The Process of Surrogate
Necessary Conditions to Be Surrogacy
- Be in good health meet height and weight guidelines, BMI<32
- Delivered at least 1 healthy child of your own
- Full term delivery, no prior complications
- Between the ages of 21-38
- Reliable Transportation to Medical Appointments, stable financial base
- Dedicated and reliable for the process, adherence to our strict screening and counseling protocol
- US citizen or permanent resident
- Be a non-smoker, no drugs
- If in a relationship, your partner must also comply with all requirements
- Clear our criminal background checks entirely
What’s a Surrogate Mother?
A surrogate mother is a woman who, by agreement, carries a child for a couple or individual through the help of an agency such as Edwards Surrogate. Being a surrogate mother is about giving the joy of life to those who would otherwise not be able to experience it. Not only is a surrogate mother able to bring joy and hope to a couple or individual, but surrogate mothers are often compensated for their time and effort.
There are several reasons why surrogate mothers are used. They include the women having a hysterectomy, medical issues with her uterus or medical conditions such as heart disease that makes pregnancy too risky or impossible. Surrogate mothers also allow for gay couples to choose the donor of the egg or sperm in order to have a child of their own.
Through advances in modern medicine, an “in vitro fertilization” (IVF) allows doctors to gather an egg from the biological mother and use the chosen father’s sperm to fertilize it, and then safely inserts the embryo into the surrogate mother’s uterus. This method is referred to as a gestational surrogate. It is a more common surrogate method today than the traditional surrogate method where the surrogate mother’s eggs are donated and used to initiate the pregnancy along with the chosen father’s sperm. Through the gestational surrogate method, the surrogate does not have any genetic association with the baby because her egg was not used. This means that the biological mother is the women whose egg it was, and the surrogate is referred to as the “birth mother”.
Through the assistance of Edwards Surrogate, the entire process can be handled and agreed upon by all parties involved. Since there can be legal concerns, using an agency can be a very important aspect of the process.
Is it Safe to Be a Surrogate Mother?
Surrogacy is as safe as any normal pregnancy. Thanks to all of the advances in medicine, pregnancy has never been as safe for women to go through as it is today.
There are still risks involved in carrying a child such as difficulty sleeping, high blood pressure, placenta previa, loose skin, varicose veins, weight gain, stretch marks, nausea, constipation, and anemia among other common pregnancy risks. There may also be reactions to fertility medications such as headaches, irritability, restlessness and hot flushes. Post-partum depression can also be a risk factor to consider. All of the risks involved should be thoroughly discussed with you with your fertility physician.
In order to reduce the risks involved with being a surrogate mother, we at Edwards Surrogate have requirements that must be met in order to become a surrogate mother in our agency. They are as follows:
- You must have successfully delivered at least one healthy child of your own
- You must be considered to be in good health and meet the weight and height guidelines set in the BMI<32
- Went through a full term delivery with no complications
- Your financial position should be stable, and you must own reliable transport to travel to and from your medical appointments
- Must be able to pass our criminal background checks
- Be between the ages of 21-38
- Must be reliable and dedicated to the surrogate process, and adhere to our counseling protocols and strict screening process
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Be drug-free and a non-smoker
- If you are currently in a relationship, your partner must also comply and accept all of our terms and requirements
By meeting the requirements to be a surrogate mother at Edwards Surrogate, it reduces many of the risks involved with carrying a child.