After discussing the idea with your partner and doing your research, you have decided to pursue surrogacy. It doesn’t matter if you want to apply to become a surrogate mother or you are looking for a surrogate in order to build your family; surrogacy in Los Angeles can help you throughout one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
You don’t have to do anything on your own, which is great news. From day one until the day the baby is born, you will be guided by experienced professionals. However, since options are multiple, even getting started and choosing a surrogacy agency can seem overwhelming.
Below you will find the three most important things you should consider in order to make the most of your surrogacy journey.
1. Is location relevant?
You might be wondering whether the location of a surrogacy agency in the United States matters or not. Simply put, it doesn’t.
Depending on the state, surrogacy laws can vary, but as long as the gestational carrier is a resident of a surrogacy-friendly state, you can have a team of experts working with you from anywhere.
If you live in such a state, you will probably be invited to the offices of the surrogacy agency you select to meet with the staff, find a gestational carrier for yourself, or participate in support groups. However, if you live far away, you might be asked to complete some tests ata local IVF clinic instead.
Whatever the case, the agency will make sure that everything is up to code and that the process keeps moving forward.
2. Should you consider international surrogacy agencies?
The prices in certain foreign agencies seem very appealing to some intended parents, which might make them consider such agencies. And since the location doesn’t matter, you might even consider working with an agency that’s located on the other side of the planet. However, international surrogacy comes with numerous legal, financial, health, and even political risks.
If you are far away from your surrogate, it will be very hard to prescreen or monitor the environment the surrogate is in. While the American Society for Reproductive Medicine holds all medical professionals in reproductive medicine to specific regulations, that isn’t the case with other countries outside the USA.
Political circumstances and legal protection are additional concerns that may become obstacles in your surrogacy journey. Lastly, struggling to minimize these risks may end up costing you more than a domestic surrogacy would. Not to mention that it could slow down or even stop the entire process.
3. What benefits do surrogacy agencies provide?
Once you embark on your surrogacy journey, you will probably have a lot of questions. That is why you should choose a good, reputable domestic surrogacy agency. With a knowledgeable team on your side, you won’t need to have all the answers.
However, here are some questions you should consider right at the beginning:
- How long does has the agency existed?
- Is their staff professional and caring?
- Do they have an established business structure?
- Do they provide comprehensive services?
- What does the screening process look like?
- Is there a customized strategy?
If you have any additional questions about the program we provide, feel free to contact us. We will be happy to assist you.