Do You Qualify To Be A Surrogate?
As we’ve mentioned many times before, one of the most important requirements to being a surrogate is having a big heart and generous nature, but if you’re reading this blog, my guess is, you’ve already got that! Curious what else we look for? We thought you might be! That’s why we created this handy, dandy checklist of some of the basic requirements that you can go through to see if you meet before you fill out our surrogate intake form.
Preferably 21-35 years of age, up to healthy early 40’s - Age is just a number, right? Yes…and no. Some clinics (and intended parents) are more particular about what age the gestational carrier is. It’s used as one of many factors when determining if you’re a good candidate. So even if you’re enjoying your forties, please still apply!
Resides in Texas - While we accept intended parents from anywhere, we keep our gestational surrogates local because we want to be here for you every step of the way. It’s easier for us to do that when you’re nearby! Not in Texas? We may have a sister agency closer to you!
Has given birth at least once and is currently raising that child – Haven’t had a child of your own? Wait until you have completed your own family before helping another; surrogacy can wait! It is important to know how your body handles pregnancy before becoming a gestational surrogate.
Body Mass Index (BMI) above 18 and below 33 (in some instances, a higher BMI is acceptable). Calculate my BMI. We hate this one too. It’s a must though. Clinics have requirements as part of their medical screening process.
Does not use illegal drugs, smoke/vape cigarettes, tabacco or marijuana, or abuse alcohol - Intended parents need a healthy surrogate to care for their baby during gestation.
Does not participate in certain government aid programs, including cash assistance, welfare, Section 8 housing or Medicaid - Gestational Surrogates are compensated and that means this temporary gig could cost you some of your assistance. If you have further questions on the “why” part we’re happy to discuss with you.
Women who have IUDs, contraceptive implants or have had the Depo Provera shot may apply; however, your application may be placed on hold - Longer term birth control but still want to get a gestational surrogate? No problem! Talk to us about your options!
Has not undergone the Essure or Adiana procedure - Sorry this one is a DIS-qualifier.
Has the full support and understanding of family and friends - This is SO important! Being a surrogate is a huge commitment, and you may need help with your other children or yourself along the way. We want to make sure you are well taken care of and supported!
As with any general checklist, there are always exceptions and “yeah, buts,” so if you have any questions or are not sure about something, email us! We are so happy to answer any questions you have. If you’ve read this and checked off all these boxes and are ready for the next step, we can’t wait for you to apply here!