What Are the Requirements to Become a Surrogate Mother in Oklahoma?
Gestational surrogacy is when a woman carries and delivers a baby for someone else. The woman carrying the child is the gestational surrogate or the surrogate mother, and the person (or people) who will raise the child is (are) the intended parent(s). You’ve seen people in your life struggle with infertility, and you feel the urge to alleviate their pain by becoming a surrogate mother. You’re confident this is something you want to do, but you don’t know where to start. How do I apply to become a surrogate? Where do I go to apply? What should I do before applying? Is becoming a surrogate in the state of Oklahoma easy or difficult? Are there any requirements for becoming a surrogate? If so, what are those requirements, and why are they in place? Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma is here to provide the answers to all your questions. We’re here to help you prepare for the surrogacy process. We’re here to educate you so you can determine: 1) if this is something you really want to do, and 2) if you’re a suitable candidate for the role.
Why are there requirements for becoming a surrogate mother?
Surrogacy agencies, like Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma want to increase the likelihood of surrogacy being successful. They want to avoid miscarriages and failed embryo transfers by making sure the women who apply to become surrogates are young, healthy, and fertile. The surrogacy process is long and complicated, so it wouldn’t be fair to the intended parents if the surrogates aren’t in prime condition.
Surrogacy agencies also want to make sure women have the right mindset going into surrogacy. They want women to understand what happens during the surrogacy process. They want to make sure women can go through the physical, mental, and emotional challenges that come with being a surrogate mother. For example, do women understand and accept that they can’t take the babies home with them?
Surrogacy agencies also want to make sure women are applying for the right reasons. They want to make sure the women have good intentions, and they want to make sure the women aren’t being forced to become surrogates.
What Are The Requirements To Become a Surrogate Mother in Oklahoma?
Among other things, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma considers a woman’s physical and mental wellbeing before choosing to make her a surrogate. Here are some of the requirements for becoming a surrogacy. Take the time to review them before submitting your surrogate mother application.
- Physical Requirements
Candidates should be between the ages of 21 and 39. Preferably, they have given birth before, and their previous pregnancies were relatively easy with no complications. Candidates who have a sexually transmitted disease will not be considered for the surrogacy role. If a woman recently got a tattoo, a piercing, or a blood transfusion, she’ll have to wait a full year before applying. If a woman is a smoker, she should stop smoking a year before submitting her surrogacy application. If she is selected to become a surrogate, she won’t be allowed to smoke until after giving birth. She’ll also need to avoid medications that may harm a developing baby.
- Mental and Emotional Requirements
While there’s nothing wrong with accepting payment from the intended parents, women shouldn’t become surrogates solely for the money. They shouldn’t go in thinking they can make a living off of surrogacy. Candidates should genuinely want to help others have children. It’s important that candidates consider the emotional toll surrogacy may have on them. Before applying, they should determine if they can go through the surrogacy process without getting emotionally attached to the child involved.
- Other Requirements
Candidates must pass a background check before becoming surrogates. They should be self-reliant; they should be able to take care of themselves during pregnancy. Women who rely on public assistance won’t be considered for the surrogacy role. Having a strong support system at home is a plus. A positive home environment will benefit both the surrogate and the baby. If you want to work with Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma specifically, you must live in the United States.
Do You Fit The Requirements For Becoming A Surrogate In Oklahoma?
If you meet all the necessary requirements, you might be a good fit for the surrogacy position. If you meet all the physical requirements but are unsure about the mental and emotional requirements, take the time to think everything over. Ask yourself the important questions before taking the first step, before submitting your application.
If you have any additional questions about the application process or the surrogacy process itself, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Oklahoma is a surrogacy and adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and 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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