Many people come to surrogacy for a variety of reasons, but who are the surrogates? Whether it’s for a sister who has breast cancer or their gay brother who isn’t ready to have kids yet, but they are really interested in helping a same sex couple.
It’s really important for you to know that while this is amazing to help people have their family, what’s also quite important is that this journey fits for you.
So, who is it that you’re wanting to help? Why are you wanting to help them? Really begin thinking about why surrogacy, and why now, why it makes sense for you.
Who are the Surrogates in our program
Surrogates in our program are Canadian women who live anywhere in Canada who are healthy moms.
We understand that healthy is a relative term. In this case, healthy would mean that you’re on no long-term medications. That you are caring for your children whatever age they are. The legal requirement is that you are between that ages of 21 and 45. That you are committed to helping people become parents. And lastly, that you’ve had uncomplicated pregnancies.
Every pregnancy has its moments for sure. But here uncomplicated means that your pregnancies resulted in full term healthy babies!
Surrogates come from all walks of life, and are in all stages of motherhood.
We have women who are single, married, in lesbian partnerships, traditional relationships. Those details don’t matter to become a surrogate.
However, if you’re willing to share, they matter to us. They matter because we want to care for you. We want to make sure that anyone you work with would understand your social situation and would be excited to support you in whatever way makes sense.
However, there is another side to this coin.
Who our surrogates are not
We do have women who come to us who are excited to give their support, but surrogacy may not be a good time for them right now.
And that could mean a number of different things.
Most commonly it would be women who are breast feeding, and don’t plan on stopping in the next six months. We would suggest signing back up with us when your nearing weening just because the clinic requires that you not be breast feeding when you attend a screening appointment.
It also includes women who are on long term medication. While antidepressants are okay, please still apply, the physician may ask that you switch to a more pregnancy safe medication as opposed to the medication that you are currently taking.
So, just something to be aware of, if you are on insulin, high blood pressure medication, those unfortunately are a no go.
While we very much appreciate you signing up, we won’t be able to work with you. However, there are other ways you can still help! We would love your support and for you to share our posts and be be a cheerleader of those of your friends and family that may be interested.
Lastly, if you have participated in a substance abuse program in the last five years, if you have a criminal record, those are items that we just can’t overlook. You would be intelligible to our program.
But please if you have questions, reach out to one of our intake team. We would love to answer more specifically any questions that you may have.