Your surrogacy journey is a rewarding, but emotional time. Keeping in mind a few best practices can ensure that it is a wonderful experience for everyone involved from first contact to the birth of a healthy baby and beyond.
Here are a few points to remember:
Choose the right agency. Whether you are an intended parent or a gestational surrogate, it’s critical to work with an agency that will manage all the details and look out for your best interests. You have plenty to think about throughout the process. Working with an agency you can trust is your key to an enjoyable surrogacy journey.
Good match is most important. The most critical part of making gestational surrogacy a good experience is a commitment to a great match between the IPs and the surrogate. The agency should make every effort to get to know both parties in depth to create the best possible match. The surrogate and the IPs should be honest about how comfortable they are with the match before they get far into the process.
Communication is a must. Keeping in close touch is critical. There should be open, honest communication between all parties. Decide how much interaction the surrogate and intended parents expect. There should also be open communication with the agency and any medical personnel involved. The surrogacy agency should be receptive to answering any questions you have throughout the process.
Flexibility can reduce stress. Many aspects of the surrogacy process are unpredictable. Transfers fail, surrogates require bed rest, babies come early. Understanding what you can control – and what you can’t – will reduce your stress and make the journey better for everyone. Agencies need to be flexible enough to allow the surrogate and IPs the latitude to forge a good relationship that satisfies them both.
Do your research. Due diligence is key to a good surrogacy experience. Choose a reliable agency and ask them plenty of questions. Learn everything you can about what the experience will be like whether you are a surrogate or intended parent. The more informed you are, the more comfortable you will be.
Choose a supportive agency. You should be able to reach out to your agency for support anytime. Good agencies want both surrogates and IPs to have a wonderful, rewarding experience. At Surrogate Solutions we guide surrogates and intended parents through the entire surrogacy process. If you have concerns or questions, no matter how silly or small they may seem, we want to help.
To learn more about beginning your surrogacy journey and taking every step you can to make it a good experience, contact the experts at Surrogate Solutions. Gayle and her staff can walk you through every step of the process and help you to make decisions that are right for you and your family. We look forward to hearing from you!