As surrogacy gains more popularity and interest these days, there are many known factors about the process but on the other hand, there are also many misconceptions. Today we will be looking at some of these misconceptions and bringing the truth to the surface.
MYTH: After being a surrogate, I will not be able to have kids of my own
Truth: After a surrogate gives birth and the child is given to their intended parents, and thus completing the surrogacy journey and contract, you will most certainly be able to carry your own child as long as you have your obstetrician’s approval. If you are healthy and of age, there is nothing holding you back from having more little miracles of your own.
MYTH: Surrogacy is only for the rich and famous
Truth: Surrogacy has lately become very popular among celebrities who cannot carry their own child due to medical reasons. Just because you see surrogacy in the media more and more these days, it is still is a wonderful option for any infertile individual or couple, famous or not! This will not cost the intended parents millions of dollars.
MYTH: Being a surrogate is an easy way to earn money
Truth: You will be earning money as a surrogate mother, but this needs time and dedication to the entire journey and to the intended parents. Anyone who has been pregnant before knows it’s not the easiest thing in the world, but it is by far the most fulfilling when you see the faces of the intended parents light up as they see the little miracle you brought into this world just for them.
MYTH: Surrogates are related to the child they are carrying
Truth: The surrogate mother does not have any genetic relations to the child she is carrying as the embryo is made using the intended parents’ genetic material or donor material. Rest assured that the surrogate will not share DNA with the child to be.
MYTH: Gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy are the same
Truth: Surrogacy agencies only accept gestational surrogates. Gestational surrogacy means the surrogate has zero biological links to the baby that she is carrying. The embryos implanted into the carrier does not have the surrogate’s DNA. The embryos were either created from the intended parent's genetic material or an egg/sperm donor was involved. Donor material cannot be obtained from the surrogate. Traditional surrogacy is a lot less common and not an accepted practice at professional agencies. This is due to the fact that the surrogate uses her own eggs and therefore, she would be related to the baby she is carrying. The surrogate would be the biological mother and she would have parental rights to the child that is born. Gestational and traditional surrogates are completely different.
MYTH: Any women can be a surrogate for a family
Truth: Not all women can be a surrogate as there are a few basic guidelines that need to be met
- Over 21 years old
- Has had one healthy, full-term pregnancy
- No Medical issues
- No Criminal background