Before becoming a surrogate, there’s a lot of information to consider. Here are the most important aspects of surrogacy in Oklahoma that you need to know about:
Oklahoma is one of the few states in the U.S. that has specific laws about gestational surrogacy. As of 2019, the Oklahoma Gestational Agreement Act made gestational surrogacy arrangements legal and contracts enforceable.
Surrogacy is a fertility care technique that is often used when a couple or individual is unable to sustain a pregnancy and/or give birth. This includes those who have some kind of fertility issue, same-sex male couples, and single men. In a gestational surrogacy arrangement, an embryo is created using sperm from the male intended father or a sperm donor and the egg(s) from the female intended parent or an egg donor. Once created, the embryo is transferred into the surrogate’s womb. The surrogate does not have a genetic relationship to the baby and only acts as the person who carries and gives birth to the child. Surrogates are also sometimes referred to as gestational carriers.
Since 2019, Oklahoma features legislation that makes it legal for intended parents and surrogates to pursue surrogacy agreements and create legal surrogacy contracts. Gestational surrogacy falls within these laws, so paid surrogate arrangements are protected.
Your health and safety as a surrogate, along with that of the baby you’ll carry, are our top priorities. That is why Reproductive Possibilities has certain qualifications that surrogates must meet before being accepted into our program. If you’re thinking about becoming a surrogate in Idaho (or any other state), you must fulfill the following qualifications. As a prospective surrogate you must:
Every application that is submitted to our program is reviewed carefully.
The Reproductive Possibilities team has a long history of connecting surrogates with intended parents across the country, including in the great state of Oklahoma. After you’ve submitted your surrogate application, run through the screening process, and have been accepted into the program, it’s time to get matched!
The first part of the matching process involves separate conferences between the Reproductive Possibilities team with surrogates and intended parents. During these individual conferences, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss any preferences you may have, such as the type of family you would like to help or if you want to work with intended parents who live close by. Intended parents are asked similar questions to help them narrow down their preferences as well. If our team feels that a solid prospective match is forming, we’ll schedule a group conference with all parties.
During this group conference, everyone will discuss the most basic tenets of the surrogacy arrangement, such as
If intended parents and surrogates can reach common ground on all of these topics and agree to pursue surrogacy together, then a match has been made.
Completing a surrogate application is the first step toward becoming a surrogate in Oklahoma. Our team checks every application with close care. If we find that you are a good fit for the program, we will reach out directly to conduct a series of interviews in which we get to know your personal and medical details a little better.
Should you have any questions for our team during these interviews, we will be happy to provide answers.
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.