Steps on How to Become a Surrogate in Nevada
There are many hopeful, intended families who wish to have children, but are unable to. Whether this is through a medical or health condition, infertility or something else, they’ve discovered that they can’t have a family on their own. Fortunately, this is where you — as someone who wants to become a surrogate in Nevada — comes in!
Choosing to become a surrogate is one of the most selfless, loving decisions you can make as a woman. At Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Nevada, we understand that it takes a very special kind of woman to help deserving, intended parents have a family. We want you to know that, when you work with us, you will have all the support and assistance you need throughout your surrogacy journey.
Below are the steps you can take to officially become a surrogate in Nevada.
First Step: Decide if You’re Ready to Become a Surrogate
Before making any big decision in life, it’s important to double check that you’re ready. To ask yourself: Why do you want to become a surrogate? Is anyone pressuring you or forcing you into this decision? Has a friend or family member asked you to be a surrogate for them? Do you understand what gestational surrogacy is and all it entails? Are you ready to fully commit to all that?
Becoming a surrogate isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s only for those women who are truly willing to give of themselves and help other intended parents have a family they couldn’t otherwise have. It’s also important to note that being a surrogate mother won’t make you rich. So, if financial stability is what you’re hoping for, you should consider something outside of gestational surrogacy.
Second Step: Meet the Surrogacy Qualifications
All prospective surrogates must meet a series of surrogacy qualifications before they can officially start working with our surrogacy agency. These requirements are in place for not only the health and safety of the surrogate, but also the intended parents. Depending on where you live, surrogacy requirements and qualifications can vary, but here are some of the important ones through our surrogacy agency in Nevada:
All surrogates must…
- Be between 21 and 39 years of age
- Be a US citizen with proof of residency
- Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) in the range of 18-31
- Not be partaking of any illegal or illicit drugs
- Not be receiving public or government assistance of any kind
- Have had at least one healthy and uncomplicated pregnancy
- Be raising at least one child of her own
For more information, please consult with your surrogacy specialist or refer to the other surrogacy requirements on our website.
Step Three: Conquer the Screening Process
If you meet all our surrogacy qualifications, you can then move on to our screening process. This involves more tests and questionnaires to ensure that you are healthy and qualified to become a surrogate in Nevada. It also assures prospective intended parents that you are here for the right reasons and a good fit for them.
- Health/Medical: this portion of the screening process explores your health and medical history. You will make an appointment with your doctor or OBGYN and pass a full physical exam. This will help let us know that you are physically healthy enough to undergo additional pregnancies. If your body isn’t able to carry a baby healthfully or safely to full term, becoming a surrogate may not be the best option for you.
- Emotional/Mental: in addition to being healthy, we want to make sure that you are emotionally and mentally ready for the surrogacy process. This is important for everyone involved — you, the intended parents and our surrogacy agency. So, we require all prospective surrogates to pass a psychological exam. If you are unable to pass this evaluation, this can end your hopes of becoming a surrogate.
- Personal Support: because the surrogacy process can present challenges along the way, we want to see if you have a strong support system ready to be there for you when you need it. This can be trusted friends, close family members or your partner or spouse. Having people to cheer you on or hold you up is an important aspect of the surrogacy journey. We also have surrogacy counselors on staff who can provide extra support, if needed.
Step Four: Matching with Intended Parents
Your journey to becoming a surrogate would not be complete without finding a couple or individual to work with and carry a baby for. To ensure the best possible match between you and intended parents, we use a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:
- Location of you and the intended parent(s)
- Whether or not you have insurance
- Matching preferences from all parties (i.e. personality, family values, etc.)
From there, you will receive intended parent profiles — with no identifying information — to review. If you are interested in learning more, we will let the intended parents know. If there is mutual interest, we will help you and the intended parents get in contact with each other through phone, email, Skype or ZOOM. This way, you can start to get to know the intended parents, and vice versa. Being able to build a relationship with the intended parents will help all of you have the most positive and successful surrogacy journey possible.
Are You Ready to Become a Surrogate in Nevada?
You are a crucial part in the surrogacy process. Without your assistance, hopeful intended parents wouldn’t be able to have the family they’ve always wanted. That is why your willingness, love and selflessness to become a surrogate is so amazing! We understand that it might seem like there are a lot of steps involved to get there, but those are only for your protection — and that of the intended parents’.
That said, are you ready to become a surrogate in Nevada? If you are, or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Adoption Choices of Nevada has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across Nevada since 2012. You can also call us to speak to someone now. Contact Us 24/7: 855-940-4673 (Toll-Free) | 702-474-4673 (Las Vegas) | 775-825-4673 (Reno) | 775-738-4673 (Elko) | 775-884-4673 (Carson City).
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