It takes a special woman to have the desire to carry a baby for another. But did you know, that even though these special women are few and far between, there are also certain requirements to become a surrogate?
Regardless of whether you choose to sign on with a surrogacy agency or go the independent route, there will be a standard set of requirements a woman must meet in order to be considered as a surrogate or gestational carrier. The requirements below reflect the guidelines that the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) have set in place, and these same guidelines will also be required by the fertility clinic* the Intended Parents are using.
The guidelines and minimum requirements are in place to ensure the safest, healthiest possible pregnancy and relationship between the surrogate and Intended Parents. What are these requirements? Let’s take a look:
Requirements to Become a Surrogate:
- You must have previously given birth to at least one (live) child.
- You are between 21 – 42 years old, and in good health.
- You are a non-smoker, and do not use drugs.
- You are of a healthy weight with a BMI in the normal range. Some will allow a little wiggle room here, with the maximum BMI allowed usually a 32.
- Have a history of healthy pregnancies with no complications.
- Be financially stable, and not on any form of public assistance.
- Live in a surrogacy friendly state.
If you do not meet these minimum requirements, it may not be the right time for you to pursue surrogacy. That’s okay! These guidelines are here for your emotional and physical safety during a journey. If it is something you can change, set that as a goal and work towards it.
*Note: Each Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE) and fertility clinic will have slightly different requirements that they prefer.