Gestational Surrogacy during the Coronavirus (Is Now a Good Time?)
Couples and individuals across the country struggle with infertility. Many have spent years trying to start a family. After doing research and consulting with experts, they see gestational surrogacy as the solution to their problem. These intended parents, eager to start their surrogacy journey, may see COVID-19 as a new barrier preventing them from achieving their goal.
The coronavirus has changed the way we live our lives. Many are afraid to leave their homes or be around other people. As a result, intended parents and surrogate mothers have a lot of questions. How has the coronavirus affected pregnancy and surrogacy? Should our gestational surrogacy plans be put on hold? Should we pursue gestational surrogacy during the coronavirus?
Finances for Gestational Surrogacy during COVID-19
The coronavirus has had a devastating impact on people’s livelihoods. Many have lost their jobs and are trying to save their finances for essential errands like grocery shopping. Even those who were fortunate enough to stay employed are hesitant to spend their money. Depending on your financial situation, now may or may not be a good time to commit to gestational surrogacy.
Gestational surrogacy isn’t cheap. The intended parents have to cover the in vitro fertilization (IVF), and they have to cover the surrogate’s prenatal care costs. If the intended parents have been saving up since before the pandemic, they should be able to afford the surrogacy process.
Health and Safety for Gestational Surrogacy during COVID-19
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma is open to the public, and we are determined to keep our intended parents and surrogate mothers safe. We are currently following the CDC’s coronavirus guidelines. Employees and guests are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. We understand that many are afraid to leave the house, so we’re providing ways for people to meet virtually.
If you feel comfortable enough to come in, remember to bring a mask. It’s also a good idea to have a small bottle of hand sanitizer. However, if you would rather not wear a mask and meet in person, that is an option too.
Impact on Surrogate Mothers and Pregnancy in Gestational Surrogacy during COVID-19
Research suggests that pregnant women are more likely to develop respiratory complications because of the coronavirus. Pregnant women with underlying health conditions are also at higher risk. Pregnant women with the virus are more likely to have a premature birth or a C-section.
We encourage surrogate mothers to take precautions. Avoid people who may be sick, and wash your hands regularly. If you are experiencing symptoms and believe you caught the virus, self-isolate and contact your doctor.
Will You Choose Gestational Surrogacy during the Coronavirus?
The entire world has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Now is a time of fear and uncertainty. While Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma is open, we can’t force you to come in and seek our services. You’ll have to consider your options: put your surrogacy journey on hold, or continue your surrogacy journey. If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact us. We know it’s a lot to think through, and we’re here to help you make the best decision for yourself.
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma is a surrogacy and adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and leader in the community. We assist both intended parents and gestational carriers (surrogates). Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized experience to all involved in the surrogacy process.
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