If you are considering making the meaningful and emotionally rewarding decision to become a gestational carrier, the intended family you match with will impact your overall experience. Having a better understanding of the types of parents involved in surrogacy can prepare you for the incredible journey you are about to begin.
Below, you can read about some of the most common types of surrogacy parent situations and their reasons for choosing this path. Much like your desire to be a surrogate, each intended parent will have a different reason for pursuing surrogacy. All share the same goal — becoming parents.
Anytime you have questions about becoming a surrogate, intended parents, or any other surrogacy-related topic, you can fill out this online form to get connected to a surrogacy agency. Specialists will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and provide the resources you need.
Until then, continue reading to learn more about the types of parents involved in surrogacy.
Why Intended Parents Choose Surrogacy
Every intended parent has a story and their own reasoning behind what has led them to surrogacy. When you learn more about why intended parents are choosing surrogacy, it helps create a personal connection and a higher level of understanding. Although the people looking for gestational carriers will come from all walks of life, below, you will find the most common situations for the types of parents involved in surrogacy.
1. Heterosexual Couples Struggling with Infertility
One of the most common intended parent situations involves some form of infertility. Couples attempting to start a family are often devastated by the news of infertility. Many turn to in vitro fertilization with hopes of achieving their dream of becoming pregnant. Unfortunately, this can take several rounds at an average cost of $12,400, and for many, it still does not result in a child.
After years of failed attempts, miscarriages, and heartbreak, these couples explore their alternative options to become parents. For many of these intended parents, the most significant draw to gestational surrogacy is the fact they are able to have a child who is biologically related to them. Although they cannot carry a child on their own, this aspect of the surrogacy process allows them to have a child who shares their genetics.
No matter the journey that has led a couple to pursue surrogacy, you have the opportunity to change their life and give them the gift of parenthood.
2. Same-Sex Male Couples
Often, same-sex male couples want to experience the joys of parenthood but are unable to carry a child themselves. Although laws are constantly changing, adoption may not have always been an option for a same-sex couple, and foster care does not necessarily turn into a permanent situation.
This leads them to explore other options of becoming a parent and to begin their search for finding a surrogate. Gestational surrogacy is often their only option for having a child that is biologically theirs.
3. Same-Sex Female Couples Struggling with Infertility
Although there are several options available for same-sex female couples wanting to raise a child and start a family, a diagnosis of infertility can limit those options. And again, adoption may not always be a viable option for same-sex couples. So surrogacy may become their best path forward.
Although it may not be the way they initially planned to become mothers, choosing to carry a baby for a same-sex female couple that is struggling with infertility can give them an opportunity to make their lifelong dreams of becoming a parent come true.
4. Single Intended Fathers
As you are aware, a man cannot carry a child. This is one of the main reasons a single male would pursue surrogacy. Maybe he has never been able to find the right relationship. Possibly, he is widowed and wants to fulfill his dreams of parenting. Whatever his reasoning, a single male can parent his biological child through surrogacy and is committed to the process of doing so.
5. Single Intended Mothers
Much like a single intended father, the reasons a single intended mother chooses to pursue surrogacy will be personal to them. Oftentimes, a single intended mother cannot carry a child safely to term. For the safety of her and her future baby, this causes her to look for alternative options to become a parent.
Surrogacy provides her the gift of a biological child, without the potential risk to her child’s life or her own.
How You Can Change Lives
These are just a few of the different types of parents involved in surrogacy. All have unique reasoning behind pursuing surrogacy, but all share the same goal of hoping to become a parent to their own biological child. In many cases, adoption is their last chance to do so. They have struggled through physically and emotionally challenging situations, and surrogacy can sometimes be the light at the end of the tunnel.
Understanding the journey intended parents have experienced and their reasons for choosing surrogacy helps create an emotional and priceless bond between the two of you. Your selfless decision makes parenting an option for individuals and families when it seemed impossible. You are in complete control of choosing the right intended parents to become a surrogate for. It is a decision you should not take lightly and only make when you are entirely comfortable.
You have the opportunity to provide a child to someone who has always dreamed of becoming a parent, but under varying circumstances, has always been unable to carry a child themselves. This is a generous and brave decision, one that you should be proud of.
If you have any questions about the types of surrogacy parents hoping to find a match or anything else related to becoming a surrogate carrier, fill out this online form to get more information.