Surrogacy and Postpartum Support: Caring for Yourself After Delivery

Published on Monday October 30th, 2023 by WCS

Postpartum support and care are essential for anyone who has given birth, and this holds true for gestational surrogates as well. Recognizing the vital role surrogates play in helping others fulfill their dreams of parenthood, it becomes paramount to extend the same level of postpartum care and support to them.

Postpartum self-care practices are not just luxuries but essential components of ensuring the overall physical and emotional well-being of surrogates as they navigate the final phase of the surrogate process. By nurturing their physical recovery and emotional stability, we honor their incredible contribution, creating a supportive environment where surrogates can heal, rejuvenate, and embrace the transformative journey they have undertaken.

Importance of Postpartum Care for Surrogates

The significance of postpartum care for surrogates cannot be overstated, and here are key reasons why it holds such importance:

  1. Medical Monitoring: Postpartum care enables close medical monitoring for surrogates, allowing healthcare providers to promptly address complications such as excessive bleeding or infections, ensuring their physical recovery is smooth and complication-free.

  2. Mental and Emotional Well-being: Postpartum care addresses the emotional and mental health of surrogates. Many individuals experience mood swings, anxiety, or depression after childbirth, and proper care and support are vital. Identifying and managing postpartum depression and anxiety is crucial to safeguard the surrogate's emotional well-being.

  3. Recovery and Rehabilitation: Surrogates undergo significant physical changes during pregnancy and childbirth. Postpartum care provides surrogates with essential guidance on physical recovery, including appropriate exercises, follow-up appointments, and self-care practices. This support aids in the surrogate's overall recovery and helps them regain their strength and well-being.

Postpartum Care Tips for Surrogates

Navigating the postpartum period as a surrogate involves thoughtful consideration and support. Here are essential guidelines to ensure the well-being of surrogates after childbirth:

Physical Recovery & Self-Care

During the postpartum period, surrogates must focus on their health and well-being. Prioritize a balanced diet and ample sleep. Be sure to diligently adhere to medical advice and seek professional help when necessary. Self-care is integral, encompassing physical, emotional, and educational support. By embracing proper planning, transparent communication, and unwavering support, surrogates can navigate the postpartum period responsibly, ensuring their overall well-being and a smooth transition into this new chapter of their lives.

Emotional & Mental Health Support

The surrogacy journey is emotionally unique, with surrogates often experiencing a spectrum of emotions post-birth. Accepting emotional support and considering participation in support groups, counseling, or therapy can immensely aid in coping with this transitional phase.


Open and honest communication between surrogates and intended parents is vital. Discussing concerns and challenges that arise during the postpartum period promotes both physical and emotional recovery. Working together to find solutions fosters a supportive environment.

Support Person or Doula

A postpartum doula or support person offers invaluable assistance, emotional support, and guidance. Having someone dedicated to aiding surrogates during the postpartum period ensures a smoother transition, both practically and emotionally.

Start Your Surrogacy Journey With West Coast Surrogacy

As a boutique surrogacy agency serving California and beyond, West Coast Surrogacy is strongly committed to providing support, advice, and guidance to our surrogates every step of the way, including the postpartum period. Learn more about the surrogacy process by contacting us today at West Coast Surrogacy.