Surrogate motherhood is not without controversy, with people having strong beliefs on both sides of the issue. There are benefits of choosing surrogacy, and it fits the personal style of many women. If you fit the criteria for becoming a surrogate mother, you might explore the positive aspects of surrogacy.
Helping others can be a powerful motivator for a woman considering surrogacy. Struggling and suffering with infertility can be devastating for many couples. Other nontraditional couples require outside assistance to realize dreams of parenthood. As a surrogate, you will likely have the opportunity to choose the parents you wish to assist, which enables you to focus your selection on parents who share a similar outlook with you. The surrogacy process can lead to strong feelings of personal satisfaction, feeling like you are making a dramatic impact and doing something special, according to the Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc.
Surrogacy usually involves sharing your pregnancy with the intended parents, as they typically have a desire for involvement. The relationship you forge with the intended parents is likely to be strong and enduring, possibly even after the birth of the baby. The parents will have an intense gratitude toward you for the gift you have given them serving as their surrogate. Some families choose to continue this emotional connection and others prefer to discontinue it -- but the gratitude will live on either way.
The time immediately before, during and immediately after the pregnancy will afford you with comprehensive health care at no expense to you. If you have struggled to provide health care for yourself, you will have complete coverage without worries during this time. You will also receive extensive health tests prior to pregnancy to verify your health for the surrogacy. In vitro fertilization surrogacy involves inseminating the surrogate with the eggs and sperm of an infertile couple. Prior to proceeding with this form of surrogacy, the surrogate must undergo a screening process that includes cervical cultures, blood tests and a hysteroscopy -- a uterine evaluation to ensure that implantation can occur -- according to the Northern California Fertility Medical Center.
Surrogacy generally has significant financial benefits that surpass just the value of the health care you receive. The intended parents pay a surrogate for the service of pregnancy and delivery. The compensation depends on your geographical location and whether you proceed with a private surrogacy or you use a surrogacy agency. For example, surrogacy through Circle Surrogacy pays up to $45,000, as of 2013.