Raising a child is one of the most fulfilling things one can experience in his or her lifetime. Unfortunately, based on recent statistics, 20% of couples are childless, not by choice, but by painful chance. These childless couples turn to assisted reproduction. If you want to be part of the solution to help couples who are denied the experience of parenthood, here are some options.
You can provide couples without children a chance of having a kid of their own by offering to become a surrogate mother. There are several good things one can get from being a surrogate. First, offering to carry a baby to term is the best gift humanly possible you can give to a childless couple, and as a result it can provide you with a wonderful sense of self-fulfillment. As strange as this may appear to you, some women love the experience of pregnancy. They find the experience so powerful that they want to experience it again. Being a surrogate lets them feel the wonders of pregnancy, while also doing something altruistic.
Altruistic surrogacy is basically helping childless couples without financial gain, but, the surrogate typically gets a reimbursement of the expenditures related to the pregnancy and birth, and not a dime more after that. However, in some jurisdictions, some surrogates are given thousands of dollars to carry and deliver a child that may or may not be genetically related to them. In such case, it is known as commercial surrogacy.
Surrogacy is a physically stressful, time consuming, and emotional technique. Hence, if you would like to become a surrogate mother, you must undergo rigorous mental and physical health screening before you start. Reputable surrogate agencies facilitate or administer these screening services, as well as counseling and legal services.
Be an egg donor
Women who have donated eggs experience a strong sense of pride from helping an infertile couple. Just like surrogacy, not all ladies can donate eggs. Programs can differ in terms of what qualities are favored, but commonly, egg donors must be a specific age, usually between 21 and 35. Some programs choose to have donors who have already given birth or successfully donated eggs.
Being an egg donor will also involve a number of medical visits, which will include things like physical and psychological screening, before you are taken into the program. The donation will only take place once you are assessed, accepted, matched with an intended parent, and have given your consent.
Without a doubt, it takes an exceptional and compassionate lady to contemplate helping couples who are unable to have a child. While both opportunities to help others are not without risk, nothing beats playing an active role in granting a family’s dream.