Physical Qualifications to Become a Surrogate|
1. You know that being pregnant can be complicated and come with risks. A pregnancy that you carry for someone else is no different. Physical qualifications for being a surrogate ensure that you are capable of carrying a gestational pregnancy at minimal risk to yourself and the intended parents’ baby.
Professionals set physical qualifications to be a surrogate based on what can prove your ability to safely carry a child for someone else. Of course, every agency’s guidelines are different, but these are the basic required standards you must meet to become a gestational carrier:
Be at least 21 years old and younger than 40
Have a healthy BMI, as determined by your doctor
Have carried at least one pregnancy successfully to term
Be raising a child of your own in your own home
No major complications in your previous pregnancies
Be off anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication for 12 months
Have no new tattoos or piercings within 12 months of starting the process
If you meet these basic surrogate qualifications, you may be a good candidate for surrogacy. It’s always a good idea to contact a professional, even if you don’t meet a certain qualification; many professionals approve surrogates on a case-by-case basis and may make an exception to the rules.
However, if you are not of a proper age or have not been pregnant before, you will be hard pressed to find a surrogacy professional or clinic that will approve you moving forward with the surrogacy process.
2. Psychological Qualifications for Being a Surrogate
Qualifying as a surrogate is about more than just meeting medical requirements. Every woman considering this path should be aware of the emotional and psychological challenges of this journey before they get started.
When you become a surrogate, you commit yourself (and your family) to a partnership of a year or more with intended parents. You will have to give up a great deal of your time and energy to help them become parents. You’ll be attending doctor’s appointments before and throughout your pregnancy, and you’ll need to set up meetings and calls with your intended parents as your pregnancy progresses. Being a surrogate is like a full-time job, so it’s important that you and your spouse are prepared for the extra stresses it may cause in your everyday routine.
At the same time that you handle your everyday responsibilities, you will also be coping with the hormonal changes (and emotional stressors) of being pregnant. While it’s rare for a surrogate to get “attached” to the baby she is carrying, it’s normal to feel some conflicting emotions during your pregnancy. Being in a solid emotional place before starting can help prepare you for this.
To qualify as a surrogate mother, you will need to speak in depth with a surrogacy professional, who will explain what you can expect moving forward and prepare you for the challenges you may experience.
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