If you’re new to the surrogacy process in Missouri and aren’t sure where to start, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together everything a prospective surrogate from Missouri needs to know about surrogacy, including:
Missouri is one of the country’s few states that does not have any laws respective to surrogacy arrangements. Because of this, surrogacy is generally allowed in the state. In fact, Missouri is considered to be very surrogacy-friendly. However, it is advised that anyone who is considering surrogacy works with an established surrogacy agency, such as Reproductive Possibilities, to make sure that all legal matters will be handled smoothly.
In a gestational surrogacy arrangement, the surrogate mother agrees to carry and deliver a baby on behalf of a couple or individual who cannot achieve pregnancy on their own. Surrogacy is often used in cases where fertility issues or health concerns make pregnancy dangerous or impossible for the intended parents. It is also becoming an increasingly common form of assisted reproduction for same-sex male couples and single men.
The surrogate’s role is only to provide her womb – she does not provide the eggs that will be used to create the embryo(s) and will not be considered the baby’s biological mother. Surrogates become pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF), in which eggs from either the intended mother or a donor are fertilized in a laboratory using sperm provided by the intended father or a donor.
Missouri does not currently have laws in place that address surrogacy, though arrangements are generally allowed to proceed. Because no laws exist at this time, it is advised that anyone seeking to engage in a surrogacy arrangement work with an experienced third-party reproduction agency, like Reproductive Possibilities.
There are certain qualifications that prospective surrogates from Missouri (or anywhere else in the US) must fulfill in order to be considered for our surrogacy program. These qualifications help us determine whether or not surrogacy will be a safe journey for a prospective surrogate and the child she carries:
The Reproductive Possibilities team reviews every application that is submitted to our program with care. If we feel that you meet our requirements and you complete our screening process then you will be welcomed into our surrogacy program. Learn more about surrogate requirements.
Upon acceptance into the Reproductive Possibilities surrogacy program, you will begin the next step in the process: matching with intended parents. The matching process is a carefully thought-out stage that is coordinated by our team. We are proud to have helped to connect many surrogates and intended parents throughout the years and are confident that we can match you with the right intended parents.
We start things off right by having in-depth conversations with each prospective surrogate and intended parent. These conversations help us garner a nuanced understanding of what everyone expects from a surrogacy arrangement, as well as whether or not they have any preferences in terms of the type of person/people they want to work with. Using this information, we look for surrogates and intended parents who share common preferences and expectations. The surrogacy process requires a lot of trust between all parties and emotional intimacy, so it’s crucial that a common wavelength be established from the very beginning.
Once we feel confident that we have a potential match, we coordinate with both intended parents and surrogates to set up an initial meeting. This meeting is a straightforward conversation to discuss some of the most basic details that will factor into the overall arrangement. Some of the questions you can expect to discuss include:
If you and the prospective intended parents can come to an agreement across all of these topics, then congratulations are in order! You have successfully matched with intended parents and are about to begin the adventure of a lifetime.
To learn more, visit our surrogacy process page for surrogate mothers.
Are you an intended parent looking to get matched with a surrogate in Missouri? Visit our Intended Parents page to get started.
Becoming a surrogate in Missouri with Reproductive Possibilities has many benefits. Not only will you receive competitive compensation, but you can also rest assured knowing that we will make sure that you receive payment correctly and on time. We will also help you connect with the best hospitals, clinics, and surrogacy professionals available, whether you live in Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Columbia, or anywhere else.
Plus, because Reproductive Possibilities has experience matching surrogates with intended parents throughout Missouri, we’re often able to match surrogates with intended parents who are already close to home, which is a great benefit for surrogates who want to work with a local family. From beginning to end, we do our best to make sure that the surrogacy process is straightforward and rewarding.
Finally, one of the biggest benefits of becoming a surrogate is the experience in and of itself. There is nothing quite like knowing that you made it possible for someone else to have a child.
Now is a great time to begin your surrogacy journey!
Reproductive Possibilities fully supports surrogates and intended parents at every step of their journey. We are here to answer any of your questions and aid you in the application process. Fill out an application today and begin the journey of a lifetime.