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Considering Surrogacy [Growing Your Family]

If you’re reading this article, chances are it’s because you’re eager to grow your family. This is an exciting time. If you’re struggling with infertility, are an LGBT couple or a hopeful single parent, you might be looking at alternative family planning methods.

When it comes to “alternative” family planning, adoption often takes center stage. Adoption is a beautiful way to grow your family, but it’s not the only way.

In recent years, surrogacy has risen in popularity as a way for couples or single parents to have a child of their own. Surrogacy allows couples or individuals to have a child that is biologically related to both or one of them through a gestational carrier, also known as a surrogate.

If you’re considering surrogacy or growing your family, continue reading to get more information, or contact a surrogacy specialist today.

What is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy is the process of another person, known as a gestational carrier, carrying and giving birth to the intended parents’ child. The person carrying the child is known as a surrogate or gestational carrier. The process of surrogacy involves a lot of legal and medical processes that a licensed professional known as a surrogacy specialist will be able to guide you through.

With gestational surrogacy, embryos are created in a fertility clinic through a process known as IVF. Usually the intended parents use their own genetic material, but sometimes will need to utilize an egg or sperm donor. During the IVF process, 1-2 embryos are transferred to the gestational carrier’s uterus for her to carry to term. In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate will have no genetic relation to the baby she is carrying.

Why Choose Surrogacy?

There are many reasons why intended parents may choose surrogacy as a way to expand their family. Some of the most common are:

  • Couples who are struggling with infertility

  • Intended parents who don’t wish to pass on a genetic defect or condition to their child

  • Intended mothers who cannot carry a child

  • LGBTQ+ couples who want to have a child genetically linked to them

  • Individuals who want to be parents but don’t want to wait to find a partner

No matter what the reason is for choosing surrogacy, the goal at the center of it all is usually the same: having a child that is genetically theirs. If this is something that’s important to you, surrogacy could be the right choice for you.

What Does it Mean to be an Intended Parent?

Surrogacy is a beautiful and exciting journey towards having the family you’ve always dreamed of. Throughout this journey, you will develop a close bond with your gestational carrier and the surrogacy agency you choose to work with. There will be a lot of twists and turns, but you’ll never be alone. Your surrogacy specialist will be by your side every step of the way for all your surrogacy needs.

When you work with a surrogacy agency like American Surrogacy, you will have access to many resources and services that you wouldn’t have through independent surrogacy. Your surrogacy specialist will manage all the details of your surrogacy and make sure that you have positive and successful surrogacy experience.

How Does Surrogacy Work? [The Surrogacy Process]

If you’ve never looked into surrogacy prior to reading this article, you probably have a lot of questions about how the surrogacy process works.

The surrogacy process can be complex, but that’s where American Surrogacy comes in. Our surrogacy specialists will guide you through the process and make sure you have all the support you need.

The surrogacy process will follow these seven steps:

  • Step 1: Apply to become intended parents

  • Step 2: Complete the screening process

  • Step 3: Find a surrogate

  • Step 4: Begin the legal process

  • Step 5: Complete the medical screening and embryo transfer

  • Step 6: Finalize the legal process

  • Step 7: Bring your baby home

To get more information about the details of the surrogacy process, you can reach out to a surrogacy specialist at any time.

Why Work with American Surrogacy? [5 Benefits]

There are a lot of agencies out there who can help you on your surrogacy journey, but few stand up to the services and support provided by American Surrogacy. Here are just a few of the reasons that American Surrogacy is one of the best agencies you can work with:

  1. Our surrogates are extensively screened. All of our surrogates undergo health, psychological and criminal background screenings to ensure that our intended parents are working with the best surrogates in the country.

  2. We have a diverse network of prospective surrogates. The services and competitive compensation we offer our surrogates brings in prospective surrogates from all over the country.

  3. We maintain a 1:1 ratio. You can talk about how we prioritize low wait times and work hard to maintain to 1:1 surrogate to IP ratio. While other agencies may have dozens or hundreds more IPs than surrogates, we keep our lists balanced to create a better process.

  4. We have a fixed fee structure. The price you see is the price you will pay. You can move forward in your journey with clarity and confidence.

  5. We protect your surrogacy fees. While it’s rare, sometimes things don’t go according to plan. If you decide to stop working with us, your last two agency fee installments will be refundable. And if you decide to resume working with us, your agency fee installment will still be valid.

Start Your Surrogacy Journey Today

Surrogacy is a beautiful journey, and American Surrogacy would be honored to accompany you on this journey. If you want more information about surrogacy or want to begin the process, you can reach out to a surrogacy specialist to get the support you need today.

If you found this article while doing adoption research and are still set on adoption, you can contact one of our adoption specialists here.

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