Pros and Cons of Surrogacy in Oklahoma
Whether you are seeking to expand your family or you want to help a couple or individual have children by acting as their surrogate, you first need to weigh all the pros and cons of OK surrogacy to make sure it’s the best decision for you and your family. Surrogacy offers intended parents the gift of family while providing surrogates with a meaningful experience they can cherish for the rest of their lives. As rewarding as the surrogacy experience can be, some challenges may come up along the way. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma wants you to be as prepared as possible for your surrogacy experience, which is why we are providing various pros and cons of surrogacy for both intended parents and prospective surrogates.
How Intended Parents Benefit from Gestational Surrogacy
As an intended parent, you will be able to fulfill your dream of creating and raising a child. If being biologically related to your child is important to you, then surrogacy will allow you to have that connection with your child. Your baby may have your eyes or your partner’s smile. You will be able to recognize other beloved family members in your child. It’s also more likely that the pregnancy will be successful and that the baby will be healthy than if you were to pursue adoption. This is because surrogate mothers go through a rigorous screening process to ensure they have no health issues or habits that could compromise the pregnancy or the health of the baby.
Additionally, gestational surrogacy guarantees your parental rights over the child throughout the entire surrogacy process. If you were to pursue adoption, you would not have parental rights during the adoption process until the birth mother relinquishes them at least 72 hours after the child is born. Up until she relinquishes her rights, a birth mother can change her mind to keep her baby at any point during the adoption process.
Preparing for Oklahoma Surrogacy Challenges as Intended Parents
Despite how beneficial surrogacy can be for intended parents, you may face some challenges in your journey. Perhaps the biggest challenge you will face is the financial cost of surrogacy. The surrogacy process can easily cost intended parents anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000. This is because intended parents typically cover all medical expenses for the surrogate in addition to their own costs, such as IVF treatments and any legal and professional fees. However, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma can help you find financial resources to make your surrogacy experience more affordable.
It’s also important to acknowledge that the surrogacy process takes a very long time. There are multiple stages of the surrogacy process, each of which can take several months, depending on the circumstances. False starts can cause further delays. For example, you may match with a prospective surrogate who changes her mind before signing the surrogacy contract. It’s also possible that the surrogate undergoes multiple IVF attempts before implantation successfully occurs.
Pros of Oklahoma Surrogacy for Gestational Surrogates
As a surrogate, you have a profound impact on the lives of the intended parents. You are making it possible for them to have the family they have been longing for. In doing so, you are setting the foundation for a beautiful relationship with the intended parents that can last a lifetime. Furthermore, you can go through the entire surrogacy process without having to worry about affording it as a gestational surrogate. Typically, intended parents cover the surrogate’s expenses – i.e. surrogate compensation – so that she can focus on her staying healthy during the pregnancy instead of worrying about medical bills.
Cons of Surrogacy that Surrogates Might Face
Being a gestational surrogate is a huge time commitment that should not be taken lightly. Before you begin the pregnancy, you will need to take time to undergo a rigorous physical and mental screening process, meet with the intended parents, and go through any necessary legal and medical procedures. Additionally, even though you will complete a thorough medical and mental evaluation, there is still a small risk of physical or mental health complications arising during or immediately after your pregnancy. Suppose at any point during your surrogacy journey you start facing these or other challenges. In that case, you can always rely on Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma to help you get through it.
How Will You Weigh the Pros and Cons of Surrogacy in Oklahoma?
Weighing the pros and cons of surrogacy plays a major part in making an informed decision. Ultimately, you decide how much weight to assign each benefit and challenge of going through gestational surrogacy. The more thorough you are in your cost-benefit analysis, the more confident you will be in your final decision, both in the short run and long run. To better understand the surrogacy process so you can make the best decision, reach out to Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma today!
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma is a surrogacy and adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and leader in the community. You can learn more about our surrogacy center on our surrogate website. 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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Meet the Author: Mary DeStefano is an Ohio native currently living in northern Virginia and works in the litigation consulting industry, where she has experience in antitrust, product liability, and mass torts matters. She holds a B.A. in Economics (‘15) and an M.A. in Applied Economics (‘16) from the University of Cincinnati.
Mary finds great meaning in wielding the written word to develop impactful narratives and to help people stay informed. In her spare time, Mary can be found beachcombing and going on other adventures with her dog along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. She also has an affinity for antiquing and loves a good 80’s movie marathon.