Gestational surrogacy has provided another option to couples and individuals who are unable to build a family. Advancements in third-party reproduction affords people with the opportunity to have their own baby.
The women who step forward to make this happen for others are known as gestational surrogates. When they have completed having their children, they come to a compassionate crossroads in their lives and decide to help those in need.
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, infertility impacts both men and women. It’s estimated that over 6.5 million women in the United States who are in their reproductive years are unable to have a child.
Those who want to become surrogates help these women become mothers, and in some cases, egg donors are also needed. Women who have encountered countless failed fertility treatments are wrought with emotional exhaustion and despair.
In the LGBT community, men who want to become fathers have come to rely on surrogates and egg donors to fulfill their unwavering desire to become parents.
Gestational surrogates are known for having easy pregnancies and a healthy uterus. They have no biological link to the baby they will be carrying and delivering for their intended parent(s).
While a surrogate’s motivation is kindhearted at the core, on a financial level, a highly regarded surrogacy agency can offer a benefit package beginning at $40,000. Surrogates are providing such a profound gift they should be reimbursed and exceptionally cared for because not everyone can meet the qualifications to become a surrogate.
But for those who are qualified, the experience is life changing. And Liz Evans, a first time surrogate with Extraordinary Conceptions, agrees with this.
“My surrogacy journey changed my life in so many ways. I am confident that this journey was something I was meant to do. So many important elements played into it being such a great success,” Evans said. “I absolutely believe it would not have been what it was without the immense support and guidance from my agency, along with many other supporting people in my life.”
Another aspect which made the surrogacy journey so special for Evans was the relationship she developed with her international intended mother.
“My match with my intended mother was truly one in a million, and we have a friendship I will cherish forever,” she said. Evans added, “This journey has become a very momentous chapter of my life and I can’t wait to embark on another one.”
It’s no surprise that surrogates are overjoyed with their accomplishments knowing they have made a difference in someone’s life forever.