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For Surrogates

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If you want to become a surrogate, the experts at New Beginnings Surrogacy can make it happen.

As an empathetic and compassionate woman who is committed to helping another birth a baby through surrogacy, you may be able to become a surrogate. We would like to see if you qualify to be accepted into our celebrated surrogacy program. If you meet our basic mental and physical health requirements, you can experience the joy of becoming a surrogate by giving the gift of life to a childless couple.

Why Many Women Are Becoming a Surrogate

A surrogate mother’s mission is to restore optimism into the hearts of Intended Parents about hopeful parenthood. The delight that our surrogates feel is so special and lasting that many return to us for second and third surrogacy experiences. Many couples suffer from infertility due to female or male factors (or both), making it medically impossible for them to conceive and give birth to a baby of their own. Today, with the help of a giving woman and through the remarkable progress of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), these couples can now realize the happiness of bringing a biologically-related baby into the world.

Our Basic Surrogate Screening Requirements

Not every woman can qualify to become a surrogate.

  • You must live in a surrogate-friendly state.
  • You must be between the ages of 21 and 39
  • You must not consume tobacco or illegal drugs
  • You must consume alcohol in moderation
  • You and your partner must agree to have a background check performed
  • You must be a U.S. citizenship or legal permanent resident

Next, you must meet the following additional surrogate requirements:

  • Be committed to our surrogacy program
  • Be committed to the Intended Parents who have chosen you as a perfect surrogate match
  • Have good overall health
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) ≤ 30 BMI Calculator
  • If your BMI is slightly higher than 30, please contact us as you may still qualify
  • Have delivered at least one healthy baby

Finally, you must have no histor of complicated prior pregnancies.

  • No history of pre-eclampsia
  • No history of gestational diabetes
  • No history of high blood pressure
  • No history of pre-term labor

Our Surrogacy Application Process

For your convenience, take our user-friendly prescreening quiz and begin our application process today! Then, prepare to meet with one of our personal matching coordinators.

Surrogate Medical History

This section begins with asking you about your C-section history

Other medical history inquiries include any diagnosed history of:

  • Gestational Diabetes
  • STDs
  • Toxemia
  • Pre-Eclampsia
  • Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension
  • Your history as a surrogate mother

Background Check of Surrogate and Husband/Partner

This section inquires about you and your family’s current status of receiving:

  • Government financial assistance
  • Food stamps
  • Public housing
  • Welfare
  • Medicaid
This section concludes by asking whether you or your husband/partner have been convicted of a felony (including DUI). If your is YES, please explain your circumstance in the prompt provided.

The purpose of obtaining a clean background check on all of our surrogates is to give our Intended Parents the comfort of knowing that their chosen surrogate:

  • Has the support of her husband/partner and children
  • Has the support of her extended family and close friends
  • Is willing to participate in extended social screening – such as a home visit
  • Is financially secure
  • Leads a stable, resourceful, and responsible lifestyle
  • Is willing and able to travel in order to facilitate the IVF embryo transfer process because these trips often entail overnight stays

Surrogate Physical Examination

You will be required to schedule an initial consultation with a fertility doctor for the purpose of undergoing a physical examination. This will include blood lab work to ensure you are in good health for completing a healthy surrogacy process.

Surrogate Mental Health Evaluation

You will be required to schedule an initial consultation with a mental health evaluator for the purpose of undergoing a psychological exam. The purpose of a mental health evaluation is to ensure you are emotionally prepared for the challenges of being a surrogate mother.

Surrogacy Process

Your personal surrogacy coordinator will oversee the scheduling of the embryo transfer process.

  • An egg is surgically retrieved from the intended mother and fertilized in vitro (in a climate-controlled laboratory) with the intended father’s sperm
  • The cultured embryo is then transferred to the surrogate mother’s uterus in a procedure similar to a Pap smear
  • The embryo implants into the surrogate mother’s uterine lining, she carries the pregnancy to full term, and ultimately gives birth to a healthy baby
  • The Intended Parents are present at the birth of the baby to assume legal parental rights and responsibilities pursuant to the parties’ written surrogacy contract

Gestational surrogacy may be achieved in a variety of ART methods, using:

  • Intended mother’s eggs
  • Donor eggs
  • Intended father’s sperm
  • Donor sperm

Surrogate Legal Contractual Requirements

The enforcement of surrogacy contracts vary widely from state-to-state. To draft and secure an enforceable gestational surrogacy contract, the signed document must clearly set forth the terms and conditions for all parties – before, during and after birth. Why does this matter? To protect and preserve your legal rights as a surrogate mother. Prior to initiating any medical procedure, the surrogate and Intended Parents must agree to the terms and conditions of their surrogacy process. The parties will sign a written surrogacy contract.

The written contract covers the parties’ agreement regarding:

  • Surrogate compensation
  • Possible health risks to the surrogate
  • Surrogate responsibilities
  • Relinquishment of child
New Beginnings Surrogacy will help you navigate the laws in your state and make sure you are represented by an experienced attorney who can draft and finalize your surrogacy contract.

An enforceable surrogacy contract must encompass a clear definition of your rights and liabilities in the case of:

  • IVF failure(s)
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Multiple pregnancy
  • Birth complications