Making a difference in someone’s life doesn’t require you to be brilliant, good looks or wealth. It’s actually a lot simpler. All that’s required is selflessness – a deep desire to help someone else’s dreams come true. If this sounds like you, ask yourself this: Have you ever considered becoming a gestational carrier?
If you answered yes but aren’t sure how to become one, you’ve come to the right place. Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is here to help you get started on your journey by delving further into who a gestational carrier is and how you can become a gestational carrier in Oklahoma. We aim to provide you with all the information you’ll need to help others know the true joy of parenthood. Our agency is equipped with legal representation and compassionate professionals who are ready to offer you support and encouragement throughout your surrogacy journey. Let’s get started!
Who is a Gestational Carrier?
In short, a gestational carrier is a woman who carries and delivers a child for another couple or individual (AKA the intended parent(s)). She has no biological connection to the child. Women who choose to become gestational carriers often:
- Love being pregnant
- Are parenting other children
- Enjoy being parents, but don’t want any additional children of their own
- Have a heart to help others become parents
- Want to help friends and family members overcome infertility issues
This is, of course, a non-exhaustive list. Every woman has her own reason and motivation behind her decision to become a gestational carrier. Yet, the common denominator is a heart-felt want to help others have a family they couldn’t otherwise have.
What are the Requirements to become a Gestational Carrier?
As you’re learning how to become a gestational carrier in Oklahoma, it’s important to research Oklahoma gestational surrogacy laws and consult a surrogacy lawyer with any questions. Exact requirements can vary depending on where you live and which agency you choose, so you’ll want to make sure you have the most accurate details in order to ensure a happy and healthy experience.
At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we have specific requirements that all of our gestational carriers must meet to be considered a good candidate. It is our mission to make sure that any woman who carries a child for the intended parent(s) is able to do so safely and healthily. For this reason, a gestational carrier must fit within the following criteria:
- Be between the ages of 21 and 39
- Have had at least one healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy
- Be actively parenting at least one child
- Be healthy and free of sexually-transmitted diseases
- Cannot smoke or take illegal drugs
- Cannot be alcohol dependent
- Must not be currently on public assistance of any kind
- Be able to pass a background check
- Must reside in the United States
Additional requirements may include, but are not limited to: passing both a physical and psychological evaluation, not having any tattoos or body piercings and not taking any medication that may harm the pregnancy. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your individual circumstances or medical history, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Become a Gestational Carrier in Oklahoma
Do you have the heart to help others? Do you enjoy being pregnant and want to help others grow their families through gestational surrogacy? If this sounds like you, pursuing how to become a gestational carrier in Oklahoma may be an excellent fit for you.
At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we are looking for women who truly want to be selfless and help the intended parent(s) fulfill their dreams of family and parenthood. Our ultimate goal is to make your journey as a gestational carrier as smooth and as memorable as possible. There’s nothing like giving the gift of a child to the intended parent(s) who can’t conceive naturally. What’s more, you may form a life-long relationship with the intended parent(s) and get to know the child post-birth. Every experience is different, but the effects last forever. The smiles and joy on the intended parent(s)’ faces, when they hold their son or daughter for the first time, is a memory you’ll carry with you forever.
Adoption Choices of Oklahoma
Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is a private adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and leader in the adoption community. We have been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive families in Oklahoma for over 19 years. Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized adoption experience to all involved in the adoption process. If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us. You may visit our website here or call 405-794-7500 (Oklahoma City) or 918-982-6220 (Tulsa).
Support Adoption Choices
Adoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.
However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.
About the Author
Ashley Johnson is an Editorial Intern from Pendroy, Montana. She writes a weekly lifestyle blog which includes adoption and surrogacy. Before starting at Adoption Choices, Inc., Ashley worked for six years as a legal clerk for a judge in Montana. She has decided to go back to college to finish her degree in Communications in hopes of pursuing her passion for writing. Ashley is excited to share her experience with adoption as well as being able to bring a rural outlook on adoption and surrogacy.
In her spare time, Ashley enjoys working on her family ranch with her husband and two children, coaching high school basketball and settling in.
“Gestational Carriers – Adoption Choices Of Oklahoma”. Adoption Choices Of Oklahoma, 2020, https://adoptionchoicesofoklahoma.org/gestational-carriers/.