Episode 2~ Guest Blog: What’s Required to Become A Surrogate Mother?

What is surrogacy?
Surrogacy is when a woman carries and gives birth to baby for someone else, usually for a woman unable to carry the child herself.  This is done through advancements in reproductive technology such as artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilization/embryo transfer (IVF/ET) and other Advanced Reproductive Technologies (ART) that allow otherwise infertile couples a chance to have children. Due to advances in reproductive technology, couples now have medical means to have children.
What is the difference between “traditional surrogacy” and “gestational surrogacy”?
Traditional surrogacy refers to a woman who has donated her egg and is genetically related to the child she is carrying for the future parents. This occurs when the surrogate mother is inseminated (usually artificially) with the intended father’s sperm. Gestational surrogacy, which is the most common form of surrogacy, occurs when the surrogate mother is NOT genetically connected to the child she is carrying for the intended parents. The eggs are retrieved from the intended mother or an egg donor and then fertilized with the sperm from the intended father or a sperm donor. The embryos are then transferred to the surrogate mother’s uterus. Extraordinary Conceptions only works with gestational surrogates.

Becoming a Surrogate Mother
Extraordinary Conceptions strives to work with women who not only meet the surrogacy requirements, but exceed them. We’re looking for exceptional women who are willing to help build families through surrogacy. Our Surrogacy team will guide you through the entire journey while providing consistent, personal support for you and your intended parents. Our first goal is to ensure that you meet the necessary qualifications while educating you about our surrogacy program and the overall process. Please review the requirements below to see if you qualify to become a surrogate mother with our agency.
Current Surrogacy Requirements:
• Females between the ages of 19-42 who are healthy with regular menstrual cycles.
• Surrogates in our program must be a parent themselves who have had a least 1 successful, live birth with no complications.
• Non-smokers and Non-drug users with BMI below 30.(Up to 32 may be considered.) You can calculate your BMI HERE.
• Must not currently be receiving government financial assistance. Must be financially stable. (This excludes dependents)
• Must be a U.S. citizen, Canadian citizen or have valid U.S. Permanent Residency status. Must have valid driver’s license or state issued ID. Must have reliable transportation.
• Surrogate applicants and spouses cannot have any prior felonies.
• Cannot currently be on medications for mental illness (anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, etc.) No history of Bi-polar disorder, Schizophrenia, anxiety, personality disorders, etc.
• You cannot have an IUD or be using birth control shots. We can further explain this after you submit your application.
• Please note that these requirements were created to comply with ASRM guidelines, the IVF doctors and attorneys that we work with.

Courtesy of Extraordinary Conceptions

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