Single Parent Surrogacy

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The desire to create a family can call out to anyone, whether they have a spouse or intend to be a single parent. Surrogacy is one way for single intended parents to achieve their life goal of having a child.

Surrogacy offers intended parents the ability pass along their own genetics and to be involved in their child’s life from the moment of conception. Surrogacy also allows you to be matched with a surrogate that you can build a strong relationship with and to be a part of the pregnancy from the day of the embryo transfer through the delivery.

Surrogacy Process

Moving through the surrogacy process with Growing Generations as a single intended parent is almost the same process as with a partner. You will still create a profile, complete your screening process, match with a surrogate, select an egg and/or sperm donor (if applicable), etc.

Following profile acceptance, you will have the opportunity to meet with your surrogate over video conference or in person. Use this opportunity to express any concerns you may have, have your questions answered, and as a chance to get to know your surrogate on a personal level. Building a foundation of trust is very important. In fact, many of our single intended parents tell us they wind up forming strong bonds with their surrogates that are personal and sincere.

Single Parent Surrogacy Laws

Generally, surrogacy laws in the United States are similar for single parents as they are for couples. There are some nuanced differences from state to state, and you’ll have a legal consultation with an attorney who specializes in this area of law to understand your options.

Considerations

Single or coupled, the decision to become a parent is always a complex, emotional one with many considerations. Having a child through surrogacy is a dream you can achieve as a single person.

While some societal stigmas surrounding being a single parent still exist, you shouldn’t let those stop you from becoming a parent. Research has proven that children need just one stable, invested adult in order to thrive.

If you have any questions about single-parent surrogacy, Growing Generations has experts available to speak with you, so please contact us for more information.

 

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Conari Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.