The Screening Process: What it takes to get cleared to be a surrogate
Have you ever been curious about becoming a surrogate? When you decide to become a surrogate, you are making a life changing decision for both yourself and others. You are willing to help couples and singles that struggle with infertility and those that have been longing for a family for so long. There are certain requirements that you need to become a surrogate.
Preferably 21-35 years of age, up to healthy early 40’s - They say age is just a number, and, well it is, but some clinics (and intended parents) are more particular about what age the gestational carrier is. It’s used as one of the many factors when determining if you’re a good candidate. So even if you think you are an “older” mama, please still apply!
Resides in New Mexico - While we accept intended parents from anywhere, we keep our gestational surrogates local because we want to be here every step of the way. It’s easier for us to do that when you’re nearby!
Has given birth at least once and is currently raising that child - We know that there are many women with huge hearts that may not want kids of their own but would be more than willing to carry for someone who may not be able to. And you ladies are amazing! But we do have to ensure you’ve had a healthy pregnancy and that everything is in working order.
Body Mass Index (BMI) above 18 and below 32 - (in some instances, a higher BMI is acceptable) We hate this one too. It’s a must though. Clinics have this requirement as part of their medical screening process.
Does not use any illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes, vapes, marijuana or abuse alcohol - If you partake in any of these, surrogacy may not be for you.
Does not participate in certain government aid programs, including cash assistance, welfare, Section 8 housing or Medicaid - Gestational Surrogates are compensated and that means that this temporary gig could cost you your assistance. If you have questions, we’re happy to discuss the “why” this is 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 be 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 children or yourself along the way. We want to make sure you are well taken care of and fully 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 question 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!