of Being A Surrogate Mother
Some risks and downsides can accompany surrogacy. Here are some cons to consider:
Surrogacy Is Physically Demanding
As a surrogate mother, not only will you be dealing with the normal side effects of being pregnant, you’ll be required to go in for screenings, appointments, treatments, and more.
Surrogacy Is A Lengthy Process
Prospective surrogate mothers should expect the process to take 12 months or more, beginning with filling out an application to childbirth. You may be required to adjust your travel plans, schedule, and priorities during this period.
Surrogacy Can Be Emotionally Challenging
There is quite a bit of stress and anxiety that can accompany pregnancy. This can even be heightened when carrying someone else’s child. Counseling services can prove to be beneficial during this time.
How Joy Of Life Can Assist You On Your Journey As A Surrogate Mother
Joy of Life is a surrogacy company located in Southern California. Many of our staff were previously surrogate mothers and have plenty of hands-on experience. We know the process inside and out and can assist you at every stage of the journey. Get in touch with us to learn more.