Become A Surrogate Mother
How wonderful to give the gift of a child to a loving couple who can't conceive on their own!
You have probably landed on this page because you have decided to become a surrogate mother or you are seeking information about surrogacy.
Let me refer you to a great book with stories about women who have gone through it. I think you will love this book. Surrogacy Was the Way: Twenty Intended Mothers Tell Their Stories
There are many couples around the world that are either infertile or incapable of producing a pregnancy, but desire to begin a family.
You will receive many blessings along this journey, because you will be giving the gift of life--a baby.
You are probably asking what the requirements are to become a surrogate mother.
1) You must have given birth to at least one child.
2) Have not had any prior pregnancy/childbirth complications.
3) Be financially secure and not receiving any government assistance.
4) Have reliable transportation and able to travel to locations (at agency/intended parent expense) for screening, matching, and medical procedures.
5) You must live in specific states in the U.S. and be a citizen or permanent resident.
6) Be between the ages of 23-35 years of age.
7) Be a non-smoker for at least six months and not exposed to extensive second hand smoke in your home or work environment.
8) Be of appropriate height and weight to pass medical screening guidelines. Your Body Mass Index will need to be under the calculation of 35. (click here for a BMI calculator).
9) You must be willing to undergo abortion at the request of the parents if the pregnancy involves genetic complications. Due to the potential of complicated multiple pregnancies, you must be willing to carry at least twins and also be willing to undergo a fetal reduction in the event of more than two potential babies. This is to lower the risks to you as the surrogate and to the babies.
There are many surrogacy clinics around the United States. And, they are all looking for healthy women to volunteer as surrogates.
Here are some books that I recommend:
Diane Ehrensaft, a clinical and developmental psychologist, answers the difficult questions that everyone asks whem considering surrogacy and other unique methods of creating families. Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families
Helena Ragone writes a very interesting book, putting judgement aside. She writes from the perspective of all those involved in surrogacy--from the clinicians to the surrogates and families. Surrogate Motherhood: Conception In The Heart (Institutional Structures of Feeling)
If you are planning on becoming a surrogate mother, your pre, during and post pregnancy health is very important. Here are some books to get your body ready for pregnancy:
The parents choosing you to be their surrogate will want to know that you have done everything in your power to maintain excellent health. Healthy Eating for Pregnancy: The Complete Guide to a Healthy Diet Before, During and After Pregnancy
See what the Mayo Clinic has to say about health and pregnancy. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Learning to shop and prepare the right foods is going to put you squarely on the path to health. That means health for you and the baby. The Well-Rounded Pregnancy Cookbook: Give Your Baby a Healthy Start with 100 Recipes That Adapt to Fit How You Feel
Jenny McCarthy gives her hilarious pregnancy experiences. You'll love this book. I gave it to my daughter while she was pregnant with her first. She and her husband laughed through the whole thing. Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth
This book is just fun advice from a woman who has given birth to four children and kept her size 4 figure. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy
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