What are Some Typical Surrogacy Requirements?
It takes a special person to become a surrogate, and many women who choose to become surrogates find that it is one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. To protect the surrogate, the baby, and the intended parents, there are stringent requirements to become a surrogate. Below, we will look at some of the typical surrogacy requirements, as well as the first steps to becoming a surrogate.
Typical Surrogacy Requirements
Surrogates must be in excellent physical health, with a history of healthy pregnancy and childbirth. Typical surrogacy requirements include:
- Between the ages of 21 and 39
- Have had at least 1 healthy childbirth, with the child now living in the home
- No history of miscarriages
- No history of pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia
- No history of serious medical conditions, including conditions such as diabetes
- No history of sexually transmitted diseases
- No family history of serious medical or reproductive conditions
- No drug or alcohol use
- Clear criminal background check
In addition, surrogates are counseled extensively about what it means to be a surrogate, and their attitude towards surrogacy. It is important for surrogates to understand that they have no legal rights to the child once he or she is born.
Is Surrogacy Right for You?
Surrogacy can be rewarding, but it is also a big commitment with substantial risks. Deciding to become a surrogate is a major decision. If you are considering surrogacy, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I want to help an infertile couple in need?
- Do I like being pregnant?
- Can my life accommodate the time commitment and physical sacrifices associated with pregnancy?
- Would the important people in my life, such as my spouse, be okay with me being a surrogate?
- Am I willing to face the risks inherent in pregnancy and childbirth?
- Can I emotionally handle carrying and giving birth to a child that is not mine?
If you are interested in becoming a surrogate, the first step is to get in contact with a surrogacy agency. New Beginnings Surrogacy would be happy to meet with you about whether or not surrogacy is right for you. To get started, please click the following link to take our prescreening quiz. If you qualify, we will contact you for an appointment!Posted on: March 15, 2016