The decisions don’t stop there. On top of gestational and traditional, we also have altruistic surrogacy, independent surrogacy and commercial surrogacy with agency support (the form of surrogacy you’ll work with at Be Parent).
Let’s dive deeper.
This type of surrogacy is where a woman agrees to become a surrogate without compensation. Most surrogacy arrangements include an agreement where the surrogate is compensated for her time, as well as any extra expenses the pregnancy may have caused (such as medical bills). With altruistic surrogacy, however, the surrogate will not accept payment other than perhaps medical costs. This type of surrogate is very often someone that the intended parents already know such as a friend or relative. This is actually the only legal form of surrogacy in countries such as Australia and Canada.
Like traditional surrogacy, independent surrogacy can be a riskier choice than altruistic. An independent surrogate is someone who works without the support of an agency. Again, this is probably someone who knows the intended parent/s.
This form of surrogacy is less common, because a third party can be invaluable during this unique process. If or when complications occur, having an agency there means that both sides can be supported.
Commercial surrogacy with agency support
For agencies like Be Parent, this form of surrogacy involves the highest level of compensation for the gestational carrier, but with the expert support of an experienced agency to guide and facilitate at key points in the journey.
The Be Parent team, for example, offer specialised care which incorporates medical, accountancy, legal and counselling departments. Plus, IPs will be working with a personal coordinator throughout the process.
Is surrogacy for you?
Being a surrogate is an option that is open to women who have successfully carried at least one baby to full term. Whilst pregnancy can bring its challenges, many women find the experience to be filled with nourishment and fulfilment.
If you are no longer looking to expand your family but would like to go through the process of pregnancy again, would you consider working as a surrogate? Whether you are interested in surrogacy as an intended parent looking to match with a surrogate or would be interested in becoming a surrogate yourself, connect with Be Parent to book your initial consultation free of charge.