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The Hard and Happy Moments of Surrogacy

The Hard and Happy Moments of Surrogacy

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Surrogacy is an emotional journey that involves the selfless act of carrying a child for intended parents who are unable to do so themselves. In this article, we delve into the multifaceted aspects of surrogacy

Surrogacy, an ancient practice with a modern twist, sparks both praise and debate in today’s world. 

Surrogates experience a range of emotions throughout the process, from joy for offering a priceless gift to fear for the potential risks and uncertainties. They also develop a bond with the intended parents, sharing their hopes and challenges along the way. 

But how does surrogacy affect the lives of the surrogates and the parents?

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Surrogates experience a range of emotions throughout the process Image source Pexels

The Intended Parents: Seeking a Surrogate

For many people who want to have a child, surrogacy may be their only option after exhausting other methods of assisted reproduction or facing medical conditions that prevent them from carrying a pregnancy. 

According to a study by the Journal of Reproduction, couples who choose surrogacy have usually considered it only after a long period of infertility or when it was the only option available.

Finding a suitable surrogate mother can be a challenging and stressful process for the intended parents. They may have to go through various agencies, websites, or personal networks to find a potential match. 

They may also have to deal with legal, financial, and ethical issues that vary depending on the country or state where the surrogacy takes place. Some intended parents may prefer to use a surrogate mother who is a relative or a friend, while others may opt for a stranger who meets their criteria.

One of the most emotional aspects of finding a surrogate mother is reading the profiles and letters of the women who offer to help. Sunshine Hanson, a former surrogate mother, recalls how she was moved by the stories of the intended parents who struggled with infertility and longed for a child. 

She says, “These were real people, hopeful people, who poured their hearts and souls into letters to a potential surrogate detailing their love stories, and their stories of anguish and loss. They told of their heartbreak over not being able to build the families they’d dreamed of.”

Choosing a surrogate mother is a difficult and personal decision that requires a lot of trust and communication between the intended parents and the surrogate mother. The intended parents may have to consider various factors such as the surrogate mother’s health, lifestyle, personality, family background, and motivation for surrogacy. 

They may also have to discuss their expectations, preferences, and boundaries regarding the surrogacy arrangement, such as the level of contact, involvement, and disclosure during and after the pregnancy.

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One of the most rewarding aspects of being a surrogate mother is developing a positive and supportive relationship with the intended parents Image source Freepik

The Gift of Surrogacy: A Two-Way Street

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a surrogate mother is developing a positive and supportive relationship with the intended parents and the child.

Surrogate mothers may also feel a sense of pride, joy, and accomplishment when they see the child they carried and the happiness they brought to the intended parents. Surrogate mothers may also maintain some level of contact with the intended parents and the child after the birth, depending on their mutual agreement and comfort.

As Sarah Jones, a retired surrogate, aptly illustrates “surrogacy has been a gift.” Helping families achieve their dreams of parenthood brought her fulfillment and lasting friendships.

Through her volunteer work for Surrogacy UK, Sarah found not only a sense of purpose but also an extended family—a community of surro-sisters bound by their shared journey. 

She says, “I have been given three wonderful sets of friends in the families I have helped to create, numerous friends through the organization, and a wonderfully supportive group of surro-sisters who are all like family to me now.”

Conclusion: Surrogacy as a Journey of Hope and Love

Surrogacy is a journey of hope and love that involves the intended parents, the surrogate mother, and the child. Surrogacy can be a hard and happy experience that entails challenges and rewards for all the parties involved. 

Surrogacy can also be a complex and unique experience that requires trust, communication, and support from all the parties involved. 

Surrogacy can also be a fulfilling and meaningful experience that creates lasting bonds and families.

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