Bringing new life into the world is an unforgettable experience. Providing that precious gift to another family through surrogacy is one of the most empowering decisions you can ever make. However, many women don’t fully understand what surrogacy is or how they can help. So, let’s demystify the surrogacy process.
What is gestational surrogacy? A gestational surrogate is like an oven for a precious bun. She has no genetic relationship to the baby. The surrogate attends appointments at a fertility clinic and takes medications to prepare her body to receive an embryo created through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The embryo is transferred painlessly into her body through a tiny catheter. If the transfer is successful, the surrogate will continue with her pregnancy and be monitored by her regular obstetrician. Upon birth, baby is considered the child of the Intended Parents. Most surrogates continue to have a friendly relationship with the family that they helped.
Can you be a surrogate if you call Maui home? Absolutely! We have worked with many mamas from Maui. This past September, we attended the Maui Baby Expo at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. One of the most common things we heard was, “I didn’t know I could be a surrogate if I lived on Maui.” While you may have to travel to Oahu for some of your appointments, travel expenses are all covered, and you can see your own obstetrician, as well as deliver baby locally.
What are the requirements for being a surrogate? Surrogates should be between the ages of 21-38, have uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, and enjoy being pregnant. The surrogacy process occurs over 12 to 15 months, so you need to discuss this long-term commitment with your family.
What supports are provided for Maui surrogates? Hawaii Surrogacy Center has been supporting surrogates across our entire state for over a decade. We have coordinators on Maui, meaning we are present throughout the entire journey. Surrogate Amy from Kahului said it best, “I love that I got to work with a local agency with someone here on the island to help guide me and my intended Parents.”
There are many local couples that are waiting for a surrogate.
To see if you can help make their dreams of having a family come true, visit www.hawaiisurrogacy.com.
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