To be the sole woman a prospective parent puts their trust in when it comes to carrying their child, you must be trustworthy, understanding and flexible. In fact, there are several requirements you need to meet in order to be a surrogate in our program.
Requirements for Surrogate Applicants
The list below details all factors we take into consideration when reviewing your application.
Once we receive your full application and you have been accepted into our program you can be matched within 48 hours.
Surrogate Health Requirements
What you need to know
When you become a gestational surrogate, a couple places their hopes of becoming biological parents with you and your ability to carry a child. They’ll invest a great deal of time, money and emotions into their surrogacy journey — which is why it’s so important that you can give them their best chance at having a child.
One of the most important parts of making sure you’re suitable to carry a child as a surrogate is meeting the health requirements to be a surrogate mother. No matter which agency or professional you work with to become a surrogate, you will be asked to meet certain health and lifestyle standards to ensure that you are physically and mentally prepared for the medical process and a pregnancy free of complications.
Surrogate mother health requirements play the important role of protecting all parties involved in a gestational surrogacy — but especially the gestational carrier.
Basic Health Requirements
So, what exactly are the health requirements to be a surrogate mother?
Surrogacy requirements, including surrogate health requirements, vary from agency to agency and clinic to clinic, but most surrogacy agencies require some sort of screening before you can become a surrogate. These screenings may include:
- Initial Application: Typically completed first, these are basic information forms about you, your desire to become a surrogate and your history with pregnancies and/or surrogacy.
- Background Screening: Surrogacy agencies will usually conduct federal and state background criminal checks.
- Psychological Screening: A psychologist from your agency will interview you and your partner, if applicable, via Zoom to evaluate your mental state and whether you’re emotionally ready to become a surrogate. They may address the emotions you’re feeling now, what you may feel during the pregnancy and how you’ll feel after you give birth to the baby. It’s important that you are prepared for these emotions and that you’re choosing to become a surrogate for the right reasons.
- Surrogate Medical Screening: You will need to visit a fertility specialist to make sure you are physically fit to become pregnant. This will involve lab testing of your blood and urine and an overall examination by the fertility doctor to make sure you’re ready for treatments and pregnancy.
In addition to these health requirements to be a surrogate mother, you will also have to agree to abstain from alcohol, drugs and smoking during your pregnancy to give the unborn child the best chance at a healthy pregnancy and birth. Other medical requirements to be a surrogate will vary by agency, but all agencies require you to have already given birth to a child, have the support of your spouse, partner, family member or friend, in addition to other criteria.
Because you will be trusted with a couple’s chance to become parents, these screenings are necessary to not only put them at ease but also to make sure that you meet the health requirements for surrogacy and that you’re fit to be a surrogate.