Four Things That Can Delay Your Surrogacy

breastfeeding-toddlerMaking the choice to become a surrogate can take a lot of time and thought. We know that by the time you make that choice you’re probably ready to move forward quickly. You should note that there are several things that can cause us to have to press pause on your journey. Here are a few of the most common circumstances.

1. Breastfeeding. Make no mistake about this, we love breastfeeding mothers. In fact we find that many of our surrogates are passionate about breastfeeding and mother’s milk. However, we can’t have a potential surrogate progress through screening while she is currently breastfeeding. We encourage you to take your time nursing your child, and enjoy those very special moments. We will be here for you when you’re done.

2. Medications. From time to time, certain medications can cause a delay in your screening. Most commonly we see women who are on implanted birth control methods like Norplant and Implanon needing to have a delay in the screening process. In some cases we need to wait for a set amount of time once you’re off the medications before we can proceed with the IVF process and medications.

3. Court Proceedings. In some instances we are unable to move forward with screening a potential surrogate due to open court proceedings. We will need all proceedings to be closed and final before you can progress with us. This is in order to ensure that you are in a stable legal position before you begin to carry a child for someone else, as this process can have legal implications of its own.

4. Tattoos. It’s OK to have tattoos and be a surrogate. Even so, fresh ink can cause a delay in your journey. If you’ve had a tattoo within the past three months, we’ll need you to wait until that ink is at least 90 days old before we can move forward. This is for your health, as well as the health of the child you’ll be carrying.

Occasionally there are other circumstances that may cause a delay in your journey as well. It is important to us that you are in a stable place in all areas of your life before we get started. Following these guidelines will allow you to have the best overall experience.

Kelly Enders-Tharp was a three time gestational surrogate with Growing Generations. Afterwards, she joined GG as their Marketing and Admissions Specialist.