It's important that you and your spouse discuss the pros and cons of surrogacy before you decide to start the process. There are plenty of couples who find it difficult to conceive or start a family. Although adopting a baby is an option, choosing a surrogate mother has its own advantages as it allows the parents to be biologically connected to the child. But, since this is a life changing decision, you must keep the pros and cons in mind when making a choice.
Pros of Surrogacy
If you decide to choose a surrogate mother to start your family, you get to be a part of your baby's conception. You also become genetically linked to the child. If you have tried different fertility treatments and you still can't conceive, you could consider surrogacy as another alternative to adoption. Although there are several surrogacy agencies that will help you find the ideal surrogate mother, you can choose to do your research on your own to avoid paying a huge sum of money to the agency. However, there may be risks involved if you choose to work independently. To avoid these hassles, it may be wise to get in touch with an agency to do the work on your behalf.
Cons of Surrogacy
You may have to spend nearly $5,000 or more to get an agency to find a surrogate mother for you. You will also have to bear the cost of prenatal care and medical examinations. You must perform a thorough background check on the surrogate mother you choose and also carry out complete medical checks so that know you're choosing the right person. Risks are always involved when a surrogacy contract is signed. You may change your mind even after the contract has been signed due to unforeseen circumstances.
You should find out more about the law pertaining to surrogacy in your state. While it's acceptable to pay the surrogate mother a specific sum of money for carrying your child, this gesture may be illegal in some states.