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There are numerous reasons why women choose to become a surrogate mother. If you’re considering becoming a surrogate then the chances are that you’ve already written down a list of pros and cons, but we’re going to help you expand on that list by providing some further benefits of being a surrogate.

1. The Gift of Life

Not everyone realizes how big the act of being a surrogate really is. You’re giving loving people the chance to start a family of their own when they’re incapable of doing so themselves. By taking this opportunity, you can give them the gift of life and they’ll be eternally grateful for this brave and heartwarming decision.

2. Another Journey

Women who decide to become a surrogate believe that being pregnant is an exciting and wonderful journey. However, you might not be in a place to grow your own family (or you’ve already grown it as big as you want to) and by becoming a surrogate, you can go through this journey again without the added pressure of having to raise another child.

3. Be a Role Model

Becoming a surrogate takes a special kind of person. Carrying a child for someone else is a generous and selfless act and usually people around you will respect you and look up to you for taking into consideration other people’s needs.

4. A New Perspective

The surrogate process is rewarding but not without its challenges. Choosing this path will take determination and perseverance. Going through the process will make you see the world from a different perspective. You’ll have more of an open mind, awareness and understanding of people from different walks of life.

5. Self-Confidence

Shortly after bringing new life into the world, you’ll realize you’ve created a miracle. You’ve given someone a chance to have their own family and raise their own child, and that’s really something extraordinary. By having achieved this, your self-confidence will surely achieve new heights.

6. A Second Family

Many intended parents and surrogates will build long lasting relationships throughout the pregnancy and after the birth. This will give you an opportunity to have an ‘extended family’ and create lasting bonds with members of the family you helped to build.

7. Healthcare Access

Once you’ve been matched with intended parents you’ll get access to healthcare. All medical costs related to the surrogacy process will be covered through a dedicated healthcare plan.

8. A Financial Boost

You’ll be given a generous compensation if you qualify to be a surrogate. You can use your compensation to take care of your lifestyle, family, pay off loans or even take a well-deserved break, which can certainly be a benefit worth taking into consideration.

9. Be a Part of a Community

Socializing with other surrogates is a big part of the surrogacy experience and when you decide to become one, you are able to be a part of a community that includes women who have also taken this courageous step. The support group is a great way to connect with other surrogates and receive support throughout your journey.

10. Do Something Special

Ultimately, you are the only person who can decide if this is the right path for you to follow. It’s not an easy decision to make, but regardless of what reasons you have to determine whether or not you want to become a surrogate mother, just know that this is an incredible opportunity to do something special for others and you’re going to be a better person for it.