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How to become a surrogate mother

When you think about becoming a surrogate mother, many questions arise. How to become a surrogate mother? How long is the process? and What does the procedure involve? Here you will find information to help you make the right decision depending on your circumstances. 


By becoming a surrogate mother, you can help someone to achieve their dream of being a parent. If you want to give the surrogacy gift to a lucky individual or couple, we can help you during the process. Apply now!

Surrogate mother process

A surrogate mother is a woman who carries a baby for an individual or couple (intended parents) unable to conceive a baby on their own for different reasons. 

There are two types of surrogacy: traditional surrogacy and gestational surrogacy. 

  • A gestational surrogate or gestational carrier does not use her eggs and is not biologically related to the baby or babies she carries and delivers.

  • A traditional surrogate uses her eggs and is artificially inseminated using donated sperm of sperm from the intended father. Therefore, the surrogate has a genetic relationship with the baby she carries and delivers.

At First Step Surrogacy, we only focus on gestational surrogacy. 

What is the surrogacy process?

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Generally, the surrogacy process involves seven steps: pre-screening, consultation, matching, medical screening, legal process, medical procedure, and pregnancy. 

  1. Pre-screening: First, you fill out an application. If your application is selected, you pass through pre-screening tests such as medical and background checks.

  2. Consultation: You will have a reunion in person, via video, or by call, depending on your case, with a social worker or case manager who will offer a complete surrogacy consultation.

  3. Matching: Your profile gets matched with the intended parents. Once we identify a good match, your profiles exchange, and you can have a video call to determine if you are willing to partner.

  4. Medical Screening: You have a medical screening appointment at the in vitro fertilization clinic (IVF) to check your health.

  5. Legal process: You have negotiations with your lawyer, who does the legal contracts and paperwork, according to your agreement with the intended parents.

  6. Medical procedure: You will begin receiving surrogate medications and attend doctor appointments to monitor if your body responds well to the treatment. Once your body is ready, you will have the embryo transfer. After the specialist transfers the embryo, if everything goes well, it gets implanted and results in a successful pregnancy. 

  7. Pregnancy: You will have some pregnancy tests to confirm you are pregnant. After that, you will have an ultrasound and routine doctor appointments to ensure you and the baby are healthy. 


Families looking for surrogate mother

As a surrogate mother, you can help intended parents from diverse ethnicities, backgrounds, and sexual orientations to build their families.

Some families looking for surrogate mothers can include:

  • A single intended mother unable to have a pregnancy

  • A single intended father

  • An LGBTQIA+ couple dreaming of having a family

  • A couple who has a health condition that could impede pregnancy or make it dangerous

  • A heterosexual couple who has struggled to carry a pregnancy


Surrogacy Requirements

First Step requires each surrogate applicant to meet specific qualifications in order to be accepted into the surrogacy program of the society for reproductive medicine. Below is a list of minimum requirements, although each surrogacy application is considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have additional questions about our surrogate mother requirements, please feel free to address them with a surrogacy professional during your consultation. 

Application and Background

  • Complete an in-depth application and personal interview with First Step that includes details about family life, employment, medical history, medical screenings, and motivation for being a surrogate

  • Be a citizen of the United States and between the ages of 21-45.

  • Live in a state that is surrogacy friendly. States where surrogacy is illegal to include: Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, and Wyoming.

  • Pass a criminal background check (for both surrogate and partner if applicable)

Health Reviews

  • Complete a full medical record review by IVF physician including previous pregnancies and deliveries, with completion of at least one full-term pregnancy and delivery.

  • Complete and pass medical examinations that include an intrauterine ultrasound and infectious disease screening with written consent from OBGYN to carry a pregnancy.

  • Have not had a past occurrence of serious pregnancy complications. We value the mental health and safety of our surrogates and the babies they carry so we do not accept surrogates with a history of pregnancy complications.

  • Do not have any health conditions that can become worse with pregnancy

  • Be in overall good health with BMI of 35 or less

Evaluation and Insurance

  • Complete and pass a drug screening of drugs and nicotine. 

  • Complete psychological evaluations (for both surrogate and partner if applicable) and not have any psychiatric illness.

  • Receive third-party review and pre-approval of health insurance policy to determine if an existing policy can be used for surrogate pregnancy.

  • Be financially fit with no form of government financial assistance and be in a healthy living situation.


Become a surrogate near me

How become a surrogate near me? When you go through the matching process, you can specify your preferences, for example, if you want to match only with local individuals or couples. 


If you are wondering how to become a surrogate mother near me, you are not alone. 

Many women prefer to be a surrogate in their local area for many reasons. For example, they can create closer relationships with the intended parents; they find it easier to attend doctor appointments and make all the arrangements necessary in surrogacy, such as the legal paperwork.


One advantage of choosing a local agency such as First Step Surrogacy is that we have a personalized service, understand and value Miami and South Florida's regional cultural diversity, and are bilingual.


How can Surrogate agencies help you?

Surrogate agencies can help you through the matching process, selecting intended parents that meet the surrogates' criteria. Also, they can help you during the surrogacy process by finding you the accessory and support you need, from lawyers specializing in surrogacy to psychologists, social workers, doctors, and other specialists.

First Step Surrogacy is one of the top Surrogate agencies in South Florida. We have decades of experience helping create new families through surrogacy. Our past surrogates recommend our service because they had an excellent experience with us. 


We want to provide the most rewarding and safe surrogacy experience possible for the surrogates and intended parents. Let us take your hand on your surrogacy journey.


Our surrogate agency provides you with a comprehensive compensation package, support, and legal advice with the warmth of a small boutique agency. That’s why many women have chosen us as their surrogacy agency. 


If you consider becoming a surrogate, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always happy to speak with potential applicants.

Surrogate mother process-First Step Surrogacy Agency

How to become a surrogate mother without an agency?

Some potential surrogates wonder how to become a surrogate mother without an agency. That’s a common question many surrogates have. Although becoming a surrogate without an agency is entirely possible, it will come with more responsibilities and research to make the right decisions. 


The main four steps to becoming a surrogate mother without an agency are deciding if surrogacy is right for you, finding intended parents, completing the screening process, and arranging the details of the surrogacy process (including the payments, clinics, psychological support, legal advisors, and so on). 


As you can see, although becoming a surrogate mother without an agency is possible, in most cases is not advisable due to the increased likelihood of complications and the complex arrangement among all the professionals involved in the process.


However, surrogacy is a crucial and personal decision. So, take your time, carefully research the surrogacy process, weigh all the pros and cons, and ultimately follow your heart. If you have doubts, you can contact us. We can give specific details about the process and obstacles you may encounter and how to face them.


Disqualifications for surrogacy

If you are considering becoming a surrogate mother, it is advisable to recognize the disqualifications that wouldn’t allow you to be selected as a surrogate. 

Surrogate mother application form-First Step Surrogacy Agency

The main disqualifications for surrogacy are:

  • You had significant complications during pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, placental abruption, and more.

  • You had preterm delivery (except twin pregnancies).

  • You have a BMI higher than 30.

  • You or your partner have felonies on your record.

  • You are in the middle of a divorce process.

  • You have more than five prior deliveries (with some exceptions).

  • You have or had mental health issues (except postpartum depression or a temporary psychological condition).

  • You have had multiple miscarriages.

  • You have specific reproductive health issues such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or PCOS. 

  • You smoke or use drugs.

  • You are over 44.

  • You are not a US Citizen or permanent legal resident.

  • You provide false information on your application or interview.


Surrogate mother application form

Do you want to apply to become a surrogate mother? To begin the process, you only have to fill out the surrogate mother form, where we ask you for some information to ensure you meet specific criteria. Surrogates are willing to help others create a new family; we want to thank you for your generosity.


We are excited to know you a little bit better. Thank you for your willingness to help others achieve their dream of being parents. Once you complete the surrogate mother application form, our pre-screening team will assess your application. We will connect with you if selected to give you the next steps.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do surrogates get paid if they miscarry?

Yes, surrogates get paid if they have a miscarriage. A surrogate mother is entitled to compensation to the point when she loses the child. The surrogacy contracts consider this factor and usually compensate until that point to cover any front expenses the surrogate has.

How many times can you be a surrogate?

Although, in theory, you can be a surrogate as often as you want. For the safety and health of the mother and baby, medical professionals recommend that you have no more than five previous pregnancies. Some agencies accept applicants with their Sixth birth on a case-to-case basis, depending on the surrogate medical history.

Do surrogates use their own eggs?

In traditional surrogacy, the surrogates use their own eggs for the conception process. In gestational surrogacy, the eggs from the intended mother or egg donors are used. 

What are the four types of surrogacy?

The main four types of surrogacy are: gestational or traditional and compensated (commercial) or altruistic. But also, there are some other types, such as independent or agency-assisted and domestic or international.


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