Making that big decision to use surrogacy as a route to building a family can be an exciting, but often complicated process.
For couples struggling with infertility or other medical conditions, couples in same sex male relationships, or transgender individuals who cannot carry a child themselves, surrogacy is a solution many people choose as the right option for their fertility journey.
Choosing a surrogate, known as a gestational carrier , can be done personally by a couple, or through a surrogacy agency.
If a couple personally chooses someone they know to be their gestational carrier, they must work with their fertility doctor to set up proper health screenings, extensive mental health counseling and support, and find an impartial lawyer to write up thorough legal contracts ensuring any and all parental rights the gestational carrier might claim are surrendered.
Each step is critical when determining if a gestational carrier is the right fit for a couple. Due to the very personal nature of pregnancy, not all gestational carriers are able to accurately predict how they might feel once they give birth and part with the baby.