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Understanding Surrogacy Requirements: Ensuring a Safe and Positive Journey

Are you intrigued by the idea of becoming a surrogate mother but uncertain if you meet the necessary requirements? At Smart Surrogacy, we often receive inquiries about these qualifications and why they are in place. The reason is simple: we prioritize the safety and well-being of both the surrogate and the baby. Our surrogacy requirements are designed to ensure a positive outcome for all involved.


If you're interested in becoming a surrogate, we're thrilled that you're considering this incredible journey. Before you apply, it's essential to familiarize yourself with our requirements:


Previous Successful Pregnancy and Parenting Experience:

To become a surrogate, an applicant must have had a successful term pregnancy and be currently parenting at least one child. This requirement confirms the surrogate's ability to carry a baby to term and provides assurance that there won't be any complications during the pregnancy.


Uncomplicated Pregnancy and Delivery History:

We require surrogates to have a history of uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, as confirmed by medical records. This ensures a lower risk of complications for both the baby and the surrogate during the surrogacy journey.


Age Range of 21 to 44 Years:

Surrogates must be between 21 and 44 years old. While there have been cases of successful pregnancies outside this range, age limits are set in collaboration with IVF clinics to minimize health risks for the surrogate and the baby.


Body Mass Index (BMI) Limit of 33:

Most circumstances require surrogates to have a BMI no higher than 33. This is not only for health reasons but also to ensure proper response to necessary medications during the surrogacy process.


Citizenship or Legal Residence in the United States:

Surrogates must be citizens, legal residents, or legal immigrants of the United States. Legal residents or immigrants must have valid documentation for at least two years and possess a valid driver's license.


Financial Stability:

Being financially secure is a requirement, and each situation is assessed on a case-by-case basis to ensure the surrogate's well-being throughout the journey.


Strong Support System and Social Work Screening:

Surrogates must have the support of their family, and if married or partnered, their partner's support as well. Both the surrogate and her partner or primary support person must agree to participate in a social work screening. Having a robust support system is crucial for a successful surrogacy journey.


Healthy and Responsible Lifestyle:

Surrogates must lead a healthy, stable, and responsible lifestyle to provide a safe environment for themselves and the baby.


Willingness to Travel for Medical Appointments:

Surrogates should be willing to travel for medical screening and embryo transfer, including overnight stays when necessary.


No Use of Illegal Drugs, Cigarettes, or Alcohol Abuse:

Surrogates cannot use illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes, or abuse alcohol during the surrogacy process, ensuring a safe environment for the baby.


Understanding What Disqualifies a Surrogate:

If a woman does not meet the surrogacy requirements, it does not reflect on her ability to get pregnant or her worth as a person or mother. Reasons for disqualification can include not meeting age or BMI requirements, experiencing infertility in past pregnancies, residing in a non-surrogacy-friendly state, having pre-existing conditions not accepted by clinics, or having a history of complicated pregnancies or births.


As you consider surrogacy and potential agencies, rest assured that we're here to answer any questions you may have. Our experienced surrogates have successfully navigated their journeys, and we've compiled frequently asked questions on our website for your convenience. If you need further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to us on social media or via email. We look forward to supporting you on this incredible surrogacy journey!


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