Requirements for Becoming a Surrogate

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In most cases, the surrogacy qualifications are dictated by the contracted fertility clinic or surrogacy agency. They all differ, with some being very specific and others being more flexible, especially if it is an altruistic surrogacy where a friend or family member has offered to be the surrogate. While each clinic may have different requirements, here are a few basic requirements they may ask of their potential contracted surrogates.

  • Already have a previous complication-free, live birth.
  • Fall within the age guidelines of the clinic, typically no younger than 21 and no older than 35.
  • Have no previous drug or alcohol abuse history.
  • Have a good health history including no previous history of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Have health insurance that does not have a surrogacy exclusion clause. For example, Federal and State insurance (Medicare) does not cover surrogacy pregnancy’s.
  • Understand that there will be fertility screening, general medical health screening, psychological screening and not averse to taking injectable fertility medications.
  • Must have a support system such as a husband, partner or close family member to support them.
  • Live in a state or country that is surrogacy friendly, check laws here.
  • Have transportation to and from all related appointments, both required fertility monitoring and prenatal care.
  • Should have reliable childcare for her own family for events such as required appointments and big events such as insemination/transfer and birth.
  • Also willing to abstain from intercourse with her partner until the pregnancy is confirmed and the chosen OBGYN has given the green light.
  • Be willing to communicate openly throughout the process with the intended parents.

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