Ever since the Kim Kardashian surrogacy news came out, people are learning more about why a woman needs a surrogate to carry her baby. It brought attention to an important topic. With that said, now women are eager to know if there are any specific requirements before they apply to become a surrogate.
Is There Such A Thing As A Surrogate Requirement?
Yes, there is such a thing. In fact, there are several requirements. Most agencies agree on similar ones, but they may vary slightly.
At the top of the list, a woman must already be a mother. This means giving birth to at least one child with no complications.
It’s also important that she is still raising her kids. Women wanting to become surrogates already have their families. They love being pregnant but don’t want to have any more children of their own. What they do want is to make a difference in another person’s life by helping them become a parent.
Age and health are also on this list. The age ranges that most agencies seek are between 19 and 42. A woman can be a candidate if her tubes are tied, but she must still have regular menstrual cycles.
Other surrogate requirements may include the following:
- No smoking and no drug use
- Having a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or under
- Cannot be on medications to treat a mental illness
Once a candidate passes the application process, there will be a phone interview. Topics will cover not having an IUD or being on birth control shots. Candidates will also learn about medical and psychological screening if they want to move forward.
Does An Agency Have A Non-Medical Requirement For Surrogacy?
A surrogate applicant and her partner cannot have any prior felonies on their record. An agency will verify this with a background check.
Another important thing to know is how a woman must be financially stable and not receiving any government assistance. Surrogacy is never a primary source of income. A woman does this to help someone in need – it’s never for the money.
In understanding this, agencies do compensate their surrogates $40,000 or more for the compassionate sacrifice they are making.
How Are Traditional and Gestational Surrogacy Different?
If a woman passes the application process, she will learn that there are two types of surrogacy: Traditional and gestational.
Intake admissions team members are quick to point out that they only allow gestational carriers.
Gestational surrogates are not genetically related to the embryo she is carrying for her intended parents. The eggs used are either from the intended mother or an egg donor. The sperm used to fertilize the egg are either from the intended father or a sperm donor. During the procedure, the embryo goes into the surrogate. This process is called a transfer.
On the other hand, a traditional surrogate is someone that uses her egg and is genetically related to the baby she is carrying.
It is for this reason that agencies will only allow gestational surrogacy.