To help you decide whether or not you want to complete an independent surrogacy or work with a surrogacy agency, contact a surrogacy professional today.
Independent surrogacy, which is without the assistance of an agency, could be the right path for you. Determining which path is right for you should be based on your personal surrogacy goals and preferences. Knowing the different steps and the pros and cons of each before choosing will impact the rest of your personal surrogacy journey.
There are many women who choose independent surrogacy and many who choose surrogacy without an agency. Keep reading so you can learn more about how to complete independent surrogacy and exactly what that may mean for you.
Completing an Independent Surrogacy [3 Simple Steps]
It is possible to become a surrogate without an agency, but the process does come with additional responsibilities for you as a prospective surrogate.
Whereas working with a surrogacy agency will give you professional guidance from the beginning of your surrogacy journey, completing an independent surrogacy requires you to handle and coordinate many aspects of the process on your own.
To become a surrogate mother without an agency, there are three main steps to follow:
Step 1: Decide Independent Surrogacy is Right for You.
The first step to completing an independent surrogacy is determining if this is the right path for you and your family. Before committing to a surrogacy without an agency, it’s a good idea to speak with a surrogacy agency to better understand the services and advantages they offer.
Step 2: Find Intended Parents.
Once you determine that independent surrogacy is right for you, you’ll need to start searching for intended parents on your own.
Many surrogates find intended parents independently through methods like online listings and social media, while others are connected through surrogacy attorneys and fertility clinics. When you look for intended parents in this way, you will be responsible for ensuring they have the same surrogacy goals and preferences as you, communicating with them to confirm a match, and making sure they meet all the necessary requirements to be intended parents.
While every independent surrogacy is different, it can take a good deal of time for most prospective surrogates to find intended parents on their own in these ways.
Step 3: Complete Medical Screening.
After you find intended parents, everyone will need to undergo pre-surrogacy screening, to ensure that you are mentally and physically prepared for the challenges and rewards of the independent surrogacy process. Usually, these screenings can be completed by a surrogacy clinic.
During this time, some surrogates may find that they or their intended parents don’t meet the requirements for surrogacy. If this happens, you will need to start a new search to find another surrogacy partner and begin the process again.
Once you are both approved for the surrogacy process, you and your intended parents will be able to proceed with your independent surrogacy journey. You and the intended parents will need to manage every detail of the surrogacy process, including:
- Finding and coordinating between professionals
- Managing financial payments
- Upholding your own contract agreements
- And more
Because of this, an independent surrogacy may increase the likelihood that complications will arise, requiring professional intervention. However, it can also result in a close relationship between you and the intended parents.
What are the Pros and Cons of Independent Surrogacy?
There are many unique circumstances associated with independent surrogacy, and every prospective surrogate who takes this path should be aware of the additional responsibilities that will be required.
As you’re considering independent surrogacy, here are some of the advantages and disadvantages to keep in mind with this decision:
Pros of Independent Surrogacy:
- Choosing an independent surrogacy arrangement means that working directly with the intended parents could help you build a closer relationship.
- When completed efficiently, independent surrogacy may save the intended parents money because they will not need to pay agency fees.
- You will only need to work with a surrogacy attorney and a medical professional.
Cons of Independent Surrogacy:
- Independent surrogacy can end up costing intended parents more than an agency-assisted surrogacy because of surrogacy professionals’ costs and fees.
- If you are unfamiliar with the surrogacy process, independent surrogacy could have increased risks and liabilities.
- You will not have the 24/7 case management and support that a surrogacy agency can offer, which can be incredibly important when encountering unexpected situations or delays.
- You and the intended parents will be responsible for obtaining and coordinating services for your independent surrogacy arrangement, as well as direct communication about sensitive topics.
- You will not have a professional protecting your rights and interests like a surrogacy agency would.
Every person is different, so what may be seen as a disadvantage by some may be an advantage to others. It’s important to consider these pros and cons and others before deciding whether independent surrogacy is best for you.
Is Independent Surrogacy Right for Me?
Every woman has different surrogacy goals and preferences, so whether or not you are ready to commit to independent surrogacy will depend upon your own circumstances.
It’s important that you do your own extensive research and talk with those who will be part of your surrogacy journey before deciding on one path or the other.
To learn more about independent surrogacy and whether it’s the best path for you, contact a surrogacy agency today.