Embarking on a surrogacy journey is a profound and selfless act that brings together the dreams of intended parents and the generosity of surrogates. While the journey doesn’t end with delivery, reputable agencies like Elevate ensure that surrogates receive comprehensive support during the postpartum period. In this article, we’ll explore what surrogates may expect after delivery, highlighting the emotional, logistical, and practical aspects of this crucial phase.
Emotional Transition and Support
After the delivery of the baby, surrogates may experience a mix of emotions. While the joy of fulfilling a family’s dream is paramount, it’s natural to feel a sense of attachment to the newborn, intended parents, and the process in general. Reputable surrogacy agencies understand these emotions and provide ongoing psychological support to help surrogates navigate this transition. Monthly surrogate support meetings and access to counseling services can play a crucial role in addressing any emotional needs that arise.
Breastfeeding and Post-Delivery Care
The specifics of post-delivery care are often outlined in the birth plan agreed upon by surrogates and intended parents. While every situation is unique, some intended parents may request that the surrogate breastfeeds or pumps milk for the newborn. This arrangement can provide essential nutrients to the baby and create a unique bond between the surrogate and the child. Agencies like Elevate help facilitate this process by assisting with the arrangement of breast pumps and coordinating the shipment of breast milk if desired. It’s important to note that providing breast milk usually involves additional compensation.
Postpartum Recovery and Relaxation
Directly after the delivery, intended parents may have a private room where they can bond with their newborn. This arrangement allows the surrogate, who has just given birth, an opportunity to relax and recover. The postpartum period is a time for physical healing, and reputable agencies ensure that surrogates have access to medical coverage for postnatal appointments for at least three months after delivery.
Legal and Administrative Processes
Surrogacy journeys involve legal and administrative processes that vary from state to state. While most of the legal formalities are managed during the pre-birth phase, there might be additional paperwork required after delivery. This could involve vital records or notarized documents, although the majority of responsibilities often fall on the intended parents. Reputable agencies guide surrogates through these processes, ensuring a smooth transition while safeguarding their rights and responsibilities.
Reconnecting with Your Family
The postpartum period presents a valuable opportunity for surrogates to reconnect with their own families. After the selfless act of carrying and delivering a baby for another family, surrogates deserve a period of reflection and bonding with their loved ones. This time can be used to rest, recuperate, and receive the gratitude and admiration of those around them.
The journey doesn’t truly end with the delivery. At Elevate, we understand that the well-being of the surrogate is paramount. Offering ongoing psychological support, medical insurance coverage, and assistance with medical billing, we ensure that surrogates feel cared for long after they’ve delivered the baby.
The postpartum period of a surrogacy journey is a unique and significant phase that involves both emotional and logistical considerations as surrogates transition from pregnancy to postpartum. As surrogates continue to provide the gift of life, they can trust that they will be nurtured and supported every step of the way. To learn more about becoming an Elevate Surrogate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 323.933.8918. You can also complete our 2-minute initial online application HERE.