While the thought of becoming a surrogate in California or other states may not be at the front of your mind, many mothers choose to become a surrogate because they are done having their own children, but not quite done experiencing childbirth. Many of these mothers want to help others experience the joy of parenthood, as well.
While there may be some cases where an altruistic surrogacy occurs, most surrogates are compensated for their time. In California, first-time surrogates are usually compensated $28,000 for the beginning processes through the end of the pregnancy. However, if you are interested in becoming a surrogate simply for the payment, you will not make it through the screening processes and will likely be turned down anyway.
The first thing you will do is receive a background check before you can become a surrogate in California. An ideal surrogate will need to have already had children and it is preferable that they are currently raising those children. It is also a good idea to become a surrogate if you are completely finished having your own children.
You should also have a healthy weight, be healthy, not have given up any children for adoption and have life insurance, along with having experienced pregnancies and childbirth with little to no complication.
Because anything can happen and the costs are severe, you will need to have support, such as a partner or husband and have income that will continue while you are pregnant, in case you cannot continue to work.
You must also live in a state that allows surrogacy, have no alcoholism or drug abuse, have reliable childcare and be able to get to doctor’s appointments. Other qualifications may be specified by the agency you use or the intended parents.
What happens if you don’t become pregnant?
While technology is great and currently in its prime, pregnancy is not guaranteed to occur. This can be difficult for you and the intended parents and there is support available for everyone in this case. It will be up to the discretion of the doctors, intended parents and you as to whether the procedure should be tried again. In many cases, the intended parents do not have the money to try a second time and if this happens, you will not be compensated. This is something to consider carefully before considering surrogacy in California.
If you want to become a surrogate in California, there are many things to consider. Visit the Center for Surrogate Parenting to learn more.
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