For years now, surrogacy has played a key role in helping intended parents achieve their dreams of parenthood though in vitro fertilization (IVF). Many choose surrogacy over other conventional IVF treatments because third party reproduction helps a variety of patients, especially women born without a uterus, same sex couples and those with a medical condition that creates a barrier to achieving a healthy pregnancy on their own. If you are a prospective parent or someone who is interested in becoming a gestational surrogate, it’s important to understand who is qualified to become a surrogate.
Just like any other sensitive undertakings in the medical field, surrogacy has stringent rules and regulations that must be fully met before a journey begins. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine, who oversees all key issues arising from reproductive medicines and related areas, has formulated guidelines on surrogacy requirements for surrogacy agencies to follow. The rules are strict and ensure quality candidates are eligible, healthy and committed to providing prospective parents the help they need.
As a physician-operated agency, we pride ourselves on setting the most stringent standards to keep surrogacy safe. One of the most important requirements among these strict guidelines is that our surrogates must have given birth. Women who are not mothers themselves cannot become a surrogate because without having gone through a full-term pregnancy, our in-house physicians have no way to determine if they are capable of successfully carrying a pregnancy to term.
As experienced OBs, we understand the pregnancy and delivery variables that are important to minimizing risks for the surrogate and child they are to carry. All applications are reviewed by our clinical team and all pregnancy and delivery records are thoroughly examined by our in-house physicians prior to a huge investment of time and energy on your part.
If a surrogate has never carried a baby to term before, she won’t be familiar with changes in her body such as hormonal changes, mood swings and possible fatigue throughout the journey and subsequent