Some people tend to be confused about the key difference between being a surrogate mother and an adopted parent. Surrogacy, although it may have a connection to adoption, is actually almost completely opposite to the act of adoption. They do go hand-in-hand, though. The act of surrogacy requires a woman to carry the child of someone whom is not their significant other, within their own womb, in order to provide them with a healthy infant. This is usually compensated with money, although sometimes it can be an act of kindness that is given from a friend or acquaintance of the family whom wishes to have a child. The latter is usually not as common but it isn’t unheard of.
There are many people who lack the ability to have a child, whether it is because the woman in question is infertile or simply cannot give birth due to other medical complications. Sometimes this can be a hereditary condition that they are worried will be carried on through their own infant’s genes. Another situation that may call for a surrogate mother is if the couple who wishes to have a baby is of the same gender or is simply too old to conceive any longer.
There are certain centers for surrogate parenting which can guide those who are interested in becoming surrogates. Taking individuals through the process of becoming a certified surrogate is generally these center’s main goals, along with lending a hand throughout the development process. This usually begins with a surrogacy application, in which the hopeful surrogate mother will fill out a form that asks questions about them and their personal habits, general lifestyle, medical history, as well as their work history and educational background. These small details are important in matching up the surrogate with a compatible set of parents. If this application is accepted, then the aspiring surrogate mother will be contacted by the head of the surrogacy center in which they are applying for.
Once this point has been reached, the center may request for a more in depth analysis of the applying surrogate’s medical history. A number of medical tests will be processed, which may include a pap smear, vaginal ultrasound, embryo transfer, and a hysteroscopy. A physical exam is also mandatory at this point in the process, as well as a meeting with the expecting parents and the surrogacy coordinator. At some point, it may be requested that the surrogate take estrogen injections, pills, or some other form of supplementation.
The process of surrogacy will include frequent visits to the doctor, many blood tests, and ultrasounds. This is because a surrogate pregnancy requires more frequent attention, rather than a “natural” birth. These details must be kept in mind when considering surrogacy as a life choice.