Women agree that before they applied at a surrogacy agency to become a surrogate, they thought about it for quite some time. And that’s the way it should be.
How Surrogates Help Others
Intending parents are unable to have a baby on their own. Reasons may include infertility issues, medical issues, gay couples or single heterosexual men wanting to become fathers. Everyone pursues surrogacy for their own reasons. But they all have one thing in common: Parenthood.
Before Jennifer worked at a surrogacy agency, she worked with a few women who were surrogates. She listened carefully to their experiences and decided it was something she wanted to do.
Jennifer already had her own children, and her pregnancies were a breeze. The idea of helping someone experience the love of a child was her calling.
Both of Jennifer’s intending parents had unsuccessful IVF treatments, and only had one embryo remaining. Jennifer decided to help. She underwent the embryo transfers and delivered babies for her first intending parents in 2016 and her second intending parents in 2017. According to Jennifer, she is considering one more surrogacy journey.
How a Surrogate Helps Their Family
Being a surrogate also benefited Jennifer’s own family. After her first journey, her family was in a better place financially.
“The second time I became a surrogate, we were able to buy our first home,” Jennifer said. “There were specific gains on my end for being a surrogate as well as giving something special in return.”
For Jennifer, carrying and delivering the babies for her intending parents is something she will never forget.
Easy Pregnancies Are a Must for Surrogates
Women who have had easy pregnancies without complications may be eligible to become a surrogate. The reason for using the word “eligible” is because an applicant must go through medical and psychological screenings.
Aside from these screenings, women thinking about becoming surrogates must like being pregnant.
“If you didn’t enjoy it for yourself when you were pregnant, you wouldn’t enjoy doing it for somebody else,” Jennifer said. “My sister didn’t even like being pregnant but wishes she did because of how amazing surrogacy is for everyone involved. Since my sister didn’t enjoy her pregnancies, she can’t even consider being a surrogate.”
Finish Having Your Own Children First
As an admissions care coordinator for surrogate candidates, Jennifer also considers the ages of applicants. If a woman is in her twenties, and she is sure she wants no more children of her own, then she can move forward in the process. On the flipside, if she is unsure about having more children, then she should hold off on becoming a surrogate. Jennifer always advises women to finish building their own families first.