5 important questions to ask yourself before becoming a Surrogate
When you start looking into becoming a Surrogate there are lots of questions that come to mind. When I started the process of becoming a Surrogate, I read every blog, book and Facebook forum that I could get my hands on. I wanted all the information and I wanted it now! I even spent an entire vacation reading a Surrogacy book cover to cover just so I could fully understand the process. After working in the industry for the past several years, I now know that the most important questions to ask yourself are these. 1. Do I understand the Surrogacy process? If you are anything like me, you also have started reading everything you can get your hands on. We encourage you to research and make sure your questions are answered. Here at Hive Surrogacy, we love to chat and make sure you understand the process. We will go over each step with you before you apply so you feel ready and supported before you jump in with both feet! 2. What kind of experience am I looking for as a Surrogate? In Canada, there are many options when it comes to finding a Surrogacy agency to work with. Here at Hive, we are a relationship-based agency – which means we encourage (actually, require) an open and honest communication between everyone involved. When applying here, you want to be sure you are ready to work closely with a family, having them involved in each step of the process. 3. Have I discussed this idea with my support team? When you decide to say “YES” to becoming a Surrogate, whether you are a single mom, married or in a committed relationship, you want to be sure that the people in your life are supportive of this decision. What support looks like for one person, is entirely different for another. We suggest that you have a conversation with those closest to you, the ones who will help you emotionally and physically during this experience. Although not everyone will share the idea of being a Surrogate with their full circle of family/friends until they are pregnant, you want to make sure that those closest to you are supportive and ready to help as you need them! 4. What am I looking for in Intended Parents?
As you start thinking about Surrogacy, ask yourself what “type” of Intended Parents you would like to help. Are you open to carrying for a family outside of North America, a gay couple, or a Single Parent, both male or female, or maybe a couple who is struggling with infertility? Asking yourself these questions ahead of time will help you when filling out your Surrogate application so we can help to best match you with waiting Intended Parents.
5. Am I ready?
This is the final big question to ask yourself. Are you ready to help change someone's story and help them fulfill their dreams of parenthood? Ask yourself if you are committed, and ready to take the steps that are necessary to make this happen.