Why More Intended Parents are Choosing Surrogacy
There are many reasons why parents choose to have a child through surrogacy. Some of the reasons include health concerns, infertility, same-sex couples and single individuals. Other times, parents may have biological children and find themselves longing for another child but are not in a position to have a pregnancy themselves.
Whatever the reason, surrogacy is becoming increasingly popular for hopeful parents to build their families, which means more families are being created through this beautiful process. If you're considering a surrogacy journey for your family, here are common reasons why people decide to pursue this option.
Pregnancy Health Risks
For many women, pregnancy and childbirth are natural and relatively straightforward processes. However, for some women, carrying a child can pose serious health risks. Surrogacy provides an alternative for these women, allowing them to have a genetically related child without putting their own health at risk.
Women with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, may be better suited to surrogacy than traditional pregnancy. In addition, surrogacy can be a helpful option for women who have had multiple miscarriages or who have had difficulty conceiving in the past. By carrying the baby for another woman, a surrogate mother can help them to experience the joys of motherhood without exposing themselves to unnecessary medical risks.
However, it is important to note surrogacy is not without its challenges. The process can be financially and emotionally exhausting, and there is always the risk of something going wrong. Couples considering surrogacy need to be prepared for these challenges and make sure they are making the best decision for their family.
Nonetheless, surrogacy can be a rewarding experience for all involved and can provide families with the chance to grow in love and unity.
To Have a Biological Child
The question of whether a child will be biologically related is a very common concern. If you choose surrogacy, the baby will be related. Surrogate children are genetically related to the intended parents through the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. This process uses the intended mother’s eggs and her partner's sperm which are combined in a lab to create embryos.
The joy of having a child is incredible. But what makes this experience even more special is knowing a surrogate will give birth to a child who shares traits from both parents. Your baby will have genes from both parents in their makeup which means they can be as unique and amazing as they are!
For same-sex or LGBTQ+ couples, surrogacy is an opportunity to have a child genetically related to both parents. Similarly, surrogacy can give single parents the opportunity to have a biological child because you can choose to use your own eggs or sperm.
A Solution to Infertility
Infertility is a heartbreaking experience for any couple. It can be a source of immense frustration, anxiety, and sadness. While there are many treatments available, they don't work for everyone.
Couples often feel like they have exhausted all of their options. They may have tried multiple rounds of IVF, only to be left heartbroken each time. They may have considered adoption but feel it’s out of their reach.
Surrogacy can offer these couples new hope. By working with a surrogate, they can experience the joys of parenthood and show their love and commitment to starting a family.
Be Involved in the Pregnancy Process
Parents choose to use a surrogate because they want to be involved in the pregnancy process. While it's true that you are not the one carrying the baby, you can still be involved in many other ways -- ways that, if you adopted instead, you would miss out on.
For example, you can attend doctor's appointments, help with prenatal care, and be there for the birth. You can also develop a close relationship with the surrogate, which is such a special bond that can last a lifetime. Getting to know your surrogate and her lifestyle can allow you the peace of mind of knowing your baby is in good care during the gestational period.
Additionally, using a surrogate allows you to have some control over the pregnancy, which can be reassuring for some parents. Surrogates provide updates and photos during the pregnancy, so you can stay involved throughout the process.
Form a Lasting Relationship with Your Surrogate
Many intended parents find that they form a lasting relationship with their surrogates who become like family to the parents they help. The bond between surrogate and intended parents is unique and special. And it’s something that you can cherish for the rest of your life.
You will form a bond that will last the entire process and long after the baby is born. So when you are considering surrogacy, don't just think about the medical procedures involved. Think about the relationship that you will be forming with your gestational carrier and the memories that you will all make together.
Surrogacy is an amazing option for many families who want to have a biological child without going through the pregnancy themselves. You can have control over the pregnancy process, form a close relationship with your gestational carrier and have a child despite any infertility.
With careful planning and by working with an experienced agency, it is possible to find the perfect gestational carrier and create a family that you will be proud of.
The process of finding a surrogate can be overwhelming, but our team at Vermont Surrogacy Network is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to get started on your journey to becoming a parent through surrogacy.