4 Misconceptions about Surrogacy in Nevada
There are many ways to grow a family nowadays. In fact, many hopeful parents seek new ways to grow their families when the traditional method does not work. For some of these prospective intended parents, surrogacy is the best option for them, as it suits their needs and wants. This is also true with women who want to help deserving families have children they couldn’t otherwise have. They willingly offer their services through gestational surrogacy and become known as surrogates.
Even though surrogacy has been around for years now, it is still a new concept for many. There are many misconceptions about surrogacy, which has created harmful and inaccurate stereotypes about this wonderful family planning option. Here at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada, we are ready to shatter four of these misconceptions with truths regarding surrogacy.
Misconception #1: Surrogates Might Want to Keep the Baby
This is a huge misconception many people have when they first hear about surrogacy. Yet, what is not understood is that gestational surrogates do not have legal parental rights to the baby. This is because the surrogate is not biologically linked to the baby. Rather, the surrogate is inseminated with the intended parents’ egg and sperm, respectively, though the IVF process. Through using IVF and Gestational surrogacy, intended parents are allowed to be genetically linked to the child and retain full parental custody over him or her throughout the pregnancy and after they are born.
Surrogates understand this before entering into a surrogacy agreement with the intended parents. Because surrogates are often women who have been able to have babies, they have no desire to keep the baby. Instead, they want to share that gift to growing families who aren’t able to themselves.
Misconception #2: Intended Parents won’t Be able to Bond with the Baby
This misconception about surrogacy stems from the fact that intended parents don’t carry their own child. They fear that they won’t have an emotional connection to the baby. However, this assumption is as understandable as it is false. Even though the intended parents may not be experiencing the pregnancy aspect themselves, they will be able to bond with their baby no matter what. Through the gestational surrogacy process, intended parents will be able to walk through the pregnancy journey with the surrogate — even attending doctor and ultrasound appointments, if the surrogate is comfortable — so they have the chance to feel personally connected.
Additionally, it does not matter how you grow your family. What matters is that there is love involved. The moment you are finally able to hold your baby in your arms — it’ll be like a dream come true. There is no way that a connection won’t be there with the baby, because they will be your son or daughter.
Misconception #3: Surrogates do Gestational Surrogacy for the Money
Surrogates are mothers who want to help others achieve parenthood. These women are angels in disguise, ready to help those who need it and want it. They are willing, selfless and brave individuals who choose to help out intended parents through gestational surrogacy because they believe anyone who wants to be a parent should. Rarely are their thoughts on money or the financial aspect of gestational surrogacy.
In fact, surrogates who want to become involved with gestational surrogacy purely for financial reasons will be quickly disqualified. Surrogacy is not a way to make a living. Not every surrogacy agency offers financial compensation either. True surrogates understand this, and do not seek financial gain through surrogacy.
Misconception #4: Intended Parents Choose Surrogacy to Avoid Pregnancy
Another potential misconception about surrogacy could be that intended parents choose it to “take the easy way out.” So that intended mothers won’t “ruin their figure” with stretch marks as their body endures pregnancy. But, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Most intended parents would give everything in order to be able to carry their baby. Hearing that they are unable to because of infertility or a medical or health condition can be devastating. It can also bring about a season of grief and adjustment. Choosing surrogacy is rarely a first option for intended parents, but that’s okay. For so many prospective, hopeful intended parents, it provides a ray of hope in an otherwise very dark situation.
What Other Misconceptions about Surrogacy have You Heard?
Surrogacy has become a common option for many intended parents who have tried to grow a family. So much so that it has become a more well-known topic. Yet, even still, to many, surrogacy is a new concept. If you are a surrogate or intended parent looking to grow a family, it’s important to learn as much as you can about the available options within surrogacy. This will not only help you better understand how the surrogacy journey works, but you can also help educate your friends and family about what a beautiful option surrogacy is.
Have you heard any other misconceptions about surrogacy that didn’t make our list? Be sure to reach out and let us know!Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada looks forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have regarding surrogacy.
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