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5 Common Myths About Surrogacy

Updated: Feb 13, 2021

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Nevada is a green-light state for surrogacy. That means surrogacy is permitted for all parents, pre-birth orders are granted throughout the state, and both parents will be named on the birth certificate. Different states have different rules regarding surrogacy and some states do not offer compensated surrogacy contracts. While many people believe that surrogacy laws are the same in every state, that is not the case. In fact, there are quite a few beliefs surrounding surrogacy that aren't quite true.

Genesis Rising in Nevada is 100% committed to educating potential surrogates in the reality of surrogacy. Here are a few more myths you should know.

  1. Surrogacy only happens in the lives of celebrities and the very wealthy. This is not true - by a long shot. In fact, there is not one determinable cost for surrogacy. Surrogacy fees can vary drastically depending on each individual situation. For example, if the intended parent is using her own egg instead of requiring an egg donor, the cost changes. If the surrogate is found through an agency, the intended parents pay a different amount than if a friend or family member is acting as the surrogate. There are also medical costs and health insurance elements to factor into the overall cost. Some insurance carriers do not offer coverage for surrogacy events. In other situations, a surrogate may carry great health insurance that does provide surrogacy medical coverage. These factors can really change the cost for the intended parents.

  2. Surrogacy is often chosen by women who don't want to risk losing their figures during pregnancy. Surrogacy is not a go-to choice for women. The women who choose surrogacy often have suffered loss after loss during pregnancy or experienced several failed attempts at carrying a baby. The inability to conceive or carry a child has a significant emotional impact on women who choose surrogacy. Temporary weight gain and stretch marks are of little consequence if it means that they can expand their families. Physical appearance is of little to zero concern.

  3. Anyone can be a surrogate. This is false. There is a lengthy list of criteria for a woman to become a surrogate. Age and Body Mass Index are considered, the health and reproductive health of the applying surrogate is reviewed, the home life and emotional stability of applicants is also considered. To find out if you qualify for surrogacy through Genesis Rising - click here.

  4. The baby biologically belongs to the surrogate mother. Again not true - not always anyway. There are different types of surrogacy and it is not often that surrogate women are carrying a biological child. Most of the time, the woman an egg from the donor (or intended parent). The biological relationship of the child is almost always to the intended parents.

  5. The surrogate has the right to take custody of the child she is carrying. Again, not true. The laws surrounding surrogacy recognize the intended parents as the legal parents. Surrogates and gestational carriers are always completely aware that the legal rights to the child are not hers and that she cannot parent the child.

If you are considering applying to become a surrogate, Genesis Rising wants you to be completely comfortable and secure in your decision. We will provide detailed information so that you understand every aspect of surrogacy, from beginning to end. If you have questions, please contact us now.

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