Becoming A Surrogate
How To Qualify
Here at Reproductive Options, we know the risks that go into pregnancy and take care to remember the family that is on the other end of this. That’s why we take great care in ensuring that it’s the right move for everybody involved, including the surrogate.
To become a surrogate, you must meet the below requirements. This is to help ensure the safety of both you and the baby that you carry.
You must be between 21 and 39, to reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
There are a number of reasons that a woman’s BMI is important to her eligibility as a surrogate. A higher BMI has been associated with preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and more – for the safety of everyone involved, you must have a BMI between 19 and 30.
Previous Pregnancy and Delivery History
Surrogates are required to have had one or more successful pregnancies and deliveries of their own to demonstrate their ability to safely carry a pregnancy to term without significant complications.
Cesarean Section History
To become a surrogate, you can have had no more than 3 c sections. This is because with each one, there are new risks that are introduced for both the surrogate and the baby. In addition to this, the scar tissue can pose difficulties for implantation.
The compensation surrogates receive is meant to supplement income, not be your main or sole revenue. Often, surrogates use the compensation for the betterment of their own families, including down payments on a home, financing their children’s college funds, or traveling.
Surrogates should have a strong support system in place, including the support of their immediate family, to help them through the physical and emotional challenges of surrogacy.
Stable Mental Health
Mental stability is critical for surrogates, because it can be an emotional experience. To become a surrogate, you would also undergo psychological evaluations to ensure you are emotionally prepared for the challenges of surrogacy. Ensuring that you’ll be mentally stable throughout the process protects not only you and the baby but also the intended parents.
No Drug Use
For the safety of the baby and everyone involved, recreational drug use is not permitted for any surrogates.
Successful Background Check
We form strong connections with all of our surrogates – and all of our intended parents, and we want what’s best for everyone involved. This means that all surrogates must pass a background check to allow intended parents to make informed decisions.