What makes a surrogacy program successful?
A couple deciding to procreate and bringing a child into the world is one of the most important and emotional decisions of their lives. Unfortunately, though, the number of couples experiencing difficulty in conceiving biologically has been on the incline for several years. For these couples, adoption and surrogacy are favorable means to start a family.
Surrogacy has been an age-old practice for people who are unable to conceive due to various reasons. Traditional surrogacy, volunteered by either a family member or a relative, usually involves inseminating the surrogate mother artificially, either by the intended father or an egg donor. However, due to the introduction of stringent laws and regulations, traditional surrogacy is considered controversial in several parts of the world. Fortunately, owing to technological advancements, gestational surrogacy has become a successful medium of procreation for parents who face difficulty in conceiving a child.
The process of gestational surrogacy involves transferring an embryo to a surrogate, which is fertilized using the egg and the sperm of the intended parents through an IVF procedure. The surrogate then carries the baby to term and intended parents can take their child home after a successful delivery. Through this process, the child is thereby genetically related only to the intended parents and not the surrogate. Given the different laws in place in different parts of the world, international surrogacy is gaining popularity in recent times, with Kazakhstan being one of the top choices.
As opposed to traditional surrogacy, gestational surrogacy entails many rules and regulations that both parties need to abide by. Given the complex nature of the matter, it is always best to choose an agency that provides surrogacy programs and has shown a high success rate. Several agencies across the United States provide complete programs to parents willing to undergo the process of gestational surrogacy.
The fees for these programs vary from agency to agency. Surrogacy costs involved in the process are borne by the intended parents, which includes everything – from the screening process, doctor visits, medical aid, and legal aid to meeting all requirements of the surrogate mother to be healthy and comfortable. Apart from the financial assistance and surrogacy cost, a lot of care needs to be taken in order to carry out a surrogacy program successfully, especially in the case of international surrogacy. It is important for intended parents to thus choose the right program and the right agency to begin their journey.
The success rates of surrogacy programs vary from one agency to another. However, a successful IVF procedure and a smooth, full-term pregnancy with required medical assistance and legal aid almost always yields a 100% success rate. For a surrogacy program to be successful, it must meet certain criteria, some of which are as follows:
- Availability of legal aid
The surrogacy program must have a strong legal team on board to undertake each case. Since surrogacy is controlled at a state level in the United States and the laws are thereby variable, it is important to have a surrogacy attorney look into making a proper match between intended parents and a surrogate after a thorough understanding of intersecting laws and policy, based on the intended parents’ state and country of residence. The attorney must streamline communication between the program counselor and legal representatives to guide the intended parents through the legal process.
- Counseling for intended parents
For intended parents, choosing surrogacy for the first time could be an emotionally overwhelming experience. A surrogacy program should ensure that the couple is counseled regularly by trained surrogacy professionals to make the process less stressful for the family.
There are innumerable variables involved in carrying out a successful surrogate pregnancy. Every intended family and their surrogates come with different needs, even if the process is going to be the same for all. Thus, it is important for any surrogacy program to be flexible to adapt to your specific needs and requirements in order to ensure a smooth process.
- Elaborate screening process
A surrogacy program must conduct an extensive and elaborate screening process to match the intended parents with their surrogates. The surrogate mothers must be screened diligently on various parameters like age, general health, mental health, family background, criminal record, living conditions, etc. Ask the agency about their screening process to ensure all formalities are duly met before initiating the process.
- Support staff
The intended parents and the surrogate are going to be in touch with the agency personnel for a period of one year or more. It is extremely important for the said personnel to be supportive, kind and helpful throughout the process. Both, the parents and the surrogate are bound to have questions and doubts during the course of the pregnancy. It is the responsibility of the support staff to put them to ease and make the process as smooth as possible.
- Focus on relationships
Research states that greater levels of contact and closer relationships between intended parents and their surrogates make for a smoother process. Thus, while choosing a surrogacy agency/program, make sure that enough emphasis is given to establishing a bond between the intended family and the surrogate. The surrogacy program must include regular phone calls, video calls, and medical updates after every doctor’s visit. In case of international surrogacy, the program should arrange for the intended parents to travel to their surrogate’s location for the delivery of the baby, and/or during the course of the pregnancy.
Bearing a healthy child and starting a family is a life-changing experience for human beings. Like biological pregnancy, surrogacy can be a beautiful experience for both parties – the parents wanting to conceive a child and start a family, as well as the surrogate mother willing to carry it for them. With the right program, the right support system, proper care and trained professionals, couples who are unable to conceive, homosexual couples, and single parents can enjoy the experience of child-bearing without any obstacles or setbacks.