With the increase in the number of intended parents who have turned to gestational surrogacy to grow their families, information on the process has become increasingly available. Despite gestational surrogacy being an excellent option to help many different types of intended parents, whether they may be single parents, couples dealing with infertility, or parents in same sex relationships, there are still many misconceptions about the surrogacy process.

The gestational surrogacy process does involve many steps, and for that reason, it can be confusing. For those looking into gestational surrogacy to achieve their dreams of having children, or for those looking to become a gestational surrogate, it’s likely you’ve heard some of these widespread misconceptions before. Some common myths (and truths) about gestational surrogacy include:

Myth 1: Gestational surrogates are the biological mothers of the child

One common myth about gestational surrogacy is that because a surrogate is carrying the child, she must be the biological mother of the child as well. However, this is not true. Because the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) is used in gestational surrogacy to implant fertilized embryos into the gestational carrier, the real biological mother is simply the woman whose eggs were used in IVF. For this reason, gestational surrogacy is appealing to many intended parents because they are often able to maintain a genetic link with their child that the gestational carrier carries.

Myth 2: Gestational surrogacy can only help intended parents who are infertile

Some people may also hold the belief that gestational surrogacy is only used to help intended parents dealing with infertility, but this is also not true. It is true that gestational surrogacy is a great option for intended parents dealing with infertility, but this is not the only scenario it may be used for. In fact, for intended parents who are in same sex relationships or single intended parents, gestational surrogacy is a great option for having children when it might have seemed impossible to do so.

Myth 3: Becoming a gestational surrogate is easy and any woman can do it

Not just any woman can become a gestational surrogate — she has to meet a set of requirements. For example, some of these requirements include, but are not limited to: being between 21 and 41 years of age, having already had a complication free pregnancy and successful delivery in the past, currently raising a child, and living a stable lifestyle with transportation and a support network. Along with meeting these requirements, gestational surrogates often need to become connected with a surrogacy agency like Hellobaby Surrogacy to match with intended parents. Therefore, the process is not fit for everyone.

Myth 4: Intended parents won’t have a strong bond with their child

Another misconception that some people may have about gestational surrogacy is that the intended parents will not have the same bond with their child that a regular pregnancy builds. Because another woman is carrying the child, some people may think the child who is born will have a stronger attachment to her than their actual mother. However, this factor does not mean that intended parents’ bond to their child will be any less valuable. Many intended parents have been hoping to have a child of their own for so long. Therefore, when this hope is finally realized, the parents will nurture the parent-child bond to become even stronger.

Myth 5: Gestational surrogacy is too complicated

While it’s true that there are a few steps associated with the gestational surrogacy process, it is by no means too complicated for a family. In fact, surrogacy agencies like Hellobaby are specifically available to help make the process as smooth as possible. Reaching out to a surrogacy agency can help to guide the entire gestational surrogacy process along and keep things on track.

Interested in Gestational Surrogacy?

If you are interested in or have questions about becoming a gestational carrier, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We will help to make sure you have legal representation, medical care, and hands-on support throughout the entire surrogacy process.

Becoming a gestational surrogate is a life-changing and super rewarding experience. We would love to support you through the journey and match you with possible intended parents!