Surrogacy Requirements

What are the Requirements To Be A Surrogate Mother? 

The requirements for a woman who wants to become a surrogate can vary depending on the surrogacy program, country, and state regulations. However, there are some common criteria that many surrogacy agencies and clinics consider when selecting potential surrogates. Keep in mind that these requirements might change over time and based on the specific circumstances, so it’s important to consult with the appropriate professionals for the most up-to-date information. Reach out to IVF Origen Agency today to initiate a conversation about surrogate requirements and determine your eligibility as a potential surrogate mother.

Here are some typical requirements for women who want to become surrogates:

Age Range

Surrogates are usually within a certain age range, often between 21 and 40 years old. This is to ensure the surrogate’s physical and emotional readiness for pregnancy and childbirth.

Physical and Mental Health

Surrogates must undergo comprehensive medical and psychological evaluations to assess their overall health and mental well-being. This helps ensure that they are physically capable of carrying a pregnancy to term and emotionally prepared for the journey.

Previous Pregnancy Experience

Many surrogacy programs prefer candidates who have previously carried a pregnancy to term and given birth. This indicates the candidate’s ability to have a successful pregnancy and delivery.

No History of Complications

Candidates should ideally have a history of uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries. This reduces the risk of potential medical complications during the surrogacy.

Healthy Lifestyle

Surrogates are often expected to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and avoidance of harmful substances like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

BMI Range

Many surrogacy programs have a Body Mass Index (BMI) requirement to ensure that surrogates are within a healthy weight range. This is important for the health of both the surrogate and the baby.


Surrogates are typically required to be non-smokers and may need to agree to abstain from smoking during the pregnancy and while in contact with the baby.

Stable Mental Health

A surrogate’s mental health is crucial, as the emotional aspects of surrogacy can be challenging. Candidates are usually assessed to ensure they are emotionally stable and capable of handling the emotional aspects of carrying a child for someone else.

Supportive Partner and Family

If a candidate is in a relationship, the partner’s support is often taken into consideration. A strong support system at home can contribute to a smoother surrogacy experience.

Clear Motivation

Surrogates should have clear and altruistic motivations for wanting to become a surrogate, such as a genuine desire to help others build a family rather than purely financial reasons.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check is often conducted to ensure that the surrogate has no history of serious criminal offenses.

Legal Considerations

Surrogates should be legally eligible to enter into a surrogacy agreement, which might involve checking for any legal issues that could complicate the process.

“Being a surrogate mother is a gift of life wrapped in compassion, a chapter where the pages are written with selflessness and love.”

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