Becoming a Surrogate Mother
Becoming a Surrogate Mother
The Surrogacy Experience is committed to providing you with the information and support needed to explore the facts and commitments involved in becoming a Surrogate Mother. We recommend seeking experienced advice during the decision making process, whether it be from a professional, a former Gestational Carrier or an Intended Parent who has gone through this process. It is beneficial to engage in open dialogue with your loved ones about their views and feelings regarding surrogacy. Numerous resources exist, including our agency, to help carriers understand all facets of the process. Often, you will not know anyone who has personally experienced surrogacy. Please do not hesitate to contact us as we welcome the opportunity to answer your questions or put you in contact with other Surrogate Mothers, who like you, were looking for information.
What is Surrogacy?
There are two types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational. Traditional Surrogacy occurs when a woman carries a child conceived from her own egg with the intention of granting parental rights over the child to another party following birth. Donor sperm may be used; however the Surrogate Mother, in a traditional surrogacy arrangement, is genetically related to the child.
In Gestational Surrogacy, a woman carries a child conceived from an embryo that is not her own. A Gestational Surrogate is commonly referred to as a Surrogate Mother, Gestational Carrier or Carrier, and has no genetic relationship to the child she is pregnant with. Eggs are extracted from the Intended Mother or egg donor and fertilized with sperm from the Intended Father or sperm donor. The embryos are then transferred into the uterus of the Gestational Carrier.
Gestational surrogacy offers several advantages for Intended Parents. It often involves at least one genetic relationship to the child, and the laws governing gestational surrogacy, though varied by state, allow for a more straightforward process to establish parental rights. Gestational surrogacy also offers several advantages for Surrogate Mothers (both emotionally and financially). However, gestational surrogacy remains a complex process, often involving a wide range of medical, emotional, psychological and ethical considerations. Understanding the full scope of the process is the first step toward making the decision that is best for you.
How to Begin
At The Surrogacy Experience (TSE), we manage only Gestational Surrogacy arrangements. Our mission is to be an impartial resource of knowledge and experience as you explore the possibility and complexity of the entire process. Our goal is to help you discover the best decision for you after considering the facts, the commitments and potential impacts.
We encourage potential Surrogates to contact us early in the decision making process so we can answer any questions and provide objective support. Understanding the physical, psychological and emotional wellness requirements will help you make a confident decision.
Once accepted into the TSE's Surrogate Mother program, we are a true partner. We work closely with you to find the right match and to support you through the entire process (pregnancy, birth and post-birth). At no point are your needs overlooked. Our surrogate-focused approach helps to create the strong personal relationships that make the surrogacy journey a positive experience for all involved.
The Core Essentials of Surrogacy
Understanding if becoming a Surrogate Mother is right for you begins with knowledge and education. Understanding the process and your commitment is key. In this process reference guide, you'll learn more about topics such as: