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What are the Legal and Medical Requirements for Intended Parents? 

When it comes to the surrogacy process, surrogate mothers have to fulfill a set of legal and medical requirements to carry a child for the intended parents. However, if you are a surrogate mother, you may be wondering what requirements the intended parents have to fulfill before they are matched with you. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma requires intended parents to fulfill a list of qualifications before continuing with the surrogacy process to ensure a safe home for their child once they are born. Each surrogate mother will be treated exceptionally throughout the process. 

Medical Requirements for Intended Parents

Although intended parents don’t have to be as physically healthy as potential surrogate mothers, there are still some requirements that they have to fulfill. The main medical qualification that they must meet is a psychological evaluation. If the intended parents have significant mental health issues and are unfit to house a child, they will not be able to continue with the OK surrogacy process. In many cases, intended parents go to a fertility clinic to create an embryo using the intended mother’s egg and the intended father’s sperm. However, the ability to do this is not a requirement for intended parents approaching Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma. There is always the option to use sperm, egg, or both from a donor if the intended parents are unable to have children of their own. However, as the surrogate mother, you will not use your egg in the gestational surrogacy process. Instead, you will be impregnated through a process called In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), which means an embryo will be transferred into your uterus. Be sure to talk to your medical practitioner or surrogacy specialist for more information about the medical requirements in the surrogacy process. 

Legal Requirements for Intended Parents

In order to continue with the surrogacy process, intended parents will be required to undergo a background check and home inspection to ensure that their living situation is adequate to house a child. In the background check, if there is any history of criminal activity uncovered, they will not be able to move forward with the surrogacy process. Additionally, if the home inspection reveals that their home is unfit for parenting, they will be disqualified from continuing with the surrogacy process. Next, the intended parents will collaborate with the surrogate mother to create a legal agreement to determine specific details about the specific surrogacy situation. In this agreement, the compensation that the surrogate mother will receive is determined, any special requests that the intended parents have for the surrogate mother will be outlined, and details about the surrender of the child after birth will be sorted out. Once both parties have signed this agreement, the surrogacy process will commence. Be sure to talk to your legal adviser or surrogacy specialist for more information about the legal requirements in the surrogacy process. 

Intended Parents and the Treatment of the Surrogate Mother

In addition to these medical and legal requirements, intended parents will be required to treat the surrogate mother they are matched within a respectful way. They need to be aware of how gestational surrogacy works and understand how much time and effort the surrogate mother is committing to provide them with a family. Additionally, if the intended parents are not timely with their paperwork and delay the whole process consistently, they will not be able to move forward with the process. As the surrogate mother, you should receive respect and care throughout the process. The screening requirements that Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma has in place will ensure that the intended parents provide for you and express their gratitude for you. 

How Do I Get Started with Surrogacy?

If you are wondering how to become a surrogate mother, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma is ready to guide you through the process. Understanding the intended parents’ requirements is a great way to learn more about gestational surrogacy and understand what is happening on both sides of the process. If you are healthy and physically able to hold a child, reach out to Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma, and we will answer your questions and help you get started on your application. 

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). Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized experience to all involved in the surrogacy process.
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KylaMeet the author: Kyla’s life has been filled with adventure and transition – both good and difficult. She loves to take on challenges head-on and lead an organized and balanced life. She’s passionate about many different areas and loves how writing gives her the flexibility to engage in research of almost every field of study imaginable. She grew up very involved in theater and music and continues to use her free time to play the piano and sing. However, she is also very interested in how the natural world works and takes any chance she has to spend the day away from crowds, enveloped in the seclusion of nature. Growing up in the Philippines, she’s had some unique experiences that have shaped her worldview and given her a deeper understanding and appreciation for different cultures. She gets excited about research papers, completed to-do lists, and her morning coffee.

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