Qualifications to Become a Gestational Carrier
The most important requirements to being a gestational carrier, or surrogate, is having a big heart and generous nature. But if you’re reading this blog, my guess is you’ve already got that! So what are the other requirements? Here are some of the basic requirements but if you have any questions feel free to fill out our surrogate intake form and we’d love to talk with you.
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. The biggest concern is making sure that your body and uterus are healthy and able to carry another baby. So even if you are and “older” mom, you can still apply!
Resides in New England 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.
Has given birth at least once and is currently raising that child This requirement exists so that we can ensure you’ve had a healthy pregnancy and that everything is in working order. Also, so you know what to expect, as much as possible, although we know each pregnancy and delivery is different.
Body Mass Index (BMI) above 18 and below 33 (some clinics want under 30) Calculate my BMI. We hate this one too. Clinics have this requirement as part of their medical screening process as a baseline in choosing the best candidates possible.
Does not use illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes or marijuana, or abuse alcohol There is a 12 month waiting period to be a surrogate if you have used tobacco.
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 situation could cost you some of your assistance. If you have questions, we’re happy to discuss with you.
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 children or yourself along the way. We want to make sure you are well taken care of and supported! Although we are always here for you too!
This is a very general checklist and, as always, each gestational carrier is evaluated on an individual basis. There are far more disqualifies, and steps that are not included in this general list. If you have more specific questions please feel free to email us. If you’ve read this list, checked off all these boxes and are ready for the next step, we can’t wait for you to fill out our intake form!