Deciding to become a gestational carrier for a couple means that you will be giving them the gift of life and the ability to have a biological child of their own. This gift is priceless to the parents, and the child—and the surrogates’ lives are also blessed by this experience. But once a woman has decided to become a surrogate, there is still a process to follow and qualifications that must be met to be considered.
Surrogacy agencies use qualifications to ensure that a pregnancy is healthy and safe for the surrogate, couple, and the child. Each agency may have different qualifications based upon their individual preferences, and the laws in their particular state. Here is a few of the qualifications that we use:
- Age. All surrogate mothers must be between the age of 21 and 45 years of age.
- Delivered and Are Raising a Child. Surrogates must have delivered and are raising a child of their own to be considered for a surrogate pregnancy.
- “Stable” Lifestyle. Surrogate mothers must have full emotional support from their husband/partner (if applicable). In addition, must have a stable residence and not have any plans to move out of the state once legal the contracts are completed.
- Government Assistance Status. A surrogate mother must not be receiving any form of government assistance to be considered.
Once a surrogate has met these initial requirements, there is a traditional process that is followed to ensure the surrogate is healthy and would be a good match for the agency and intended parents. Our process is comprised of:
- Complete Preliminary Application and Interview. Please complete the preliminary application on our site to give us a better idea of your history and desire to be a surrogate mother. Once we have received your preliminary application, we will review it and schedule a phone interview as well as send you an in-depth application and consent forms.
- Application Review and Verification. We will review your application and verify all of your information. In addition, we will conduct background checks for you and spouse/partner (if applicable).
- Review all Medical Records. During the application process, we will request all previous medical records and review them. If needed, the records may be reviewed by a physician or the intended parents’ physician as well.
- Face-to-Face Meeting. Once we have reviewed the application, background check results, and medical records, we will schedule a time to meet you face-to-face. This meeting will allow us to get to know you better, as well as give you the opportunity to get to know us.
These qualifications and processes are only a sample of what surrogates go through to become a surrogate mother. But if these qualifications are met and the surrogate is matched with a couple, they will be able to give the gift of a child to intended parents. If you are interested in becoming a surrogate mother, or have more questions, we encourage you to get in touch with us today!