Become A Surrogate
Become a Surrogate!
For a variety of reasons, couples (or single women) decide that they want to give the joy of parenthood to couples who cannot deliver their own baby. If you are thinking of becoming a surrogate mother, find out what it means.
As a young, fertile woman, you can have the opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of a hopeful couple desiring to parent their own child. You can become a surrogate for them.
If you are looking for a way to work from home to tend to your own children, surrogacy might be an answer for you.
Most Surrogates earn about $30,000.00 for one pregnancy. Additional expenses would be covered as well.
The requirements are strict, but most normal, healthy, stable married young women qualify. You must have delivered at least one healthy baby without complications.
The usual age requirement is between 21 and 35. You must be in a stable living arrangement and in a well-adjusted relationship.
Here is a list of other requirements:
1. You must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
2. You must be raising at least one of your own children in your home
3. You must not be on welfare
4. You must not be a drug and/or alcohol user
5. You must not have been arrested for drug abuse
6. You must not have a criminal record
7. You must not have any sexually transmitted diseases
8. You cannot have HIV or AIDS
9. You must submit to a physical examination
10. You must agree to be tested for STD’s, HIV, and Hepatitis
11. You must agree to a criminal background check
12. You must agree to a psychological evaluation
Once you understand that you will need to agree to all of the above stipulations, you can contact an agency and make an appointment for your initial intake, fill out the application paperwork and arrange for an interview.
When you have finished all of the preliminary steps you will be presented with various profiles of couples desiring a baby. Together with your agency representative, you will have meetings with the couples you have selected.
Once a decision has been made, you will learn more about what is involved in fertilization.
When you have tested positive for pregnancy, you will have a schedule of doctor’s appointments. You will be expected to follow doctor’s orders explicitly and be able to get to all of your appointments on time without exception.
All of your pregnancy expenses will be paid for through the agency. Every situation is different. You can negotiate your coverage and ask other questions during your interview.
You will have lots of questions. All of them can be answered by your advocate at the agency.
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
Dr. Christine Strong, NMD
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