What are the Requirements to be a Surrogate?
Being a surrogate is a life-changing and rewarding experience. If you’re considering becoming a surrogate to help create or expand a family, you may be wondering what the requirements are to become a surrogate. Growing Generations requires that our surrogates meet certain minimum qualifications when it comes to their health, lifestyle, and finances.
- Between the ages of 21-38 years old for first time surrogates or 21-39 for returning surrogates.
- Have had at least one pregnancy and delivery of their own.
- Have not had a past occurrence of serious pregnancy complications. Examples include, toxemia, pre-eclampsia, and preterm labor, incompetent cervix, and pregnancy-induced hypertension. The health and safety of our surrogates and the babies they carry is very important to us, so we do not accept surrogates with a history of these complications.
- Do not have any health conditions that can be exacerbated by pregnancy.
- Have a healthy body mass index (BMI) below 33.
- Do not use tobacco and no exposure to second-hand tobacco use. Women must be tobacco-free for a minimum of 6 months before applying to the program.
- Live in a surrogacy friendly state. Surrogacy is not legal in all states. If you reside in a state where surrogacy is risky or not legal, Growing Generations will not be able to accept your application. Those states are: Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, and Wyoming. In addition, if you are not a United States citizen, you must have a valid Green Card/Visa that is valid for the next three years.
- Have no criminal history. Growing Generations does not accept surrogates who have been convicted of a felony or whose partner has been convicted of a felony.
- Are financially stable. Surrogacy should not be a sole source of income for any woman interested in becoming a surrogate. As such, we do regular household income verification, and there can be no history of bankruptcy in the last year.
All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. This list is meant to serve as an insight, so you can understand what some of the requirements are to becoming a surrogate. Because Growing Generations invests such a large amount of time and resources into our application and screening process, we are proud to boast a quick match to transfer timeline and an extensive record of success stories.
If you have additional questions about our surrogate requirements, please feel free to address them directly with your admissions specialist. Here is everything you need to know about the surrogacy process at Growing Generations. Are you ready to find out if you qualify? Take the next step: Start the application process now, and find out in minutes if you meet our minimum surrogate requirements.