If you’re looking up “How to become a surrogate mother in California,” chances are that you’ve come across a lot of misinformation. The truth is, a lot of people don’t understand the process to begin with, and it’s still controversial in some circles. If you want to know how to become a surrogate mother in California, it’s best to get the information from a reliable source. This is why SPS has chosen to scour the net and put together a list of the top three myths and misconceptions about how to become a surrogate mother in California. Here’s a quick look at some of the things you may have read elsewhere, and why they’re false.

1) Anyone Can Be a Surrogate

Gestational surrogates are thoroughly screened by SPS, and all aspects from  general health, to mental health, and even lifestyle are evaluated. As a basic start, gestational surrogates must be non-smokers between the ages of 21 and 40, who have had at least one healthy pregnancy, and have at least one of their own children living with them. They also have to be financially stable and have reliable transportation.

2) All Agencies Do the Same Things

While many agencies can tell you the basics of how to become a surrogate mother in California, they don’t all do the same things. There are some agencies that simply match up surrogates with intended parents, or who post a list of surrogates and let intended parents choose. SPS is full-service. We work hard to ensure teams are matched up by personality, values, and other important factors so that the process goes smoother. We also screen individuals and provide access to resources along the way. Most importantly, we guide everyone through the process and help facilitate events, so that everything happens when it needs to. From the initial contact and application process, until after the delivery of the baby, SPS is your partner.

3) You Don’t Need a Lawyer

The physical aspects of surrogacy only require compassionate people and the help of a doctor, so technically a lawyer isn’t mandatory. However, certain documents may be filed in advance to establish parenting rights before the baby’s delivery. This is much easier than trying to file for adoption later, and it’s a lot safer than going without a legally-binding agreement. Equally, an attorney can include additional important details in the contract, such as financial arrangements, and stipulations, so that everyone is in agreement before the process begins.

At SPS, we work with expert attorneys, who have backgrounds in surrogacy and understand the nuances of the law. We also work with doctors, psychologists, and numerous other professionals who can help you throughout the process. If you’re still figuring out how to become a surrogate mother in California, you owe it to yourself to get the facts and to have the high-level of protection and guidance that only a reputable and experienced agency can provide. If you have questions or would like to begin the journey, send SPS a message.