Can I Become a Surrogate with Conceptual Options?

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Conceptual Options Surrogacy

Can I Become a Surrogate with Conceptual Options?

Becoming a Surrogate can be one of the most fulfilling journeys you will likely do in your life. It won’t always be easy, and there will certainly be challenges you’ll need to face during your surrogacy pregnancy. However, the gift you’ll be giving another family is one they will be endlessly grateful for.

It’s important to remember that not all women are cut out to be surrogates. It takes a special skill set and even physical facility. If you have the desire to be a surrogate, there are a few things to take into consideration when applying, including your own health before you begin.

Though your heart may be in the right place, here is a checklist of things to consider while you start your path to becoming a true angel for another family.

1. Age of a Surrogate

Age matters when it comes to becoming a surrogate. The ideal Surrogates are between the ages of 21-39 years old. Not that we don’t appreciate women who want to be surrogates in their older years, it just becomes more difficult on the body and can sometimes create higher risk pregnancies.

In a process that is already fragile, it is key to offer the intended parents the best set up possible for their dream of having a child through IVF. Surrogate mothers who are in their prime years have a greater chance of carrying a child to full term and in the most healthy of manners. And, it is important to note that Surrogates in this age range still have the energy and physical capabilities to carry a child with ease.

2. No Prior Pregnancy Complications

When it comes to carrying a child for someone else, it’s important to have carried one of your own already. It’s equally as important that you previous pregnancies were uncomplicated.

If you experienced any substantial challenges during your pregnancy, then the chance of you experiencing those again during a surrogate pregnancy is fairly high. When it comes to becoming a Surrogate, consider your overall health when it comes pregnancies.

Your pregnancy as a Surrogate might have a few challenges, but in general, pregnancy should be something that isn’t extremely difficult for you.

3. Commitment

Sure, you aren’t entering into the family of the Intended Parents, but you are helping them build theirs. Most intended parents will be forever grateful for you and hold you in very high esteem. However, every Intended Parent’s set of specifics and desires is different.

On your end, is important to stay committed to your Intended Parents. As they’ve chosen you to carry their most precious of cargo, carefully consider your willingness to eat, drink, or live in a way that they desire during the nine months.

Staying committed to your intended parents can make all the difference in both of your journeys. From updates to making sure you make all of your doctor visits — commitment is key.

4. Body Mass Index

For a healthy pregnancy, meeting the guidelines for your specific height and weight in regards to your body mass index is important.

Overweight Surrogates have a much higher chance of having complications during their journeys. It’s important to maintain a healthy BMI before, during, and after your pregnancy. This can ensure a safe and positive Surrogate experience for both you and the unborn child.

Journey On

Becoming a Surrogate will bless the lives of everyone involved. While challenges may arise, this checklist can help you start on the right foot. The gift you are offering a family in need is one of the most generous nature.

When you’re ready to start your journey, choose the best program to care for you and contact us today.

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Conceptual Options Announces Additional New Videos for Educational Video Series about Surrogacy

Conceptual Options, LLC, has been Partnering for Parenthood and creating families since 1999, and now we are pleased to announce four new additional episodes of our groundbreaking new educational video series about Surrogacy, Egg Donation, Sperm Donation and assisted reproduction. Conceptual Options is a full-service surrogacy, egg donation, and sperm donation agency located in beautiful San Diego, California.

Our next four videos tackle the following subjects that are most important to Surrogates: Can I Become a Surrogate, What to Expect at My Surrogacy Intake Appointment at Conceptual Options, What to Expect at My Psychological Testing Appointment at Conceptual Options, and How to Choose Your Surrogacy Agency.

All of our Surrogacy Educational Videos can be found here on YouTube.

Also, look for our next video on Choosing Your Intended Parents coming next week!

We would love to hear your feedback and ideas for new videos throughout the new year.

Remember, becoming a surrogate is one of the most rewarding things that you can do in your lifetime – you are literally helping someone else create a family that they cannot do on their own. Therefore, because being a surrogate is such an important mission for everyone involved there are certain steps that must be followed to ensure that you and your family are ready and willing to commit to your surrogacy journey—and our videos are here to help.

Please contact us directly at info@conceptualoptions.com or call us at 858-748-4222 so we can go over your questions or concerns, and stay tuned for more videos in the upcoming weeks to help you understand more about the surrogacy process.


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Top 5 Myths

Top 5 Myths about Surrogacy

Surrogacy and other forms of assisted reproduction, such as egg donation and sperm donation, have long been surrounded by myths that are completely false. However, these myths, although untrue, continue to be passed around Internet forums and online “resources” causing confusion for Intended Parents, Surrogates, Egg Donors, and Sperm Donors. The following list is here to help you navigate any confusion that you may have – feel free to add your own.

1. Any woman can become a Gestational Surrogate.

False: Not every woman is physically and/or mentally ready to become a surrogate. Lifestyle, family dynamics, financial issues, or health issues are just a few things that can cause a woman to be disqualified (as a surrogate) at some point in her life. As many know, Conceptual Options has one of the most rigorous screening protocols in the United States and internationally; and we pride ourselves in making certain that we screen for the best possible outcomes for the Intended Parents, Surrogates, and the children.

2. The Surrogate Mother has a legal right to keep the baby.

False: Despite recent news reports, gestational surrogates do not have a legal right to keep the baby so long as the state laws where the child is being born are followed. Conceptual Options and your attorney will work with you to ensure that everyone is following state laws where the surrogate resides and where the baby is being born.

3. The Child will inherit some of the Surrogate’ DNA.

False: A medical study from Stanford University has made it clear that a woman who carries someone else’s baby contributes no DNA to the child, thereby causing no effect on the child’s DNA makeup or on the child’s physical/mental characteristics. Why? This is because the child already has its DNA from its biological mother and father (or egg donor and/or sperm donor). And, to be sure the baby’s own blood passes through its own body – not the blood of its surrogate mom. Remember – a child’s DNA comes from two places. Half comes from its mother (or egg donor) and half from its father (or sperm donor). More information on this study can be found here.

4. My Surrogate is only doing this for the money.

False: First, ask any Surrogate is if this is her only reason for becoming a Surrogate, and she will likely give you a piece of her mind. Most, if not all, Surrogates truly want to make a difference in the world, even though money is involved. There is a sincere desire in most women to help those who cannot conceive and give them an opportunity to enjoy motherhood – period. If a Surrogate is only doing it for the money, it is likely that she will not pass the psychological screening in most cases.

5. C-sections and Surrogacy do not mix.

False: One in three births in the United States are performed via Cesarean section, according to the CDC. In fact, women who want to become Surrogates should understand that the standard medical protocol for Surrogacy according to most IVF Physicians is that it is dependent upon the number of c-sections that a woman has had to determine if she qualifies. As for Intended Parents, speaking with your IVF Physician will assure you that a woman can be a Surrogate so long as she has not had three or more uncomplicated C-section during her lifetime.

Let us know what you think and add any more that you can think of in the comments section!