5 Great Benefits of Gestational Surrogacy for Intended Parents
Very few people can argue that gestational surrogacy has benefits for all involved in one way or another. Some may be pretty obvious at first --growing your family, for starters! Many intended parents may not even think past that initial prospect. Growing your family is beneficial enough, isn’t it? Of course!
At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno, we are here to add even more benefits of gestational surrogacy for intended parents.
1) Parental Rights
This is especially exciting for any same-sex intended parents out there: you can now put both names on your child’s birth certificate! Keep in mind, there are still a few hoops you’ll have to jump through in order for this to happen. Your gestational surrogate – and her partner or spouse, if she has one – will have to fill out a Pre-Birth Order. This is a document drawn up by your surrogacy attorney where your gestational surrogate declares that you, the intended parent, are the child’s legal mother or father.
In other words, not only will you be able to put both your names on your child’s birth certificate, but you’ll also be able to take your child home directly from the hospital!
2) More Control
While adoption is certainly not a lesser choice in building your family, there is a little less control over the situation than there is with gestational surrogacy. When you choose the gestational surrogacy path as an intended parent, you’ll go through a matching process. Essentially, this will help you match with a surrogacy agency, and, through them, you will meet potential surrogates. You have full say in what you’d like your match to be like, and will easily be able to find someone who fits your definition of the best surrogate.
3) Genetic Link
Another benefit to gestational surrogacy? The biological connection you’ll share with your child. Yes, this is a bit of an obvious benefit for some of you readers. But, for many intended parents, this is the only way they will be comfortable becoming a parent. Since gestational surrogacy is done through IVF, you will provide your egg and/or sperm to be used by the gestational carrier. This ensures that your child will be genetically related to you.
4) Peace of Mind
With all the great benefits of gestational surrogacy for intended parents in mind, something often overlooked during the process is relaxation. That’s right. With a traditional pregnancy, you and your partner or spouse would likely adhere to all the restrictions that come with it. The general discomfort – morning sickness, physical changes, mood swings, etc. – can be more than stressful for even the most level-headed person. This can be especially true if it’s your first pregnancy. With gestational surrogacy, however, the surrogate goes through the physical aspect of the pregnancy, and you share in the emotional aspects.
It is a basic requirement that the gestational carrier you are matched up with has given birth successfully at least once before. Not only can this help ease the worries that come with pregnancy, but there is also less risk of anything unexpected occurring.
5) Gender Selection
It may seem a little unorthodox, but it is possible for you to choose the gender of your child. We know, it sounds like something out of Star Trek, but it’s true! There are, of course, circumstances that must be met in order for this to happen. For instance, your surrogate mother must have already started the IVF process.
The embryos transferred in vitro will sometimes be screened in order to assess which are healthy enough to implant into the gestational carrier’s womb. This is called “Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis” or PGD. During this process, two healthy embryos of different genders can be revealed. As the child’s intended parent, you then have the opportunity to choose whether you want a son or daughter, if that’s something you’re comfortable with.
Benefits of Gestational Surrogacy for Intended Parents
So there you have it! Were there any benefits you hadn’t expected to see? Any that you wish you had seen listed here? Let us know in the comments section!
Whether you’re a gestational surrogate or an intended parent, make no mistake; we here at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno are in your corner! If you’re ready to get started on your gestational surrogacy journey, or if you’re still unsure whether you are ready to get started, feel free to get in touch with us! We’re available to you via phone call, email, social media, and our instant messaging system found on our website. Whatever your communication comfort level, we have your back!
Be safe and be well, friends!
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