What to Expect When Someone Else is Expecting Your Child

As you are exploring options for growing your family, you might enjoy reading how Surrogate Solutions has helped create families.  Surrogate Solutions has helped many intended parents through surrogacy. This can feel overwhelming as this journey to parenthood is in the hands of a (usually) complete stranger. Intended parents who are looking to grow their family are sometimes faced with the reality that using a gestational carrier (or often called a surrogate) is their only option due to their own medical issues. The process of a surrogate pregnancy is often a mystery to many, so Surrogate Solutions hopes to provide answers to several questions to help intended parents better understand this journey. 

What is Traditional Surrogacy? How is that different than Gestational Surrogacy? 

A surrogate pregnancy is when intended parents use a surrogate to carry a child for them. Conception occurs through artificial insemination using the intended father’s sperm and the surrogate mother’s eggs. 

Gestational surrogacy differs because the child may be a complete biological child of the intended parent(s). Many intended mothers are infertile and may turn to donated eggs and the intended father’s sperm in order to conceive a child. Same sex male couples can use their sperm and donated eggs in order to conceive a child. The embryos are transferred through In Vitro Fertilization/Embryo Transfer (IVF/ET) in the surrogate. 

What Types of Intended Parents Use a Gestational Carrier to Have a Child? 

Intended Parents who turn to surrogacy to have a child are individuals who cannot conceive or carry on their own. They have often faced years of infertility and emotional heartbreak at not being able to have a child. Many have been able to conceive—and carry—a child to term previously, but due to medical diagnosis or treatments, are no longer able to have another child. 

Others have never been able to experience being a parent, having been infertile due to genetic or medical reasons. But all of these intended parents have the same desire: to have a child to love and raise, and are willing to explore other ways to achieve this dream. 

Same sex couples are often seeking help to grow their family. Using a surrogate is a great option for these couples. 

How Do Intended Parents Find a Surrogate/Gestational Carrier? 

Intended parents partner with a surrogacy agency who will guide them through the process to becoming parents.  

The agency will work with the intended parents and the gestational carriers to match them together for a pregnancy. Surrogate Solutions has a unique approach to matching. The goal is to look at several factors such as desired relationship, ideal birth plan, views on termination, vaccines, and future contact to determine who might be the best match.  Working with an agency not only provides a layer of protection for the intended parents, but also for the gestational carriers as well. 

How are these Pregnancies Managed? 

A surrogate pregnancy’s management is different for every intended parent and surrogate. The level of involvement and communication between the surrogate and the intended parents is something that is discussed and decided upon mutually prior to matching 

The surrogacy agency’s role is to be a trusted advisor throughout the entire journey to parenthood. Not only does the agency assist the intended parents in the legalese of the pregnancy and matching of the surrogate, but they also guide and support throughout the entire pregnancy. The agency will work hand-in-hand with the intended parents, physicians, and surrogates to be sure the pregnancy plan is mutually agreed upon and there is a healthy delivery. 

Covid Safety: Surrogate Solutions works with ASRM guidelines and will work with both parties to ensure safety. 

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Surrogate Solutions works with families every day to help achieve their dream of becoming parents, and with surrogates who want to give families the gift of life. We understand that this is a journey that is unique for every pregnancy, family, and surrogate. We know that you may have additional questions, so please contact us today and explore how surrogacy may be an option for you. 

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