Understanding family-building options
Most children grow up playing house, mirroring what they see around them. They even plan their own future families, deciding how many sons or daughters they will have. But as children grow up, they often learn that life never turns out as you’d planned during your childhood. The traditional family-building options are what we all use to conceive.
Family building has developed new possibilities based on changing lifestyles and medical advances. As a result, the social and legal concepts of what constitutes a family isnow different.
Traditional family-building options
For years, there has been a worldwide discussion about the rising problem of infertility. The most recent statistics show it affects 1.7 million women in the U.S. A recent news story in the U.K. said that 1 in 6 British couples are dealing with infertility issues.
Around the world, there are nearly 400,000 births every day. These babies arrive in a variety of ways, including traditional births. Infertility, in many cases, is treatable. But for those cases when it isn’t, there are other family-building options, thanks to adoption and surrogacy. At CSP, we love witnessing the joy of parents when we present them with the option of surrogacy.
People adopt around 135,000 children each year in the U.S. Most of those adoptions are children from the welfare system, with about one-third being children from other countries. However, many countries are closing down the option of international adoptions.
There is little doubt that adoption into a loving home can change the child’s and the parents’ lives in a positive way. Many families have successfully nurtured and raised their adoptive children to be happy, successful.
But there are realistic concerns that not all parents can handle. Psychological issues in the child may emerge at any time. Not only that, adoption can be a long and tedious process. The costs associated with it can be extensive. Some parents seek a biological connection with their child and adoption does not provide that tie.
Surrogacy as one of the top family-building options
Over the last decade, the number of couples and individuals seeking surrogacy services has quadrupled. Between 2010 and 2014, gestational surrogacy—a surrogate mother with no biological ties to the child—grew by 89%.
It isn’t just infertile couples seeking surrogacy services. LGBTQ couples are seeking surrogacy services more than ever before. It is a way for one of the parents to have a biological connection with the child. CSP has long held the belief that couples and individuals should be able to become a parent. Around 30% of the couples and individuals who seek our services are same-sex couples or singles.
It is important to understand that CSP only works with those who can show a documented history of infertility that they have sought treatment for. This doesn’t apply if the individual are gay males. By maintaining this standard, we can ensure high ethical ideals and professionalism that protect everyone.
Our surrogate mothers are connected to the parents throughout the IVF process and pregnancy. They share a bond with the parents that often lasts years beyond the birth of the child they brought into the world together. It is yet another aspect of familial connection that never existed before the concept of surrogacy.
Creating families is the focus of our work at CSP. We understand the varying concepts of what makes up a family. After nearly 40 years of matching surrogates with parents, CSP provides support and guidance to help you begin your journey as a parent and a family. Contact us to learn more about family-building options.