Week 3: Minimum Requirements Needed to Qualify

Welcome to Week Three in our series!

As we learned from Week One, 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. That’s what we’re going to review this week.

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 42 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 – 33 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

Would you like to learn more? Please be sure to come back for Week Three of our series to learn about the differences of working with or without an agency. If you can’t wait for next week, you can fill out this form or call 844-404-BABY.

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