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What to Expect

Become a Surrogate Mother

The choice to become a surrogate is as personal a decision as is the choice to explore surrogacy as a family building option. That’s why our personal, hands on approach to matching you with the perfect intended parents is so effective. We understand that surrogacy is more than a contract, it is a family bond.

Becoming a surrogate mother is a very special thing. It is an opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives, and in many cases, helping to make their dreams come true. If you are the sort of compassionate person who is willing to commit to a remarkable family building journey, we would like to hear from you. The surrogacy journey can be involved, which is why you will work with a personal surrogacy coordinator. Together, you will discuss any questions about the surrogacy process you might have. Having helped hundreds of surrogates navigate the fertility journey, our surrogacy experts will ensure you are prepared for what you can expect before, during, and after the process. We remove all apprehension with one-on-one counseling throughout your surrogacy experience. We will be there every step of the way.

The Perfect Match

We are proud to work with experienced surrogates, many of whom return to work with us again. That’s because we go above and beyond to ensure our surrogates’ happiness and comfort. New Beginnings works with only select intended parents, pre-qualified and psychologically evaluated. When we present our surrogate mother with options for potential matches, they have been carefully selected for match success. Every surrogate who we work with is interviewed for her requests in a match. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with a gay couple or single parent
  • Working with American Intended Parents or International Intended Parents
  • Willingness to carry multiple pregnancies (twins)
  • Level of communication with the intended parents
All our experienced surrogates are understanding of necessitated terminations. After our surrogate mother selects the Intended Parents she will connect best with, our intended parents will be informed of the selection and invited to make a final commitment. At that time, your personal surrogacy coordinator will facilitate a match meeting that is convenient for both parties. Our surrogates live all over the United States and our intended parents are from near and far. We are able to help facilitate Skype or Facetime meetings as well as in-person.

Basic Requirements to Become a Surrogate in New Jersey and Other States

Here are the basic requirements to becoming a surrogate mother. Our requirements are designed to ensure lasting matches. If you have any questions, we encourage you to call us. All our surrogates:

  • Must be committed to Surrogacy Program and to Intended Parents
  • Be in good heath with a healthy BMI ≤ 31 If your BMI is slightly higher than 31, please contact us at
  • Delivered at least one healthy child within the past 6 years
  • Uncomplicated prior pregnancies (no pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, pre-term labor)
  • No use of tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Clear criminal background check
  • U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency
  • Between the ages of 21 and 38
  • If you are interested in becoming a Surrogate, please take our quick and user-friendly prescreening quiz to begin your application process today.

What do we ask about our Potential Surrogates?

Surrogate Social History – Surrogacy is a financial contract and so we will need all your legal contact information and personal history. With this information, we can better help ensure the compatibility of any intended parents we will introduce to you. Also, because we want to ensure healthy pregnancies, you will be prompted to calculate your current BMI using our surrogacy BMI Calculator.

We will also want to know:

  • Have you given birth before?
  • Have you used any form of tobacco in the past 6 months?
  • Have you been prescribed or used antidepressants in the past 6 months?
  • Do you have any history of using illegal drugs?
  • Do you have any history of alcohol abuse?
  • Verify your relationship status
  • Verify the number of children you have birthed and their ages
Surrogate Medical History – Our medical history review is thorough because we want to work with only the most-qualified surrogate mothers. C-sections may cause scarring that could complicate a pregnancy, so we will ask about your pregnancy 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 is an inquiry about you and your family’s current status of receiving a variety of government assistance or subsidized living, Welfare, or Medicaid. We also will ask about any criminal background. 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 – Once matched, a fertility doctor from a recommended clinic will schedule an initial consultation for the purpose of undergoing a physical examination and medical screening. This will include blood lab work to ensure you are in good health for completing a healthy surrogacy process. Surrogate Mental Health Evaluation – You are required to have 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 to become a surrogate mother.

Embryo Transfer Process

To begin the embryo transfer process, your menstrual cycle is regulated using fertility medications to ensure that you are not ovulating and your uterine lining is thickening.

Fertility cycle treatments may include:

  • Oral medications
  • Injectable medications
  • Several doctor physical exams
  • Blood testing
  • Ultrasound testing

The purpose of this fertility treatment regimen is to ensure your uterus is in the best possible condition to achieve a successful embryo implantation and thriving pregnancy.

  • An embryo is transferred to the surrogate mother’s uterus in a procedure similar to a Pap smear
  • After successful implantation into the surrogate mother’s uterine lining, she carries the pregnancy to full term and gives birth to a baby

What to expect during your pregnancy as a surrogate

You may experience a vast array of emotions while you are carrying another’s child. You will receive lots of support from your surrogacy coordinator and may expect regular phone calls and emails checking up on how you are doing. Common feelings may include:

  • Joy
  • Happiness
  • Emotional swings due to hormones
  • Physical stress of carrying a baby to full term
  • Trepidation of attachment to the baby in utero
It is very common for successful surrogates to view the pregnancy as watching over a baby for its first nine months. But rest assured, our team will be there with you throughout every moment.

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