When skimming posts on surrogacy, you can come across some very interesting phrases. One that was very telling on surrogacy was “Their pea, my pod.” This is a fantastic way to visualize and understand surrogacy because these four words convey a lot of what the surrogacy experience is all about. This phrase focuses on the function of a surrogate which is to carry an embryo within her womb for a full term pregnancy. It is basically the surrogates pod.
Now what does a pod do? It serves as a protected area where a living being grows. This is precisely the case during surrogacy. The embryo which is made up of the Intended Parents genetic material, is placed into the surrogate’s womb, and it develops within the surrogates “pod”. Granted, if the pod is unhealthy, the baby will not develop in the best way possible. This is why it is very important that a Surrogate live a healthy lifestyle. Her home should be a smoke free environment. Her intimate circle should help her stay clear of all alcoholic beverages as well as caffeine. Another important limitation should be not taking any sort of drugs. During pregnancy there are certain medicines’ that a woman should stay clear of to support the baby’s growth and development.
Eating healthy, well balanced meals and a wide variety of food is essential in order to have a healthy pregnancy. All Omega Family Surrogates are mothers themselves, so they know what they should or should not do regarding the healthy lifestyle that they should have for the sake of the baby. Omega Surrogates have also undergone different types of screening that will provide certainty to the Intended Parents that their surrogate will abide by the activities that ensure the best environment for their baby. If the surrogate should have any questions about food, exercise or medicines that she should take or steer clear of, Omega Family Global has as strong supporting medical staff, case managers, social workers and surrogates that can provide this information to her. Omega Family Global provides 24 hour nonstop support for their surrogates.
Another very important aspect, beside the physical one, is the emotional environment in which the surrogate finds herself during the surrogate pregnancy. It is necessary for a Surrogate to be happy with her own life and willing to give. In this part of the journey it is paramount that the Surrogate’s partner and family agree with what she is doing, and are there to support her. Another resource that an Omega Surrogate has, is the Omega Family Global Staff. She can call them at whatever time she needs support, to talk to an experienced professional that will understand her and provider her with the support she needs when she need it.
The surrogate must have had healthy full term pregnancy/pregnancies herself and she must be willing to take the responsibility of caring for the Intended Parent’s unborn child. This means that the surrogate must attend medical appointments and being reliable with communication. Although this may seem a given, it is very important that the surrogate and her support system be very diligent in complying with what the medical requirements are, and communicating with the Intended Parents as agreed upon.
Omega Family Surrogates understands how important these meetings are and how important it is to follow up, and this is why a case manager and other Omega Family staff are there for the surrogate. She receives well-being calls, reminders and other helpful supporting communications to guide her along the journey. The fantastic thing about it, is that she is not on her own, she has others who care about how she is doing and do everything they can to help her out.
Pregnancy can become emotional and bring out very protective instincts, which are key during the pregnancy. This allows the baby to be protected in the best possible way. Once the baby is born, this protectiveness and attachment, on behalf of the surrogate, must be let go of. This is where family and friends play a vital role in the emotional environment of the Surrogate. It is very important that the Surrogate feel that support and the approval of those who care for her about. Her feelings are to be validated and understood, especially because she has just given birth. She has also provided the Intended Parents with the greatest gift, which is that of having their own child.
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