Surrogate Requirements

A gestational surrogate is a woman who decides to carry a pregnancy for another couple. She does not have a genetic link to the baby because the embryo was made with an egg from the intended mother or from an egg donor.

Becoming a gestational surrogate is an incredible gift for future parents and an even more amazing experience for the surrogate and her family. Though the process is an exceptional one, it is one that requires careful thought and planning.

What exactly are the surrogate requirements? This article will touch on all you need to know about how to become a surrogate, and what you need to know to get started.

pregnant surrogate mother and friend

Getting started on this surrogacy journey requires a strong commitment from both the surrogate, her family, and her support system. The surrogate qualifications are put in place to minimize any potential complications and risks for the surrogate and intended parents. 

  • Moms between the ages of 21-39 who are healthy with regular menstrual cycles. Up to 42 may be considered for repeat surrogates.

  • Surrogates in our program must be a parent themselves who have had a least 1 successful, live birth with no complications.

  • Non-smokers and Non-drug users with BMI below 30. (Up to 32 may be considered.) You can calculate your BMI HERE.

  • Must not currently be receiving government financial assistance. Must be financially stable. (This excludes dependents)

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, Canadian citizen or have valid U.S. Permanent Residency status

  • Surrogate applicants and spouses cannot have any prior felonies.

  • Cannot currently be on medications for mental illness (anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, etc.) No history of Bi-polar disorder, Schizophrenia, anxiety, personality disorders, etc.

  • You cannot have an IUD or be using birth control shots. We can further explain this after you submit your application.

Please note that these requirements were created to comply with ASRM guidelines, the IVF doctors and attorneys that we work with. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us directly at (760) 438-2265.

Another important consideration is that there are no federal laws governing surrogacy. Instead, each state has its own laws that determine how and if surrogacy may be performed in that state. 

Some states, like California, have lenient surrogacy laws that make it easy to perform a cycle safely. In these lenient states, surrogacy contracts are honored, and there are protections in place for both the surrogate and intended parents.

Other states, however, have laws that explicitly prohibit surrogacy, or have stipulations in place that make it difficult to perform this process safely for all involved. For this reason, people living in certain states may not be good candidates.

It is also important to recognize that these surrogate requirements were created to comply with ASRM guidelines, the IVF doctor,s and attorneys that we work with. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us directly at (760) 438-2265.

How to Become a Surrogate Mother

Extraordinary Conceptions strives to work with women who not only meet the surrogate mother requirements but exceed them. We’re looking for exceptional women who are willing to help build families through surrogacy. Our surrogacy team will guide you through the entire journey while providing consistent, personal support for you and your intended parents.

Our first goal is to ensure that you meet the necessary surrogate qualifications while educating you about our surrogacy program and the overall process of how to become a surrogate. Please review the surrogate requirements checklist above to see if you have what it takes to become a surrogate with our agency.

For more information about our compensation packages and additional benefits, please fill out our online application. Our Surrogacy Admissions department will get in touch with you to answer your questions you may have.