When it comes to surrogacy, it is of utmost importance to have a great match between the Surrogate and Intended Parents. Because of the intimate and sensitive nature of surrogacy, it is critical for both parties to share the same values, preferences, and expectations for their surrogacy journey. When you choose to work with an experienced and caring surrogacy agency like Surrogate Solutions, finding your perfect match is much easier than you may think; however, location is one factor that is not always ideal. What do you do when your perfect surrogate resides a few hours away or even in a different state?
Surrogates and Intended Parents living across state lines is actually very common. Although it may not be the perfect arrangement, it is very doable and in most cases, a surprisingly smooth experience. With that said, whenever different state residencies are involved, it is important to be aware of several potential concerns. If you are looking to match with a Surrogate across state lines, consider the following key points:
- Laws. Surrogacy laws do vary state to state, so it is vital to be aware of these laws, both in your own state, as well as the state where your Surrogate resides. While these laws can be tricky to keep up with and sometimes confusing to understand, your surrogacy agency will be able to partner you with a surrogacy attorney who specializes in state laws surrounding surrogacy so you can be sure you are on the right track together.
- Convenience. Depending on the level of comfort and expectations, Intended Parents will sometimes want to attend doctor appointments with the Surrogate or even meet for lunch occasionally to get to know one another. When Intended Parents and Surrogates are looking for this kind of relationship but do not live in close proximity to each other, it may require some thinking outside of the box to come to an alternative method for bonding.
- Planning. Although planning is a big part of surrogacy, it becomes even more important when your Surrogate lives out of state. Since you won’t be able to commute between your home and the hospital, you will need to make sure your travel plans are set for when the baby is born, including hotel arrangements, plane tickets or rental vehicles, if necessary, and sufficient time off from work.
Although a long distance surrogacy can present a unique set of challenges, it is oftentimes the only option for many Intended Parents. Surrogate Solutions has many years of experience working with Surrogates and Intended Parents across state lines and has all the resources and advice available to ensure your surrogacy journey is a smooth and happy one. If you are looking to speak with someone directly about gestational surrogacy across state lines, do not hesitate to contact the caring surrogacy experts at Surrogate Solutions today!