How to Become a Gestational Carrier (Surrogate) in Reno
Growing a family is important to many couples and individuals. Most of them have hoped, wished and prayed for children, but have been met with disappointment, health issues or infertility. Perhaps you’ve been asked by a couple of your friends who have been trying to conceive without success, or a friend who is looking to become a single parent, to become their gestational carrier. Maybe you’ve wanted to help others fulfill their dreams of parenthood on your own. Where you don’t know who needs a gestational carrier, but you know that there’s someone out in Reno who is in need of one and you want to help them out as best you can.
Whatever has landed you here, know that you’ve come to the right place! You likely have a few questions, but the most burning one? If I’m going to do this, how do I get started? Not to worry. We here at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno are going to walk you through how to become a gestational carrier in Reno.
Step One: The Big Decision
Before we get started, we should first address an argument that could be made here. Some people will want to do as much research as humanly possible before they decide on anything. After all, this is not a decision to take lightly. For others, they’ve made up their mind before their research is complete. There’s no question in their mind -- when it comes to becoming a gestational carrier, they’re ready. Before you feel obligated to fall into one camp over the other, first know: there is no wrong answer.
As you’re doing your research, you may find some things that don’t quite jive with what you expected. Perhaps some of the requirements listed are too strict for you to comply with, or make you feel uncomfortable. That’s ok! Again, this is a huge decision to make. Make sure that before you move forward, you are comfortable. Remember: you come first here.
Step Two: Find Your Attorney
Now that you’ve decided that you’re ready to move forward, you’ll want to find your surrogacy attorney. They are imperative during your gestational surrogacy journey. After they draw up a Gestational Carrier Agreement, your attorney will continue to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the entire process. We here at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno can help you with finding one in the Reno/Sparks area if you don’t have anyone particular in mind.
Step Three: The Requirements
Now we get into the nitty-gritty of it all. Once you’ve gotten in touch with our agency and have professed your desire to become a gestational carrier, we can get started on what you need to have completed before you meet with any potential intended parents.
You can read the complete list of requirements on our website, but for your convenience, here’s a quick taste of our qualifications that must be met:
You must be between the ages of 21-39 years old
Have had at least one uncomplicated birth
Not be receiving any public assistance (including Medicaid and food stamps)
If you meet these requirements, the next step is for you to undergo physical and psychological screenings.
Step Four:The Screenings
For your physical screenings, you will need to complete a physical examination with your primary care provider (PCP). He or she will check to see that you don’t have anything that would complicate or make pregnancy dangerous. This includes a full screening of any sexually-transmitted diseases, such as: HIV, hepatitis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and others. Standard blood tests will also be run during your physical exam. You cannot be matched or considered a good candidate until your doctor has given you a clean bill of health.
The psychological evaluation is performed by an agency psychologist and seeks to learn if you are of sound mind and aware of the full scope of your commitment. That you weren’t, in any way, forced or pressured into becoming a gestational carrier. It’s important that the decision to carry the intended parent(s)’ baby is completely your decision.
During the evaluation, the psychologist may also ask you what kind of support system you have. If you have trusted friends and family members who will be there for you during the hard times, and to give you a hand when you need it.
You’ll also be undergoing a background check, which will give our agency a chance to look at your medical history and see if you’ve had any previous pregnancies, or anything that could qualify as red flags that may pop up. Automatic disqualifiers would be felony charges, criminal activity of any kind or a history of abuse. Physical, verbal, sexual, emotional or substance abuse – it doesn’t matter. Any concerns of this nature would immediately terminate your dreams of being a gestational carrier.
Step 5: The Matching Process
This may be the part that you’ve been waiting for. You can hardly become a gestational carrier without intended parents, after all!
As we mentioned before, you may already know the parents who you’ll be carrying for. You may, on the other hand, be meeting this person/these people through Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno. In either case, we strongly suggest that you have a matching interview session. This is where you really begin to get to know your match. What do they expect during this process? What do you expect? We go into different questions that you can ask your intended parents in this post, if you’re having a rough time thinking of questions.
Becoming A Gestational Carrier (Surrogate)
Were there any steps to become a gestational carrier in Reno that you were surprised to see here? Any that you think should have been mentioned? Let us know in the comments!
If you’re ready to get started on your gestational surrogacy journey, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. We’re available via social media, email, and by phone whenever it’s convenient for you. We’re always happy to assist you in any way we can!
Be safe, and as always, be well friends!
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across Nevada since 2012. You can call us to speak to someone now!