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How to Become a Gestational Surrogate in Texas

Considering the life-changing path of becoming a gestational surrogate in Texas? You’re in the right place! This guide is tailored to help you understand the essentials of gestational surrogacy in Texas, from meeting the eligibility criteria to navigating the legal landscape and medical procedures. With this roadmap, you’ll be well-equipped to make informed decisions, ensuring a fulfilling and seamless surrogacy journey.

Texas is a friendly state for surrogacy. Surrogacy is legal in Texas and surrogates are allowed to be compensated for their time and expenses.

Understanding Gestational Surrogacy

Firstly, it’s essential to differentiate between traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. As a gestational surrogate, you will not be biologically related to the child you carry. The embryo implanted in your uterus will be created using the egg and sperm from the intended parents or donors.

Requirements to Become a Gestational Surrogate in Texas

The requirements to become a gestational surrogate in Texas vary, but they typically include the following:

  • You must be between the ages of 21 and 40.
  • You must have had at least one successful pregnancy.
  • You must be in good health, including a BMI within a specific range
  • You must be willing to undergo medical and psychological evaluations.
  • You must be willing to sign a surrogacy contract.

Texas Surrogacy Laws

Texas is a surrogate-friendly state with laws that protect both the surrogate and intended parents. Consult with a specialized surrogacy attorney to draft a legally binding contract that covers compensation, parental rights, and medical protocols.

How to Become a Gestational Surrogate in Texas

The first step to becoming a gestational surrogate in Texas is to contact a surrogacy agency, like Family Inceptions. The agency will help you through the process and connect you with intended parents.

The next step is to undergo medical and psychological evaluations. These evaluations will help to ensure that you are healthy and emotionally fit to be a surrogate mother.

Once you have passed the medical and psychological evaluations, you will need to sign a surrogacy contract. The contract will outline the terms of your surrogacy arrangement, such as the compensation you will receive and the rights of the intended parents.

The Surrogacy Process in Texas

The surrogacy process involves IVF treatments, including:

  • Medications and Injections: To prepare your body for pregnancy
  • Embryo Transfer: Where the fertilized embryo is implanted into your uterus
  • Ongoing Care: Frequent medical check-ups throughout the pregnancy

In Texas, the surrogacy process generally spans around 15 months and begins with the creation of embryos by the intended parents, using either their own or donor eggs and sperm. These embryos are subsequently transferred to the your uterus. Throughout the pregnancy, you’re responsible for attending regular prenatal appointments and maintaining optimal health. After the birth of the baby, legal custody is immediately transferred to the intended parents, and the you retain no legal rights to the child.

Surrogacy Compensation and Benefits

Texas doesn’t have specific laws regulating surrogacy compensation, so this should be clearly outlined in your surrogacy agreement. Compensation can vary widely, depending on factors like experience and whether you work through an agency.

Emotional Readiness: Build a Support System

A robust emotional support network is essential. Turn to friends, family, and surrogacy support groups to navigate the emotional aspects of this journey.

Final Steps: Post-Birth Legalities

After delivery, legal steps must be taken to transfer parental rights from the surrogate to the intended parents. This usually involves a pre-birth order that confirms the intended parents as the legal parents upon birth.

Your Path to a Life-Changing Experience

Becoming a gestational surrogate in Texas opens the door to a truly rewarding life journey. 

Ready to take the next step in your surrogacy journey in Texas? Contact Family Inceptions today for a consultation with experienced surrogacy professionals today!

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Eloise Drane
Eloise Drane, Founder

"I believe that we are all placed on this earth for a purpose. Each one of us has a specific calling in this world and although it is different for everyone, we are here to serve one another. My purpose is to help women who wish to become surrogates and egg donors and the hopeful parents who wish to partner with them. I feel very lucky to be living my purpose."