How Does Gestational Surrogacy Work in Oklahoma?
Surrogacy is a common umbrella term used to describe a woman carrying a child for another couple. There are two different types of surrogacy, and the difference between them is a big one. Are you considering becoming a surrogate mother? Or want to know more information about what it entails and how does gestational surrogacy work. Feel free to contact us at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma for more information. We’d love to walk you through the process and answer any questions you have. We’re always looking for more women who want to become surrogate mothesr!
Surrogacy and Gestational Carrying
What is often referred to as gestational carrying or gestational surrogacy is when the egg and sperm are taken from the parents or donated from fertility banks. The egg is fertilized in a lab, and then the embryo or embryos are inserted into your uterus. This hopefully leads to a pregnancy which is why some couples implant multiple embryos in order to heighten the chance of pregnancy.
Why Couples Use Gestational Surrogate Mothers
There are plenty of women who still have viable eggs but cannot carry a child to full term or at all. For example, women who have had hysterectomies can still have viable eggs for various reasons. In addition, gestational surrogate mothers offer a way for the baby to grow healthily while still having the intended mother’s DNA or, in some cases, the egg donor’s DNA.
Sadly, women can have multiple miscarriages for unknown reasons. Having just one miscarriage can be traumatic, but their history often points to a uterus being inhospitable to a growing fetus. Therefore, using a gestational carrier is the next best option. Unfortunately, implantation issues can arise, too, leading to a woman’s inability to get pregnant despite having healthy eggs.
Pregnancy can be life-threatening for some women. A woman who suffered severe health problems during a prior pregnancy may decide using a gestational surrogate is the best choice in order to protect herself and her unborn child.
Gestational Surrogacy Process
All surrogate mothers go through the initial application and screening process. Your medical history will be needed, and you will also undergo psychological tests. After your background check and all other tests are processed, you will either be given the green light or denied by the agency.
If your application gets approved, you will be matched with awaiting parents. There are specific criteria that some awaiting families require for their surrogates. For example, they can request that you follow specific diets, send updates, or change your lifestyle. However, you will have to agree to this first. If you don’t want a couple with such heavy restrictions, talk to your surrogate professional. This way, everyone is happy, and you will be matched with parents that fit you.
When you are chosen by awaiting parents, the medical processes will start. You may have to travel, paid by the agency, of course, to the parents’ chosen fertility clinic. There you will be given medical tests to ensure you are in top shape to be implanted with the embryo or embryos. The parents may ask you to take a pregnancy test after a certain amount of time or allow you to take one when you feel any symptoms.
If a pregnancy is not reached, you may be flown out to go through another round of IVF. Depending on what the parents want or are able to do, this may be repeated until you get pregnant.
Once a pregnancy is reached, you’ll keep in contact with the awaiting parents, go about life, and carry someone else’s miracle in your belly!
Awaiting Parental Involvement
All families are different. Some awaiting parents want to be heavily involved with a lot of contacts while others are more relaxed. Their expectations will be talked about prior to any contract signing. For example, parents may want to come to doctor’s appointments, request extra sonograms, or throw a baby shower with you present. It all comes down to what you’re comfortable with. Of course, this will all be discussed before your surrogate professional begin matching you with awaiting parents.
We’d love to give you a lot more information if you’re looking into becoming a gestational carrier! Email us, call us, or check out our website, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma, for more information. Gestational surrogacy helps out so many families all over the United States. If you’re interested, let us know!
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma is an OK 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). Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized experience to all involved in the surrogacy process.
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