Is Surrogate Parenting right for you?
Here's a typical case: The Intended Mother has exhausted all efforts to conceive a child or is unable to carry one to term. She may have a uterine health condition, such as fibroids or uterine scarring. She may have undergone a hysterectomy or cancer treatment. Or, she may suffer from any number of other conditions wherein pregnancy is considered dangerous to her health or not possible. It is also an ideal option for same-sex couples, single intended fathers or when a woman is no longer of child-bearing age. In these cases, surrogacy can be a viable choice.
For some, adoption is either not an option or the adoption process is too daunting or has been unsuccessful. Although adoption is a more commonly considered route, prospective parents often don't know the birth mother or birth father's past or their family medical or hereditary history. With a surrogate birth, medical screening and care begins prior
to the pregnancy, and everyone is on far more solid footing from the very beginning because you are working together with your surrogate as a team to create this child.
The costs involved in a commercial surrogacy arrangement can vary widely. Exploring your options, and empowering yourself to learn and understand what industry standard fees are, such as agency fees, compensation for surrogates, legal fees, psychological testing and medical procedure related fees/costs will help you to determine if this is financially possible for you. It is also important to become familiar with the unanticipated fees, surprise expenses that can arise in a surrogacy arrangement. A reputable surrogacy agency will help you financially prepare for both the best-case and worst-case scenarios.