What Disqualifies You from Becoming a Surrogate in Oklahoma?
If you are interested in becoming a surrogate mother in Oklahoma, you have probably begun to do some extensive research on the surrogacy process and your role. There are a lot of surrogate requirements you have to be aware of and adhere to. That’s why Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma wants to make sure you know what is expected of you if you want to become a surrogate mother. If you’re interested in the surrogacy process and want to know if it’s the right path for you, then keep reading to learn more about what can potentially disqualify you.
What Makes You a Good Candidate for Becoming a Surrogate Mother?
If you’re interested in the path of surrogacy, then you have had a previous pregnancy and found it to be a smooth, healthy, and rewarding experience. You might know of someone or a couple having a hard time growing their family, and you have learned you can give back in other ways. You have a giving nature and want to help others in need. For you, becoming a surrogate mother and carrying someone else’s child for them is a choice you are willing to make. This is not an easy decision, and we know how much of a sacrifice it can be. If you enjoyed being pregnant, are willing to give up some of your time to help others, and want to give back, you are a good candidate for OK surrogacy.
What is Gestational Surrogacy?
If you need a refresher on exactly what gestational surrogacy is, then we have you covered. When you choose the route of gestational surrogacy and become a surrogate mother, it means you are willing to carry someone else’s child for them. This child is not biologically related to you. The process is done through in vitro fertilization, where the intended mother’s egg is fertilized in a lab with the intended father’s sperm. The lab transfers the embryos to your uterus through IVF. You will then carry the baby to full term!
The best part is that surrogacy in Oklahoma is legal! This is because it is completely safe, and there are no legal barriers because you have no parental responsibility or claim to the child once you deliver them. That also means there are no tricky emotional hurdles either,
What Are the Surrogacy Requirements?
In order to know what disqualifies you from becoming a surrogate mother, you have to know the surrogacy requirements. If you cannot meet any of these, you will not be able to go through with the surrogacy process. Although these requirements may seem strict, they are in place for you to have a safe and healthy surrogacy pregnancy and protect the wellbeing of the baby you carry. Keep reading to learn more about Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado’s requirements!
Here are some ideas of what could disqualify you:
- If you are not between the ages of 21 to 39. You must be between these ages to protect your emotional and physical wellbeing.
- If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) higher than 31.
- If you use government assistance or are not physically able to get to necessary appointments on your own.
- If you have not had a previous pregnancy.
- Or, you have had a pregnancy, but you suffered from postpartum depression or any complications. You must have had a previous pregnancy that was smooth, healthy, and free of any complications.
- If you have any underlying mental health conditions, or you are currently taking medications to treat any mental health-related issues such as bipolar disorder, depression, or others.
- If you are alcohol, drug dependent, are a smoker or lived with one a year prior to applying.
- If you are living outside of the United States or are not a citizen of the US.
- If you have had blood transfusions or new tattoos or piercings a year prior to applying
- If you have any sexually transmitted diseases.
- If you have a criminal record or are not able to pass a background check
- If you are not able to pass a physical health exam.
You must be able to pass both a background check, physical examination, and psychological exam as well to move forward in the surrogacy process. Again, these requirements are for your benefit as well as the baby you carry. Once you pass these requirements, you are then able to be matched with your intended parents and then move on to the IVF process!
What Else Do You Need to Know?
If you know the surrogacy requirements and are comfortable with them, then you are ready for medical screenings and examinations. Then it’s on becoming matched, the IVF process, and pregnancy!
Along the way, there will be legal documents you will need to sign and be aware of. This means you should have an attorney that can help guide you through the process. But don’t worry, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma can help you with anything you might need. We also offer legal services, referrals, counseling, matching services, and medical services.
The last thing you need to know is that we have your back. We know how complex, emotional, and scary decisions can be. But we also know how rewarding and beautiful it can be to give back to others and to help a family grow. We appreciate you, and we know how brave you are. If you have any questions or concerns about the surrogacy process, then reach out to us! Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is here to help.
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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Meet the Author: Katie Doherty is a junior Writing, Literature, and Publishing major at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She loves to write, read, and edit, whether it’s technical or creative writing. Although she enjoys writing poetry, narrative nonfiction, and fiction writing, she also loves to write on current political events, cultural trends, and research. She spends her free time listening to music, watching the Great British Bake Off, and learning how to crochet.