American women considering becoming surrogates in the U.S. don’t just have the opportunity to carry for American intended parents — they also have the chance to carry for international intended parents.
International surrogacy for American surrogates is a growing, successful industry. If you choose to work with an American surrogacy agency, your professional may very well have an international surrogacy program that could connect you with international intended parents.
Prospective surrogates always have the ability to choose intended parents they are comfortable with, and this may include intended parents who are interested in completing a surrogacy overseas. Your surrogacy professional will always explain the details of this process to you if you are interested in an international surrogacy, and you may even seek out an agency that specializes in international surrogacy if you specifically wish to carry a baby for foreign intended parents.
While international surrogacy programs can answer every detailed question you have about this process, you can find some of the basic information you need to know here.
How Does International Surrogacy Work?
Just as there are many Americans who wish to become parents through surrogacy, there are also intended parents in other countries. Many of these intended parents live in countries where surrogacy is illegal so, if they wish to have a child through this family-building process, they must look abroad to countries where it is legal.
The United States offers one of the safest legal environments to complete a surrogacy abroad, which is why many foreign intended parents are starting to flock to the U.S. to complete their family. If you are considering becoming a surrogate, you may consider being open to a match with these international intended parents.
In many ways, the process of an international surrogacy works the same as a domestic surrogacy — you just might have less contact with the intended parents. Each surrogacy will be different but, in general, an international surrogacy may proceed as so:
- Once you determine that you are open to carrying for international intended parents, your surrogacy professional will show you profiles of intended parents to help you choose the ones that are best for you.
- To solidify this match, you will usually have a phone conversation with them, mediated by your surrogacy professional and a translator, if necessary.
- Your surrogacy contract will be completed by your lawyer and the intended parents’ lawyer. Negotiations will likely take place through the sending of documents back and forth.
- The intended parents will typically arrive in the U.S. for the embryo transfer, and you’ll get to meet them in person then, if they haven’t visited before.
- After it’s confirmed, your pregnancy will likely proceed as normal. Just like any surrogacy with a long-distance intended parent, you will keep in touch with international intended parents through phone calls, emails and other methods.
- The intended parents will travel back in the United States for your delivery. They will be there during your hospital stay, complete any necessary parentage orders and then take their child back to their home country — all the while expressing their appreciation for what you have done for them.
Your surrogacy agency and surrogacy lawyer will help ensure all the necessary steps are taken care of if you decide to participate in an international surrogacy. They will help make your surrogacy journey as easy as possible for both you and your intended parents.
The Pros and Cons of International Surrogacy
Choosing to carry a baby for international intended parents is a very personal decision to make. It’s not right for everyone so, if you’re thinking about international surrogacy as an American surrogate, it’s important to do diligent research to determine whether it’s the right path for you.
Surrogacy professionals who run international surrogacy programs can give you all the information you need to choose an appropriate surrogacy path for you. Here are some general pros and cons to consider while you’re making your decision.
- By becoming a surrogate for international intended parents, you are helping them complete a process that is usually outlawed in their home country.
- You will be protected by S. surrogacy laws, rather than the intended parents’ country’s surrogacy laws (which can be few or even highly restrictive).
- Your American surrogacy agency will guide you through the process of an international surrogacy to make it as smooth as possible for you.
- Your relationship with the international intended parents will be long-distance as they complete a surrogacy abroad. You may only get to communicate through emails, and they may require a translator, depending on the language they speak.
- If there is a language barrier, you may not get to know the intended parents as well before the match or develop as strong a relationship as you would with intended parents who speak English.
- In case there is a hiccup in the surrogacy process, the intended parents will not be able to get to you as quickly as if they lived in the United States.
These are just a few of the aspects that all prospective surrogates should consider before choosing the international surrogacy path. Carrying a child for international parents is just as rewarding as carrying for American parents; there are just some unique challenges and joys associated with doing so.
To learn more about becoming a surrogate for international parents, please contact a surrogacy agency that offers international surrogacy programs today.