For those who wish to become parents, surrogacy offers a path that may help when all else fails. Surrogacy is a straightforward enough process, but one factor is often overlooked until the process begins – the surrogate mother herself.
This woman will be vital to the birth of a child, and will quite literally be giving the intended parents their dream of parenthood. And for many, heading to the Ukraine offers the best way to find a surrogate and have that child.
However, surrogacy in the Ukraine may be popular and more affordable than elsewhere, but it is still very highly regulated. The gestational mother must meet several requirements in order to even be considered as a surrogate, and she’ll have to prove this before being placed on the list of potential surrogates at a surrogacy agency.
Any woman in the country wishing to become a surrogate mother needs to take the time to learn more about her rights and the requirements so she can effectively become a surrogate mother – and the key reasons that she may wish to become a surrogate as well.
Why Become A Surrogate?
There are plenty of reasons that a woman may decide that the time is right for her to become a surrogate. There are, however, three very big ones:
- The Compensation – Surrogate mothers in the Ukraine receive a huge windfall of cash. The payment may vary depending on the agency used, but in the end, it comes down to one basic thing – those who offer up their body for a surrogacy will receive significant financial compensation that is often life-changing for them.
- The Reward – Along with the financial reward is the personal one. When you become a surrogate, you help a couple bring their dream into reality and become parents at last. This allows you to feel an incredible sense of worth, satisfaction, and more. Few things are as rewarding as knowing that you have had a positive impact on others that will last for their entire lives.
- The Experience – For many women, just the experience of being pregnant is enough to be a reward all its own. Surrogacy allows you to experience the joy of pregnancy without having to worry about the child after it is born. And again, at the end of the pregnancy experience you are able to take pride in knowing that you’ve helped someone else.
The Requirements For A Surrogate Mother
If you decide that being a surrogate is the right call for you, or if you’re thinking of using surrogacy and want to ensure that you can trust in the mothers who act as surrogates, taking a closer look at the requirements is worth doing. Today, the days of just letting anyone become a surrogate are gone. Those wishing to become a surrogate have to meet very rigorous guidelines. In Ukraine, the requirements are as follows.
- The woman must be 18 years of age or older
- She must already have at least one child of her own
- Must show that she is physically healthy and mentally and physically capable to carry a child to term and deliver it after birth.
- Married women are not required to have their husband’s consent, but most agencies agree that it is best for it to be provided
The main focus here is on making sure that the gestational mother is able to carry a child in a healthy manner and deliver it without complications. Certain surrogacy agencies may have additional requirements, but the four points above make up the foundation of becoming a surrogate mother.
Of course, just meeting the mandatory requirements by law and those set forth by the surrogacy agency are only the initial steps. Surrogates must also be willing to undergo the appropriate medical procedure to become pregnant – which means either In Vitro Fertilization or artificial insemination.
Additionally, they will have to agree to follow a set of health guidelines to maintain the safety of the baby and will also have to visit the agency for regular checkups and routine exams to ensure that the baby is developing in a healthy way.
Finally, all surrogate mothers must sign a surrogacy contract. The intended parents must as well, of course, and this form is there to provide protection not only to them but to the gestational mother as well. The form essentially guarantees that the surrogate will receive the compensation agreed upon, and that she will have no rights to the child upon its birth. Only the intended parents will be placed on the birth certificate, and immediately after delivery the child becomes theirs.
If a woman meets these qualifications and is willing to sign the appropriate documentation, she will be considered a candidate for surrogate motherhood. It’s a straightforward process filled with rewards for all those involved, and is something well worth considering.