If you’re reading this article, then you’re probably thinking about providing a couple with one of the most beautiful gifts. Surrogacy, also called third-party reproduction, is carrying and delivering a baby for someone who is unable to do so.
Women choose to become surrogate mothers for many reasons. Maybe you have a friend or family member who is unable to carry a child. Or perhaps you’ve had your own children, and you’re willing and able to provide this precious gift to a stranger. Whatever your reason, it takes courage and compassion to consider this path.
But if you’re new to the idea of surrogacy, we know you most likely have many questions about what it takes to become a surrogate mother. Here are the who’s, why’s and how’s of surrogacy.
Who Can Become a Surrogate Mother?
If you’re interested in surrogacy, you should know that there are a few guidelines established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine that every woman must meet to become a surrogate mother. At Western Fertility Institute, we strictly adhere to these criteria, not only for the health of the child you might be bringing into this world but also to ensure you’re physically and emotionally ready to carry out this amazing task. Our requirements for surrogacy include for you to:
- Be between the ages of 21 and 44 years old
- Have a history of previous successful pregnancies and deliveries
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Have a body mass index (BMI) below 33
- Provide a stable living arrangement, including financial stability
- Have access to a support network, including the support of a spouse or significant other
- Reside in a surrogate-friendly state
Beyond these basic requirements, when you consider becoming a surrogate with Western Fertility Institute, you’ll find that we also ask potential candidates to fill out a series of questionnaires and medical evaluations to ensure they’re mentally and physically qualified.
Why Become a Surrogate Mother?
Becoming a surrogate mother is a huge decision and one that should not be made lightly. Not only are you offering to give your time, energy and body, but you’re also willing to face the emotional hurdles that come along with surrogacy. That’s why at Western Fertility Institute, we ask that our surrogates have a support network — including a significant other — so that they’re emotionally prepared for this process.
The main reason to become a surrogate is to provide the gift of children to a family unable to bear their own. Although there are some financial benefits to surrogacy, it should not be looked at as an easy way to earn money. Before you even begin our screening process, be sure to ask yourself your personal reason for undertaking surrogacy.
How to Become a Surrogate Mother
Navigating the process of becoming a surrogate mother can be both overwhelming and confusing. At Western Fertility Institute, we’re committed to families looking for third-party reproduction options as well as to the women who are willing and able to become surrogate mothers. Surrogacy is a beautiful decision and one that stems from compassion and commitment.