What Does It Take To Be A Surrogate?
Nothing about surrogacy is easy, and it isn’t a quick process. It takes a great medical and mental health history, flexibility, and great responsibility to help a family in need.
Medical & Social Criteria
Below is a list of medical criteria all candidates must meet in order to be approved as a Surrogate. These guidelines are set forth by professional guidelines and fertility physicians who work with Surrogates. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive, but does cover the majority of major considerations.
– Must be age 21-40 years old
– Must have delivered a baby in the last 10 years
– Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
– Must have a great pregnancy history without significant complications
– Must have had no more than 2 deliveries via caesarian section
– Must consent to a background check for herself and adults living in her home
– Must have a stable home life, strong support system and reliable childcare
– Should not have a recent history of smoking or vaping
– Should be willing to refrain from any alcohol during pregnancy
– Should not take prescription medications recreationally or use illicit drugs
– Should be financially stable
– Should not have had an endometrial ablation or the Essure® procedure
– Should not be taking medications that are labeled Category D or Category X
– Should not be taking antipsychotics, anti-anxiety or anti-depressants
– Should have flexibility for 3-6 morning appointments
– Should understand that daily injections for up to 12 weeks may be necessary
– Should have no plans for international travel in the next 18-24 months