Becoming a gestational surrogate is an incredible gift to a couple in need. By carrying their baby, you will become the answer to their hopes and dreams. Since intended parents invest so much into their surrogacy journey, good health is a critical component to becoming a surrogate.
When you work with a surrogacy agency, you must meet certain health standards. These standards help ensure you can go through fertility treatments, the necessary medical preparation and ultimately carry a child to term with as little risk of complications as possible.
If you wish to become a surrogate mother, here are a few of the health requirements that play a vital role in protecting the child, the intended parents and yourself.
Between 21 and 44 Years Old
The older you are, the more potential health complications and risks you may encounter during pregnancy. This is why most agencies require surrogates to be within prime childbearing years.
History of Successful Pregnancy and Delivery
Professional surrogacy agencies require that you’ve had at least one successful pregnancy that you carried full term with no complications during delivery. Previous pregnancies are a good indicator that you will have a healthy pregnancy as a surrogate. Certain pregnancy conditions may disqualify you from surrogacy, such as:
- Preterm labor
- Placenta previa
- Other issues during pregnancy that required medical intervention
If you have never been pregnant, there are many unknowns about how pregnancy will affect you physically and emotionally. This is why surrogacy agencies require that you have been pregnant previously.
Before proceeding with the surrogacy process, an examination with a fertility specialist will help determine if you are physically fit. They will ask you questions about your medical history as well as your personal and sexual history. Your blood and urine will be tested as well. All this is to ensure your body is ready for fertility treatments and pregnancy.
During your time as a surrogate, you will agree to not partake in drugs, alcohol or smoking. This will give the unborn child the best chance of growing healthy and strong.
Body Mass Index Below 33
BMI is a standard that determines if you are a healthy weight for your height. Most agencies require that you fall within a healthy range, generally considered below 33. A healthy weight can increase your chance of a successful conception as well as reduce many of the risks associated with pregnancy.
Your surrogacy agency will evaluate your mental state to determine if you are emotionally prepared for the many ups and downs of surrogacy. You are bound to have strong feelings before, during and after pregnancy. It’s vital to be aware of this emotional roller coaster before choosing to become a surrogate.
Along with your mental stability, agencies will verify that you have a stable living arrangement, a supportive spouse or partner and a support network to lean on. Stability in your personal life will hugely benefit your psychological wellbeing and support the health of the unborn baby.
Conditions That May Disqualify You From Surrogacy
The goal of surrogacy is to ensure your safety and the health of the baby you carry. Certain conditions may disqualify you from becoming a surrogate because they carry a certain risk of successfully carrying a child, including:
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
Contact Western Fertility Institute to Take the Next Step
Becoming a surrogate is a rewarding, life-changing experience. You give a couple in need the family they’ve always dreamt of. Our health guidelines at Western Fertility Institute ensure that the surrogacy process will go as smoothly as possible.
If you meet our surrogacy requirements and would like to take the next step toward becoming a gestational surrogate, contact us today. We’d love to learn more about you and find out if surrogacy is the right choice.
This content was medically reviewed by the Western Fertility Institute medical team on September 16, 2019.