With the passing of the new state law, women in Washington are now able to serve as surrogates for compensation, as they can in many other states. If you are considering becoming a gestational surrogate, you now have options. What you may not know is you are not limited to working with an agency within Washington State. You are free to find the agency which is the best for you.
Since gestational surrogacy is new to Washington state, you may be more comfortable working with a more established out-of-state agency. Here’s how you can do your due diligence before embarking on one of the most rewarding journeys of your life.
Do They Have a Record of Success?
Start with what you can learn from their website. How long have they been in business? How many successful surrogacy journeys have they had? Do they have plenty of testimonials? Look also for glowing online reviews from surrogates or intended parents.
Ask for names of gestational surrogates who have worked with them before and call or email them to ask what their experience was like.
Will they openly answer your questions?
This is all new to you. You’ll have a lot of questions. The kind of agency you want to work with will understand your concerns and be happy to answer any questions you may have to put your mind at ease regarding the entire process.
How do they treat you?
Do you feel like a nuisance when you are talking to them, or part of the family? You should feel appreciated and understood. Ideally, the agency you work with will have women on staff who have also been surrogates and can tell you what it’s really like.
What is their communication style?
Are you comfortable with how they speak to you? How do they describe the kind of relationship you can expect to have with the intended parents? Can they tell you what to expect as far as meeting and forming a relationship with them?
Where are they located?
If you choose to work with a non-local agency, it’s important to choose a place where you will be comfortable. Consider which medical facilities you will want to use. Your agency can help you and your intended parents agree on where any medical procedures will take place. Be sure your contract includes reimbursement for any travel expenses.
Gestational surrogacy is a special experience. Selecting the right surrogacy agency can make all the difference. If you are looking for additional information on becoming a gestational surrogate, please contact us at Surrogate Solutions today!