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What is the Difference between Gestational Surrogacy and Adoption?

So, you are an intended parent and you’re not sure how to go about having your first child. Firstly, it is important to know that you are not alone. Many first-time intended parents have questions, and we’re honored that you chose Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma to find your answers. If you are interested in our adoption and surrogacy agency, then you have two choices: you can adopt a child or you can hire a gestational surrogate.

Our adoption and surrogacy agency in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma hosts both services and provides unparalleled care to the intended families, birth parents, and gestational surrogates. We take pride in our dedication to pairing up adoptive and intended families with the birth mother or surrogate best for them.

What is Gestational Surrogacy?

Gestational surrogacy is a new technique that uses in vitro fertilization (IVF). It takes the sperm and egg from the intended parents and inserts them into the uterus of the gestational surrogate. Gestational surrogacy is perfect for intended parents who would like to have a biological resemblance to their child, but may be unable to carry a child for any reason.

With our adoption and surrogacy agency, we ensure that each surrogate and each intended family is ready for this journey. We require our surrogates to be free of any pregnancy harming substance for at least three months prior to and during pregnancy. We make sure that our surrogates are mentally and physically healthy in order to carry a child full term. To ensure that each surrogate is physically able to carry a child, we require that each applicant be between the ages of 21 and 39, have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18-31, and have had at least one healthy pregnancy. We assess our candidate’s mental health through a psychological evaluation and background check. We assure you that our surrogates are the most qualified to help you bring your child into the world.

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What is Adoption?

Adoption is the act of obtaining legal rights to host and take care of a child that may or may not be of genetic relation to the adoptive parent(s). Adoption is perfect for adoptive parents who would love to raise a child, but may be unable to carry for whatever reason.

With our adoption and surrogacy agency, we ensure that each child is matched with a loving family who will be financially and emotionally ready to receive that child. We take your desire to raise a child very seriously and work hard with both the birth mother and adoptive parents to find the right home for the child. We ensure the child’s happiness in the home through several home studies, in which we visit the home of the adoptive family. For more information on what happens during the home study, click here.

Another neat service that Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma provides is our Waiting Families directory. This page has a plethora of profiles with other prospective families who are also looking to adopt, and helps the birth mother get to know more about their child’s potential new home. It also creates a community of adoptive parents who all have a similar goal. It is important during this time to know that you are not alone and that our adoption and surrogacy agency has the tools to connect you with other families of a comparable circumstance.

See here for more information on adoption.

Key Differences between Gestational Surrogacy and Adoption 

Here are some of the key differences between gestational surrogacy and adoption:

Gestational SurrogacyAdoption
Surrogacy follows the gestational carrier from fertilization to birth.Adoption usually happens after the child is born.
Surrogates have no genetic relation to the child.Birth mothers are assigned to an adoption caseworker to help support her throughout the entire process.
The intended family is financially responsible for the surrogate’s expenses related to surrogacy.Birth mothers may qualify for financial assistance, depending on their circumstances
Surrogates usually do not keep in touch after the surrogacy process is complete.Birth mothers have the option of keeping an open line of communication with the child and their adoptive family.

As previously stated, although both adoption and gestational surrogacy provide families with children, there are some differences. One key difference is the child will not have a genetic relationship with the surrogate should the family go with a gestational surrogacy. Another key difference is through adoption the intended family is not responsible for the carriers expenses related to the pregnancy. All of these differences are important to note when deciding how you would like to add to your family.

Which Option is Better: Gestational Surrogacy or Adoption?

When it comes to the desire to have children, no one can tell you which option is the best choice for you but you. You must look into your heart and decide which option will be the best for your family dynamic. Fortunately, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma offers both services. Whichever route you choose, our adoption and surrogacy agency will be with you every step of the way.

Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is a private adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and leader in the adoption community. We have been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive families in Oklahoma for over 19 years. Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized adoption experience to all involved in the adoption process.  If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
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Meet the Author: Chantel Wilson is an energetic recent college graduate with a background in Psychology. She is an avid reader and author in the making with a focus on fiction novels and poetry. The highlight of her writing career would have to be getting published in her school’s newspaper. A city girl at heart, Chantel’s writing often contains a sort of feistiness to complement some of its more gentle topics.

Unafraid and unabashedly, she tackles difficult issues such as race relations and mental health with a poetic touch.

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