Psychological Aspects of Surrogacy
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Giving birth to a child has a large impact on a woman, whether it is her own child or for another couple as a surrogate. Because the choice to become a surrogate is such a big decision, it is important to determine how it will impact your life. Read on as we explain the psychological aspects of surrogacy.
Before being able to be a surrogate, you and your partner, if you have one, will spend time with a psychological counselor. The counselor will go over all of the potential risks of surrogacy with you and how it could affect your work, marriage, relationships, and even your existing children. The psychological counselor will need to get to know you as a person in order to determine if surrogacy is a good choice for you and to be able to match you with intended parents.
Since having a baby is such a personal thing, it is important that you're not blindly paired up with intended parents. You will want to make sure you are working with intended parents you can get along with well, and they will want to make sure of the same when choosing a surrogate. You will be keeping in touch often throughout the pregnancy, and many choose to continue a relationship even after the birth.
In order for a woman to carry a child as a surrogate and not have it affect their lives negatively, they must possess certain important traits. The screenings by counselors are to help eliminate those with low self-esteem, depression, and other disorders that will interfere with the process for the surrogate as well as intended parents.
Surrogates must be able to think independently, have good self-esteem, and have a great support system, just to name a few.
Surrogacy can be a very fulfilling experience, but it is essential to be sure the process will only affect your life in a positive way.