Updated: Sep 23
A surrogate mother is a woman who carries a baby and delivers it to the intended parents, who can not produce children in the usual way. In simple words, a surrogate mother is not the baby's mother, but she carries and delivers the baby as if it were her own.
When you become a surrogate mother, you provide a couple or single parent the opportunity to have a biological baby—something they could not have without the surrogate’s help. You help parents become parents.
Being a surrogate is a rewarding and life-changing experience. It requires careful thought, research, and planning. If you are thinking of becoming a surrogate mother, keep reading to discover what qualifies you to be a surrogate mother.
Become a surrogate mother: what qualifies you?
If you want to become a surrogate mother, three essential things qualify you as a surrogate mother: good physical health, psychological and emotional stability, and stability and reliability. Following, you will find a description of each quality.
Good physical health.
Before undergoing the in vitro fertilization IVF or embryo transfer, you will be required to undergo medical screenings in the fertility clinics. You must have good physical conditions to ensure minimal risk to yourself and the baby.
Every surrogacy agency has different requirements to become a surrogate. They have their guidelines and tests to see how suitable you are before selecting you. Also, during the process, you will attend multiple doctor’s appointments to monitor your health.
Some traditional surrogacy agencies may even accept only women that have given birth to a healthy baby in the past. You shouldn’t have had pre-term delivery, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, or other pregnancy complications.
Psychological and emotional stability.
Becoming a surrogate is challenging, and you must have the psychological and emotional stability to overcome what the process entails.
You can experience many emotional components associated with a surrogate pregnancy, joined by the regular hormonal changes and emotions associated with pregnancy. A mental health professional can help you during the surrogacy process, explaining what you should expect from every step and how to overcome it.
Stability and reliability
Gestational surrogates will have a significant responsibility. The idea is to have a stress-free surrogacy journey. The surrogacy agency asks you to prove you are prepared to be a gestational carrier. Surrogacy professional agencies have different criteria to test you.
The primary things they ask in common are that you have the required age. In addition, you or your partner don’t have a criminal or violent history. Also, living in a drug and smoke-free home, you don’t receive public assistance (for example, you can not receive food stamps or be on Medicaid health insurance).
The surrogate and intended parent may even develop a close relationship. Therefore, both parties must be reliable to trust and support each other during the process.
There are other requirements specific to the agency you are working with and others that are generalized. For example, most agencies only work with United States citizens and legal residents of a state where surrogacy laws allow you to receive compensated surrogacy.
I meet the requirements: now, how do I become a surrogate mother?
Do you have all the qualities required? Then you are ready to become a surrogate mother. If you want to start the process with First Step Surrogacy, fill out and submit our surrogate application then we will contact you to arrange a meeting with you.
Please contact our surrogacy professionals today for more information on our gestational surrogacy program and policies. Still, have questions that you want to ask before you apply? Give us a call at 1-888-287-8188.