How To Talk To Your Family About Becoming a Surrogate

Becoming a surrogate and helping another family grow is a life changing experience for everyone involved. When a woman becomes a surrogate, not only does she begin this journey, but her entire family – and her close community – do as well. Ensuring a surrogate has surrounding support from her husband or partner, kids and family is an important part of the decision-making process.

How To Talk To Your Husband or Partner About Being a Surrogate

If you’re interested in becoming a surrogate, you may want to consider bringing the topic up to your husband or partner as early as possible. Think about what got you interested in surrogacy in the first place: do you have a friend who was a surrogate and loved her experience? Do you know someone struggling with infertility and think you can help? Do you want others to feel what you felt when you had your own babies? Whatever brought the idea of being a surrogate to you, that’s what you can share with your husband/partner. What’s important to you, will be important to them.

 

It’s a great idea to involve your husband or partner in your surrogacy experience from the very beginning. Sitting down together to research surrogacy, how much a surrogate gets paid, surrogacy agencies and more will enable you to learn together about what’s to come. Write down a list of questions together that you’d like answers to. Listen to the concerns your partner may have, and explore and educate yourselves together.

At Circle, part of the surrogate application process is having the surrogate’s primary support person (usually her partner or spouse if she’s married) partake in an hour-long call with a social worker. This call allows the partner/spouse to ask questions, voice and concerns, and hear first-hand what to expect during a surrogacy journey, and what his/her responsibilities will be.

If you’re passionate about becoming a surrogate, share that with your partner/spouse. Show them how amazing surrogacy is, and the impact that it has on others.

How to Talk To Your Kids About Surrogacy

Some of the best advice we’ve heard from our experienced surrogates about telling their children about their surrogacy journeys is to be open, honest, and age-appropriate. The way you share with your 4-year-old about being a surrogate is going to be different than how you tell your 11-year-old. Remember what you’re doing is an amazing thing, and that should come across in your tone and voice and words.

No one knows your children better than you do, so you’ll know the right time – and right way – to tell them about your surrogacy. Just starting the conversation is a great first step; letting your children know that you have friends who need help having a baby and that you are thinking about helping them have a wonderful family. It’s also a great time to show your children how important it is to be a giving and compassionate person. Introduce your children to your intended parents so they can see who is getting the baby their mama is carrying. 

As you begin to show your pregnancy, it may become more real to your children and require additional conversations about how you are not keeping the baby because it is not yours, and how the baby will not be coming home from the hospital to live in your house (this is especially true with younger children). Referring to the baby as “So and So’s baby” will help.

Involving your children in the process is a great way to help them understand what surrogacy – and being a surrogate – is all about. Invite them on video calls with your intended parents so they can continually see who will be the baby’s parents, have them name your surro babe or even read or sing to the baby.

See how our surrogates have shared their journeys with their children in this blog post.

How Does Surrogate Pay Work

When sharing your decision to become a surrogate with family and friends, the topic of compensation – and how much does a surrogate make – will likely come up. Surrogates are compensated for their emotional, mental and physical dedication to the surrogacy journey. 

Surrogate pay consists of a base pay of $30,000-$40,000, plus additional payments and benefits for a total of up to $50,000-$60,000 or more. And while the financial benefits of being a surrogate are wonderful, money is not the motivating factor for women who become surrogates; women become surrogates because of their desire to help others have what they love so much: being a parent.

Here is a great breakdown of surrogate pay and how it works. You can also share this video with family and friends.

Books About Surrogacy

A great way to introduce the concept of surrogacy to your children (and family!) is by reading books together. There are many books available covering the topic of surrogacy that can become part of an activity you do together.

 

Here’s a short list of books that surrogates can share with their families:

Answering Questions About Surrogacy

When you’re ready to share the news about being a surrogate outside of your inner circle of support, you should be ready to answer all types of questions. Hopefully everyone you share your news with will be happy for you, but you may encounter some people who are not as familiar, or who have different thoughts. Oftentimes people who are not as accepting of surrogacy may not fully understand it, or know enough about it. Educating them is key, and sharing why you are doing what you are doing. This blog post is a great resource filled with tips about sharing your journey and answering questions about surrogacy.

Thinking about applying to become a surrogate? Learn more about surrogacy and the process at Circle by clicking here. You can also learn more about what a surrogate’s primary support person does on our website.


And if you’re ready to apply, we’re ready to chat with you! Fill out your application here.