If you’re thinking about becoming a surrogate in Kansas City, there are some important things you need to know about the process to be a surrogate mother. Surrogacy is not always right for everyone but, if you’re committed to becoming a surrogate, there are several local professionals who can help you get started.

Attorney Kevin Kenney can help any surrogate with the legal aspects of her journey but, for more information about how to become a surrogate mother, he will need to refer you to a local surrogacy agency like American Surrogacy.

A surrogacy agency can help you through every step of becoming a surrogate mother in Kansas or Missouri, which can be a detailed and at times complicated process. An experienced surrogacy specialist from an agency can provide all of the assistance you need as a prospective surrogate.

In order to become a gestational carrier, there are six steps that you’ll need to follow.

1. Decide if surrogacy is right for you and contact an appropriate professional.

Surrogacy is a huge commitment to make. Many times, it’s a process that takes a year or more, through which prospective surrogates will undergo multiple screenings, medical procedures and legal meetings in order to have a successful surrogacy process. Being a surrogate mother will not only impact your own life but your family’s lives as well, so it’s important that all prospective surrogates consider whether surrogacy is really right for them before moving forward.

If you want to be a surrogate mother, Kevin advises that you contact a surrogacy agency to learn more about the process involved. This kind of surrogacy professional will be able to explain the process of becoming a surrogate mother in more detail, as well as discuss whether your personal situation would make surrogacy a good choice for you. They will also be able to help you with the next steps to become a surrogate in Kansas or Missouri.

2. Complete the screening process to be a surrogate.

Before a woman can become a gestational surrogate, she must pass certain screening requirements set by her surrogacy professional. Many surrogacy agencies use the surrogate requirements suggested by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, which involve certain medical requirements like:

  • Being of a certain BMI
  • Having already successfully carried a pregnancy to term
  • Being a non-smoker and having no serious medical conditions

Many surrogacy agencies also have other screening requirements before you can be a surrogate, like psychological testing. Because of the commitment involved in the surrogacy process, all prospective surrogates must be mentally prepared for the potential challenges and rewards ahead of them, and this screening helps ensure that.

Just as you will undergo screening before you can be a gestational surrogate mother, all intended parents are similarly screened to make sure any prospective match is safe and all parties are truly ready to move forward with the process.

If you are considering becoming a surrogate without an agency, this screening is not always completed before finding a match. However, many fertility clinics will require this screening to make sure both parties are prepared for and committed to the surrogacy process before starting the medical procedures.

3. Find intended parents.

After a prospective surrogate has met a professional’s requirements to become a surrogate, she will usually move forward with the matching process to find appropriate intended parents. Many surrogacy agencies have in-house matching programs to help prospective surrogates find the right intended parents for their goals and preferences. A match is made based on each party’s desired characteristics for a surrogacy partner.

After you and intended parents express mutual interest in each other, your surrogacy professional will usually coordinate a phone call or in-person meeting. This gives you the opportunity to get to know your intended parents, ask any remaining questions you have and make sure that a match is right for you.

If you choose to find intended parents without the assistance of a surrogacy professional, all of the advertising and matching responsibilities will be up to you.

4. Draft a legal contract.

Before becoming a gestational surrogate for your intended parents, you will need to complete a surrogacy contract with the assistance of a surrogacy lawyer. If you are working with an agency, they may refer you to an appropriate surrogacy attorney, or you can contact attorney Kevin Kenney at 913-671-8008 today.

Surrogacy contracts provide important legal protections for both surrogates and intended parents, detailing potential risks and liabilities and expectations for both parties. Kevin will represent your interests as your attorney, ensuring you receive the proper surrogate compensation and necessary protections during the process. Even if you are being a gestational surrogate for a friend or family member, you still need to complete a surrogacy contract before starting any kind of medical treatments.

Contact attorney Kevin Kenney today to learn more about the legal steps required in a surrogacy contract and how he can help you complete one.

5. Prepare for and complete embryo transfer.

Once the necessary legal procedure for being a surrogate mother is complete, surrogates and intended parents can move forward with the medical process of surrogacy.

To prepare for an embryo transfer, surrogates will need to take certain fertility medications. Surrogates will typically work with the intended parents’ fertility clinic to prepare for and complete the embryo transfer process, although they can usually use their own obstetrician after a pregnancy is confirmed.

The embryo process itself is a short procedure and, once it is confirmed after transfer, your pregnancy will likely proceed normally.

6. Carry and give birth to the intended parents’ child.

In most surrogacies, a surrogate and her intended parents keep in close contact during the pregnancy. This may involve the intended parents’ being present for certain doctor’s appointments or the surrogate updating the parents about recent developments.

Your surrogacy professional will work with your local hospital to develop a delivery plan that involves the intended parents. Once you have given birth, the baby will go home with the intended parents and your surrogacy journey will be complete. You’ll receive your final surrogate compensation and your surrogacy agency will provide support as you adjust to your post-surrogacy life.

Clearly, there are many steps involved in becoming a surrogate in Kansas or Missouri. Working with a surrogacy professional like a surrogacy agency is the best way to complete these steps and make your surrogacy dreams a reality.

Attorney Kevin Kenney can always provide referrals to trusted local surrogacy agencies, as well as complete the legal process of surrogacy when a surrogate is ready. To learn more today, please call his office at 913-671-8008.