Becoming a Surrogate Mother: Green Flags in Surrogacy
By Kyla Helwig
If you are interested in becoming a surrogate mother, you may be wondering how you will be able to tell if your specific surrogacy case is going well or not. The gestational surrogacy process is anything but simple. Understanding what to look for to ensure success along the way will help reassure you as a surrogate mother. Green flags in gestational surrogacy are things that both the surrogacy agency and intended parents are doing that you should look out for that you can use to gauge how prepared you are going into each new step of the process.
1. Drafting a Clear Contract With the Intended Parents
One of the main steps of the surrogacy process is drafting a surrogacy contract with the intended parents. All the details of the surrogacy will be outlined before you begin the process. Having a clear contract is essential to having an unproblematic surrogacy experience. If there are still things that are unclear in the agreement before you begin, you may run into conflicts. Working with your surrogacy agency will help you figure out what needs to be included in your surrogacy contract.
2. Open Communication With the Intended Parents
Communication is an essential aspect of any relationship. Therefore, maintaining open communication with the intended parents throughout the surrogacy process will be vital for success. For example, if you are matched with intended parents who are willing to discuss all of their specific expectations. In that case, this is a sign that they aren’t hiding anything and genuinely want the process to work out. Additionally, listening to your requests and answering your questions will show you that they care about meeting your needs.
3. Clearly Defined Compensation for the Surrogate Mother
One of the significant benefits of becoming a surrogate mother is their compensation for their service. The intended parents create a clear outline of the compensation that you will receive and adequately fulfill your needs throughout the process. If the intended parents outline the details of the process, it is an excellent sign! In other words, you are dealing with intended parents that will commit to the process.
4. Specific Requirements Outlined by the Surrogacy Agency
When you are applying to be a surrogate mother, you will have to fulfill a list of requirements. If the agency you are working with doesn’t clearly list the criteria they want you to meet or list the screenings that they will make you undergo, this may cause issues in the future. However, suppose you work with an agency like Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma.
How Do I Begin the Surrogacy Process?
The first step to becoming a surrogate is to ensure that you are eligible. If you fulfill the initial requirements, you can apply to become a surrogate mother. After completing all the screenings, and you make it through, it’s time to begin the matching process and start the official surrogacy process. If you have any more questions about surrogacy or want to learn more about it, please reach out to Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma. Our staff is ready to answer any questions you have and assist you in any way they can.
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma is a surrogacy and adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and a leader in the community. We assist both intended parents and gestational carriers (surrogates). We are committed to providing a personalized experience to all involved in the process.