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What should you consider before choosing surrogacy?

On Behalf of | Oct 20, 2022 | surrogacy and reproductive technology

Deciding to use a surrogate to grow your family requires a lot of forethought and love. Your undeniable desire to become a parent may fuel your decision to pursue this unique solution to infertility.

Knowing what to consider before settling on surrogacy can help you feel more confident about your choice. With adequate thought and preparation, your decision can be the start of something wonderful.

Financial obligations

The financial commitment of using a surrogate can make other parenting expenses appear minuscule. According to U.S. News, surrogacy costs could reach a staggering $150,000 for a complete gestational period. These costs might include the following:

  • Surrogacy agency fees
  • Legal fees
  • Establishment of parenting rights
  • Fertility treatments
  • Surrogacy compensation

Health and wellness

You will also want to consider the health history and current well-being of the surrogate you choose. Given that this person will provide the vessel for your baby’s arrival, you will want someone with a clean bill of health.

Relationships and trust

Knowing that someone else will carry your baby throughout pregnancy may cause angst and uncertainty. You will want to select a person you trust. Look for someone compatible with your values and someone willing to communicate with you.

Asking the right questions and taking your time throughout the screening process can help you find someone you feel good about. Invest resources into building a relationship with your gestational carrier.

Surrogacy, although not as common as other infertility solutions, can provide a lifelong opportunity for you and your partner. Relying on your intuition and the support of professionals can improve your ability to make the right decision for your family.