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Step 3: Minimum Requirements To Qualify As A Surrogate Mother

While we’d love to take every interested woman on this journey, the truth is that not every woman is qualified to become a surrogate. A surrogacy journey needs to be a safe, healthy, and happy one, and that’s why we have a few requirements for our surrogates to ensure everyone’s goals are met.

As we learned from Step 1: The Basics to Becoming a Surrogate Mother, when a woman agrees to become a surrogate, she commits to much more than carrying a baby. She commits to an in-depth screening and a selfless pregnancy as well as putting her life on hold for sometimes a year to a year and a half. This includes medical and psychological evaluations, background checks, and the matching processes.

Looking to learn more about the basics of surrogacy? We recommend listening to the Fertility Cafe podcast: Surrogacy 101 – When It Takes a Village to Start a Family where host Eloise Drane reviews the requirements of becoming a gestational surrogate.

Although, requirements vary from agency to agency and clinic to clinic, the list below includes most standard requirements from most reputable agencies like Family Inceptions:

Average Clinic/Agency Gestational Surrogate requirements

  • All surrogates should have had an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery for a child of her own. In addition, many agencies and clinics will require that you have raised or currently raising a child of your own
  • Average age of a potential surrogate is normally between 21 to 40 years’ old
  • Yes, you can be a surrogate if you had a cesarean section however many agencies and clinics will limit how many C-sections you can have
  • Your (BMI) Body Mass Index should be within normal range – 30 or under
  • Highly recommended to live in a surrogate friendly state as normally the child you would carry will be born in your home state
  • You should not be on any form of government assistance
  • You cannot be an alcoholic, drug user or use any form of tobacco. Most clinics will require you to be tested
  • You should not have a criminal history. Most agencies will complete a background check on you and your partner
  • You must be in a stable relationship and living in a stable home. You do not need to be married and you can be single
  • You should not have a history of mental illness or taking anti-depression medication
  • You can be a surrogate if your tubes are tied
  • You should wait at least 6 months after you have had a baby in order to become a surrogate
  • You can apply to become a surrogate while you’re breastfeeding however most clinics will not allow you to begin the process until you have completely stopped breastfeeding
  • Some STD can get you disqualified as a surrogate ie. Hepatitis, HIV. You can still be a surrogate if you have herpes, genital warts or have had an STD in the past that has been treated
  • You can’t become a surrogate if you are currently pregnant
  • You should be able to select which intended parents you want to work with

Based on the list above, do you think you will qualify to become a surrogate? See if you meet Family Inceptions’ specific qualifications.

Wondering what the surrogacy process looks like from start to finish? Click here to see the surrogacy journey laid out step-by-step.

Ready to take on this role of a lifetime? Click here to apply to be a surrogate with Family Inceptions, and find out INSTANTLY if you are approved.

Still have questions? Please contact us today to learn more about becoming a surrogate. At Family Inceptions, we have caring and compassionate staff that can help you to understand more about the surrogacy journey and answer the questions that you have about getting started.

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