Most people who go through a surrogate pregnancy find that working with an agency to assist with the process has benefits that can’t be beat. While many people opt to work with one, others choose to pursue surrogacy without an agency. But what is it that causes someone to want to work with an agency, and is the decision to do so worth it? Surrogacy in itself is a huge decision and commitment to make, so in today’s blog, we will be going over the pros and cons of working with a surrogate agency in order for you to feel the most comfortable with whichever route you decide to take with your surrogate pregnancy.
What Is a Surrogacy Agency?
A surrogacy agency consists of professionals who help provide you with most (if not all) of the services you need throughout the surrogate pregnancy process. These agencies help you with planning and coordinating your surrogacy journey in order to make it as easy and stress-free as possible for both the surrogate and Intended Parents. This allows both individuals to focus on what matters most — bringing a child into the world and building a family. Surrogacy agencies offer many different services, such as:
- Matching services in order to pair a surrogate with a parent
- Breaking down the process in order to make the surrogacy process comfortable and easy to understand
- Coordination of services and information with clinics
- Screening services in order to ensure that both parties are both mentally and physically ready for the surrogate pregnancy process
- Counseling services in order to provide support to both the surrogate and mother throughout the process
- And more
Looking for a reliable surrogacy agency with a commitment to facilitating the journey for both the parents and surrogate residing in the U.S. or Internationally? Contact us today at Choice Surrogacy with any and all of your questions!
Pros of Working With a Surrogacy Agency
While some people opt to go through with the surrogacy process without a professional surrogacy agency, it requires much more coordination by the surrogate and intended parents, which often leads to increased stress during an already-stressful time. When you don’t work with a surrogacy agency, you are responsible for finding a compatible surrogate or intended parent on your own — which can be a very nerve-wracking process, especially without the screening process for fraud or other health issues. While many parents find a surrogate without the use of an agency successfully, there is always a risk for underlying issues that surrogacy agencies screen for. Without screening, parents may end up investing ample time and money in a match that ultimately ends up failing.
Choosing to work without a surrogate agency also prevents surrogates and parents from receiving support that need from an outside source during this complex process — especially if they are new to the surrogacy process and how it works. An experienced surrogacy agency will be there to help guide you through every single step of the process, and take care of all the little details so you can rest assured you will have a much smoother, less stressful surrogacy experience.
Cons of Working With a Surrogacy Agency
When people decide to go through the surrogate pregnancy process without an agency, it is typically because of the potentially lower cost. When potential parents work with a surrogacy agency, they have to pay certain fees in order for the surrogacy professionals to assist them with every step of the process. However, while the cost of going through a surrogacy agency might be a little spendy, they do offer unparalleled services for both the surrogate and potential parent.
While agencies offer exceptional services in order to make surrogacy a smooth process for both the surrogate and potential parent, going without an agency does allow for more risk and responsibility for both parties, which some see as a disadvantage. For someone who loves being responsible for every single step of the journey and enjoys taking the matters and management of their doctor, nurses, psychologist, both surrogate and intended parents attorneys, into their own hands, surrogacy without an agency might be a more reasonable route to take.
So, Which Route Do I Take?
After taking a look over the pros and cons of working with a surrogacy agency, it is ultimately your decision as to whether or not it is the route you would like to take. Regardless if you have been through the surrogacy process before or not, it isn’t a bad idea to at least contact a professional surrogacy agency if you are considering a surrogate pregnancy. This will help you to learn more about the services they offer, if they can meet your goals, if you feel as though you are a good fit to work with an agency, and to help you determine whether or not it is a smart idea to go through this process on your own. You can still reach out to an agency if you have found the person you would like to be your surrogate/intended parent as well, and find that you can still benefit from the other services that an agency can offer during the incredible journey of the surrogate pregnancy process.
If you have any further questions about surrogate pregnancy or surrogacy agency services, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our professional team at Choice Surrogacy today. We would be more than happy to assist you with any and all of your surrogacy needs.