Because surrogacy is still a fairly new process, those who have not been directly involved in the process will likely not understand what you, as a surrogate, will go through. No matter how supportive your friends and family are of your decision, it’s not quite the same as receiving support from someone who has actually been through the process.
Fortunately, there is a growing community of surrogates around the world. If you’re interested in connecting with a fellow surrogate, all you need to do today is go online. There are plenty of surrogacy support groups for you to join and learn from, no matter where you are in your surrogacy journey. In addition to people you can talk to live and through forums, you’ll find plenty of resources on the internet to help you find intended parents and learn more about the surrogacy process.
However, it’s important to remember to contact a surrogacy professional in addition to these online support groups. While these groups will be helpful for connecting with other surrogates, not all of the information posted online may be completely accurate or applicable to your own surrogacy situation.
Once you connect with a surrogacy professional like a surrogacy agency, they will likely be able to provide you more resources for your surrogacy journey. In the meantime, here are some places to look to learn more about surrogacy from those who have been through it:
This online forum of surrogates, intended parents and egg donors provides a wide range of views about every part of the surrogacy process. You’ll find forums where you can ask questions and read responses from those who have been through the process, informative articles about surrogacy and a listing of surrogacy classifieds, including ads from intended parents seeking a prospective surrogate.
This is another online resource where you can connect with former and current surrogates to learn more about the process. In addition to listing classifieds and holding conversations in the message boards, the site also provides examples of surrogate contracts and informational Q&A articles from surrogacy experts.
The website provides prospective surrogates and intended parents a chance to find each other and to connect with surrogacy professionals. Prospective and former surrogates can share their stories through blog posts, as well.
With over 4,000 members, the closed group is the largest community of surrogates and intended parents on the social media platform. Join the group to read others’ stories about surrogacy and ask any questions you may have.
The closed group is another way to connect with surrogates and intended parents in a confidential, direct way.
This group is designed to match intended parents and prospective surrogates.
Like the group above, this closed group allows its almost 3,000 members to match with potential surrogates and intended parents.
While these are all virtual groups, many surrogates say having this sense of community is instrumental in knowing what to expect from their surrogate pregnancy. Knowing there is someone who understands what you’re going through will also help make your surrogacy as stress-free as possible.
Once you find a surrogacy professional to work with, it’s a good idea to ask your social worker to connect you with former surrogates. That way, you can ask whatever questions you’d like and learn more about what you can expect from your upcoming surrogacy process.
Remember, surrogacy is not a journey you should take alone. Don’t be afraid to reach out for support from your friends, family and professional whenever you feel like you need it.
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