Risk of miscarriage and problems with general wellness could make having a child difficult if not dangerous from some couples. In these cases, gestational surrogacy may be recommended. Our Lubbock, TX fertility specialists have connected couples with surrogates, helping start families and allowing patients to realize their dreams.
Finding a surrogate and arranging for their services can seem tricky if you’re unfamiliar with how it works. The process might even seem intimidating. We want to go over some of the basics right now so you have a good understanding of what to expect.
How Surrogates Can Help Couples
When a woman is unable to carry a child to term on her own, a gestational surrogate will carry the child in her own womb. This allows the baby to develop and be born in a healthy manner. Parents can have their own biological child.
Thanks to in vitro fertilization (IVF), a couple will be able to use their own sperm and eggs as part of the process. The embryo is then transferred to the carrier. Many
Picking a Surrogate Mother
When picking a surrogate, a couple has a few options.
For one, our practice has a pool of women who are willing to be a surrogate for a couple. These women have been carefully screened, and you’ll be able to meet and discuss the process with them to make sure you find someone you can trust.
Couples may also seek a surrogate on their own if they wish. A family member or friend may be the surrogate, or perhaps a woman who is located through an outside agency.
Whatever your preference may be, we will be happy to offer some insight and advice on finding the right surrogate and some matters you should keep in mind.
Medical Exams and Screenings
Well before the process gets underway, the surrogate will need to undergo a full medical exam and screening. This will make sure she is healthy and facing no health issues that could impact successful pregnancy and live birth.
Hire an Attorney to Draft the Surrogacy Documents
Hiring a surrogate isn't something that’s done over coffee and a handshake. There are many issues legal regarding liability and expectations to keep in mind. That’s why it’s a good idea to consult with a lawyer when drafting surrogate documents or looking over any contracts with a surrogate. This will make sure all parties involved are aware of what they are agreeing to.
Compensation for a Surrogate Mother
Most women who become surrogates will receive around $40,000 for their services. Additional compensation may be provided for groceries, medical visits, transportation, and so forth. These matters can be discussed and agreed to while drafting legal documents for the process.
Helping You Make the Right Choices
Surrogacy may be what you need to realize your dreams of having a family. Making that decision can be difficult, but we’re here to help. If you have any questions about the pros and cons of surrogacy and your other options for starting a family, we’ll be more than happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.
Learn More About Surrogacy Options
For more information on surrogacy, picking a surrogate, and other issues to consider during this process, be sure to contact the Centre for Reproductive Medicine. Our team will offer insight and guidance every step of the way.