Surrogate Alternatives, Inc. has been building families through surrogacy and egg donation for 23 years and in those years, we’ve recruited surrogates that are highly qualified, motivated and committed. We’re able to provide our Intended Parents with amazing surrogates because we conduct an intensive and thorough screening process before a surrogate is accepted into our program. These are just some of our qualifications of a surrogate:
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Have given birth to and raising that child
- Age 21-38
- Healthy lifestyle and BMI under 32
- Agree to Psychological screening
- Willing to undergo background checks
- Healthy reproductive history
The surrogate qualifications to become a surrogate at SAI are stringent because we want to provide both the surrogate and the intended parent with the best possible experience.
Have given birth to and raising that child
This is the number one requirement to become a gestational surrogate with Surrogate Alternatives as well as ALL IVF clinics. The reason is that once a woman gives birth, it shows she is able to become pregnant and establishes fertility. The IVF clinic will also require OB records from the surrogate so the IVF physician can review them to make sure the surrogate had an uneventful and uncomplicated pregnancy. The reason Surrogate Alternatives Inc. (SAI) likes to know you are raising your child is that it shows stability as not only a mother but in life.
During our 15 years of experience in operating a surrogacy and egg donation agency, we feel that our surrogates need to be at least 21 years of age to be a surrogate; this is also an IVF clinic requirement. We accept surrogate mothers up to the age of 38, since of course it’s the egg donors or intended mothers who provide their eggs, and not the surrogate mother.
BMI Under 32
IVF clinics have become very strict in regards to the body mass index (BMI) a surrogate mother must be, in order to become a surrogate mother. The reason for this is, if you are over the normal BMI you are at a greater risk of developing diabetes, which can be a risk not only to you but also, to the pregnancy.
This is one of the standard requirements of our program and the IVF clinic. The IVF clinic not only requires it, but it is important as you are carrying someone else’s child and must make sure you are healthy. The intended parents must put their trust in you, a complete stranger and this only helps them through this emotional process.
Willing to undergo background checks
All potential surrogates who meet the qualifications of a surrogate and are being considered for our program must agree to undergo a background checks. As you can imagine this criminal backgrounds are important for any intended parent who will be choosing their gestational surrogate to carry their child. Building trust is an important part of the journey.
Healthy Reproductive History
Most of the times clients come with unhealthy reproductive history and are looking for a surrogate who can give them the best chance of building their family. All clinics will look over your reproductive history and will red flag any issues.
For more information on the qualifications of a surrogate, please visit our requirements page located here.