Are you considering becoming a surrogate mother?
It's a big decision. And not without its challenges.
But it's also one of the most rewarding experiences a woman can have.
There are so many reasons to make this life-changing decision and you surely have your own.
If you're still trying to decide if it's right for you though, we've got five more reasons you may not have considered.
1. Everyone Deserves a Family
One of the primary reasons you often hear for becoming a surrogate is how you'd be helping women who can't, for whatever reason, carry a child. And that's certainly a great reason to do it.
But women aren’t the only ones who wish to be parents. Plenty of single men have the love and the means to be a parent but haven't found the right partner yet. Surrogacy allows for them to have a child of their own.
The same applies to homosexual couples who wish to become parents. The only possibility of their having a child that is biologically related to one of them is through surrogacy.
2. Be a Part of a Community
Aside from the connections you make with the family, you'll be helping (and, depending on the situation, even becoming a part of) you'll also create lasting friendships with other surrogates.
The surrogacy experience is like no other and in becoming a surrogate, you become part of a community and get tremendous support from other women who have made this amazing life choice.
That's a bond that's tough to break.
3. Excellent Medical Care
You'll need to pass the surrogacy screening through whichever fertility specialists the parents choose. And this varies from state to state.
For instance, the requirements on how to become a surrogate mother in California will be different from how to become one in Iowa.
But once it's determined that you’re healthy and strong enough to carry the baby to term and the embryo is implanted in your uterus, the parents will pay for you to receive top-of-the-line medical care to ensure that both the baby and you are healthy.
4. Gain a New Perspective
We aren't going to sugarcoat it. Any highly rewarding venture will have its challenges.
But with challenges come strength, determination, and growth. Becoming a surrogate requires you to see the world from a different perspective.
You’ll have a deeper understanding of the different challenges each person faces in life and will come out with more awareness and acceptance of those who face these challenges.
5. Generous Compensation
Financial compensation is rarely the first reason women choose to become surrogates.
And in some cases, surrogacy for a friend or family member may simply be a gift of love.
But in the instances where financial compensation is involved, it can be quite generous. Parents are happy to pay for this service. And working through an agency can garner the equivalent of a year's salary.
This is especially helpful if you're currently raising your own family and would like to spend more time with them while simultaneously helping to create another family.
Are You Ready to Become a Surrogate?
Obviously, becoming a surrogate mother is a huge decision. And not one to be taken lightly.
We're confident that whatever choice you make, it will be the right one for you.
In the meantime, keep checking back with our blog for more great tips, advice, and inspiration on living your best life.