There are many couples that would love to have children, but yet for some reason or another they are not able to. These couples, called Intended Parents, usually go through great lengths to have a child. Once they realize that they cannot get pregnant naturally, they go the medical route creating their embryo and Invitro-fertilization. If this works, they have their child and all is well, but if invitro does not work? What then?
Family Creation Options
There is always the possibility of adopting, but what if they would like their child to look like them, or this is not something they are willing to consider? This would clearly rule out the possibility of adoption, and if the medical procedures have already taken place but they are not effective, what can be done?
This is when surrogacy comes into the picture. Surrogacy is a family creating option where a woman (surrogate) allows and embryo to be implanted into her uterus and she carries the baby to full term. When the baby is born, the baby is handed over to its biological parents, allowing a couple to have a son or daughter who is genetically related to them.
Surrogacy as the chosen Family Creation Option
When choosing surrogacy, the intended parents look for the most natural way of creating their child. Now, how will the intended parents who have already created an embryo, find a surrogate that would do this for them? How do they learn about the surrogacy journey?
This is the purpose that Omega Family Global and its affiliated company Omega Family Surrogates. Omega finds a suitable match between the Intended Parents and a surrogate. Omega has been a leader in finding surrogates that fit the needs and wants of Intended Parents. All of Omega’s surrogates have undergone screening and are a perfect fit to carry the Intended Parent’s baby. For Omega, taking care and matching the needs of both the surrogate and the intended parents is vital for an excellent family creating journey.
Before finding a match with a surrogate, the intended parents will have already created an embryo which usually results from the mother’s ovum being fertilized by the father’s sperm in a laboratory. Although the fertilization needs to occur in a laboratory the child’s development does not. The child's development occurs naturally within the surrogate mother's womb.
What does Omega Family search for in a surrogate?
A surrogate will take care of the unborn baby during the pregnancy. Everything she does will have an impact on the baby’s natural growth, and her day to day activity will be vital to the baby’s development. This is why Omega goes through great lengths to take care, nurture and support the chosen surrogate through the whole journey. The chosen surrogate must have the following characteristics to be able to enter the program and help Intended Parents.
- Unselfishness: Mothers tend to put their children's priorities first before their own. In this case, a surrogate must understand that the baby she is carrying is in no way her own, and that once born, the baby will be released to his/her biological parents, not the surrogate. The baby is not hers to keep and nurture.
- Not wanting more children of her own: Although the whole medical part of surrogacy is safe, there is a chance that the surrogate may lose her fertility after giving birth. The surrogates’ well-being is very important to Omega, and everything is done for the women to understand what lies ahead, so that no surprises arise in the future.
- Having had an uncomplicated pregnancy: Pregnancy affects women in different ways; some pregnancies are very simple, and some are plagued with discomfort. It is important that a surrogate has had uncomplicated pregnancies so that the risks of a complicated surrogacy pregnancy become minimal.
- Age: Omega Family Global considers that women who do not wish to have more children of their own and are in a healthy physical state range from the age of 21 to 36 years of age. The reasoning behind this is that we want the surrogate to feel comfortable, and have the pregnancy develop as smoothly as possible.
- Body Mass Index - BMI: BMI is a measurement of a person's leanness or corpulence based on their height and weight, and is intended to quantify tissue mass. This measurement tells us what the relationship between the body's components and the presence of fat. There is a healthy ratio of fat that must be present in a women's body to go through a pregnancy. To guarantee the surrogates’ safety and comfort, Omega Family Global requires a BMI less than or equal to 30. This rating affects both underweight and overweight women.
6. Location: Just like in real-estate—location, location, location! Only a few states regulate surrogacy as a paid family service. Currently (March 2019) Omega Family Surrogates works in the the following states because they regulate and protect surrogacy: California, Nevada, Texas, and Washington State. Only if you reside in these states legally will you be eligible to work with Omega Family Surrogates.
If you would like to become an Omega Surrogate, apply now. If you would like to know how the surrogacy process works from a surrogates point of view, click on the following button.