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Surrogate Requirements and Qualifications [2021]

June 12, 2018

As a surrogate, you're the vessel by which another couple who can’t conceive on their own will have a child. Lending your literal womb to a straight or gay couple who wants to have a child is a beautiful blessing to both your life and the life of the intended parents.

But what does it take to become a surrogate? And what are the surrogate qualifications? Here we will discuss everything you need to know when it comes to the gold standard of becoming a surrogate.

Qualifications to become a surrogate

While many women want to be a surrogate angel, not every surrogate is qualified to do so. Here’s what you need to know:

Requirement 1: You have a child of your own  

One of the biggest surrogate qualifications is that a surrogate must have a child of their own. This is beneficial in many ways. This will help intended parents avoid complications of a surrogate feeling attached to a child that isn’t theirs because they already have their own sweet ones at home.

Having a child already will also tell the intended parents that you know what pregnancy and motherhood entails. This is valuable for any set of intended parents. One of the biggest surrogate qualifications is that you have children of your own.

Requirement 2: You’ve had at least one healthy pregnancy

When considering becoming a surrogate, it is important to carefully consider your own pregnancy. Surrogate qualifications include a healthy pregnancy for the surrogate in pregnancies past. This will set you up for a great journey, knowing that you’ve already had a successful journey of your own.

This will also give intended parents peace of mind that you will be able to carry their child to term without complications. Though challenges and complications can arise in any journey, even with a successful and health past pregnancy, knowing you’ve handled bearing a child before is a major aspect of surrogate qualifications.

Requirement 3: You have a heart full of love

This is the crown jewel of surrogate qualifications. Any woman who desires to be a surrogate is a generous one. Surrogates are women that are willing to give of their literal self. Becoming a surrogate requires a heart full of love.

This process will not always be easy and challenges may arise. What gets surrogates through the tough spots is love. Having love for the process of childbearing, family rearing, and the intended parents can make a sometimes long journey worth while.

A heart full of love will help a surrogate carry the newborn and carefully place it into the arms of parents who have been waiting years for their arrival.

Requirement 4: You're a U.S. citizen

Surrogacy requires long-term residency or US citizenship due to the extensive medical and legal nature. The IVF journey has many monitoring visits, check-ins, the embryo transfer, and birth. 

Additionally, surrogacy law varies by country (and state). Choosing a surrogate outside of the U.S. or a surrogacy-friendly state adds expenses and legal considerations to the journey. 

Requirement 5: You live a healthy, stable lifestyle

Surrogate candidates should have a strong support system of family and friends. Additionally, surrogate candidates with committed partners should be fully supportive of your surrogacy journey. 

Surrogate candidates shouldn't take psychiatric medications, drink, smoke or consume drugs before or during the pregnancy. Other surrogate qualifications include: 

  • BMI between 18 and 32
  • Not currently using Depo-Provera
  • Age between 21 and 42

Learn more about surrogacy qualifications and requirements

To ensure a happy and safe journey, consider these qualifications. A surrogate with children, a stable marriage, a healthy pregnancy, and a heart full of love will help make dreams come true for any family vying for a child.

When you’re ready to partner with the best surrogacy program in the nation, contact us today.

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