Surrogacy is a complicated process but yet the most rewarding for both the surrogate mother and the intended parents.
Have you ever considered becoming a surrogate mother? A lot of women do, but most of them take a step back when they are not able to decide where to start. As a surrogate, you will be vested with a lot of responsibility. By choosing a path to help another couple bring their child into this world, you are ready to have the most fulfilling and satisfying experience of your life.
But the bridge that remains between you and your decision to become a surrogate mother is – where to start?
As a surrogate, you will be bearing the child of another intended parent. So, you practically become a carrier of the embryo created using In-Vitro fertilization. To ensure that you are medically, physically, and emotionally prepared to carry the child, the agencies set certain surrogate mother requirements.
So, if you ask us, preparing yourself to meet these surrogate mother requirements, is your first tiny step towards becoming a gestational carrier.
This blog guides you through requirements to become a surrogate and how you can prepare for it.
Surrogate Mother Requirements – Four Things To Know
To prepare for something, you must be fully aware of it. So, it’s time that we make you aware of the four grounds on which your surrogate journey depends, that are nothing but an overview of surrogate mother requirements.
- Physical Requirements
Surrogacy also involves pregnancy, the only difference being the child you are carrying is not yours but the intended parents’. So, all risks associated with a normal pregnancy are there in the case of gestational surrogacy as well. The physical qualifications just ensure that you are physically fit to carry the baby. This includes but does not limit to the following:
- Aged between 21 to 40 years.
- Having a healthy BMI equal to or less than 25.
- Previous experience of completing one pregnancy to full term.
- Experience in raising a child of your own.
- Be free of any anti-depressants or other anti-anxiety pills.
You can start by maintaining a healthy weight and getting involved in stress-relieving programs.
- Psychological Requirements
Before embracing this path, you must know about the psychological and emotional challenges associated with surrogacy.
When you commit to the process, you are letting go of at least 10 – 12 months of your life. This includes the time taken in screening. So, it is practically a full-time job.
You have to fulfill your commitment towards the intended parents and take care of your home and children as well.
So, if you are considering this path, you must prepare yourself and your family to deal with the change in routine. And, as you carry a baby for nine months, it is normal to get attached to it. So, you must talk to a surrogacy professional and get clear on these doubts.
- Screening Requirements
When you physically and psychologically prepare yourself, you must get ready to meet a surrogacy professional. The agency will ask you to fill out an application form. Once they go through it, you will need to go through medical and psychological screening. The latter involves meeting a psychologist who can understand your motives for becoming a gestational carrier.
The agency will also run a background check. Therefore, you must prepare your family members, especially your spouse to answer their questions. You should keep your educational documents handy, in case you are asked to present them.
While the above three are the basic surrogate mother requirements, there are some points that can disqualify you from becoming a carrier. You must ensure that you don’t fall into any of the categories that can disqualify you.
And, if possible, you can work upon your weaknesses or shortcomings before applying to become a gestational carrier (if they are not medical shortcomings). Failure to meet any of the basic qualifications automatically disqualifies you. Any chronic diseases like cancer, endometriosis, Hepatitis B or C, etc. are other disqualifying factors.
While you have no control over the medical ailments and shortcomings, you can certainly prepare yourself for the process, by ensuring a healthy lifestyle.
Contact a surrogacy professional now to know more about surrogate mother requirements.