Thinking about becoming a gestational carrier? It’s an incredible journey, and there are some important qualifications and requirements you need to know about. A gestational surrogate is a woman who carries a baby for intended parents who can’t carry a pregnancy themselves. This role takes a lot of commitment, responsibility, and emotional maturity.

Different surrogacy agencies have their own set of rules. At Abundant Beginnings, we stick to the surrogate qualifications set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine to make sure everything goes smoothly and safely.

When we interview potential surrogates, we focus on three main areas:

  • physical and pregnancy history
  • emotional stability
  • and family/community support system

Being a gestational surrogate involves considering things like age, medical history, emotional readiness, and having a strong support network. If you meet these qualifications, you could help someone achieve their dream of becoming a parent. The whole surrogate screening process usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks.

Screening Qualifications

  • Must be between the ages of 21-40
  • Have a BMI of under 32 
  • Must have given birth to at least one child
  • No major complications in previous pregnancies
  • Currently raising a child of one’s own
  • Must reside in the U.S.
  • Is a nonsmoker & does not use illegal drugs
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Willing to comply with a complete background check

Qualifying as a surrogate isn’t just about ticking off medical boxes. You also need to be aware of the emotional and psychological impact on you and your family.

For example, as a surrogate you commit a great deal of your time before and during your pregnancy at doctor’s appointments and having ongoing meetings and calls with your intended parents. Being a surrogate is comparable to having a part-time job. It is important to be prepared for the extra work and demands it may place on your everyday life for you and your family.

Plus, you’ll be dealing with the ups and downs of pregnancy hormones, which can bring a mix of emotions. That’s why having a strong support system is super important. This can include your partner, family, and friends who can be there for you when you need it.

At the end of the day, it’s crucial to be in a good mental and emotional place before starting surrogacy. Becoming a surrogate is a big commitment, so making sure you’re really ready for this role is key. Abundant Beginnings Co. is here to support and guide you every step of the way on this amazing surrogacy journey to help others.

Common Questions

What is the difference between a traditional surrogate and a gestational surrogate?

A traditional surrogate is a woman who donates her egg and carries the pregnancy, making her the biological mother of the child. In contrast, a gestational surrogate, also known as a gestational carrier, carries a pregnancy created with an egg and sperm from the intended parents or donors, so she has no genetic connection to the baby. At Abundant Beginnings, we focus on gestational surrogacy to ensure clear legal and emotional boundaries for all parties involved.

What kind of support system is essential for a surrogate?

A strong support system is crucial for a surrogate’s success and well-being. This includes having a supportive partner, family, and friends who can provide emotional and practical support throughout the surrogacy journey. Surrogates often need help with childcare when they need to attend medical appointments, household tasks, and emotional support, especially during the more demanding phases of pregnancy and after the birth.

How does the matching process work between surrogates and intended parents?

The matching process involves careful consideration of the surrogate’s and intended parents’ preferences, expectations, and personalities. At Abundant Beginnings, we facilitate thorough discussions and meetings to ensure both parties are comfortable and aligned. This process helps build a strong, trusting relationship, which is vital for a smooth and positive surrogacy process.

Becoming a surrogate is a big commitment on so many levels, so ensuring you are prepared for this role is the most important thing.  Surrogacy is an amazing journey of learning and sharing one of the greatest gifts that someone can give.

Abundant Beginnings Co. is an agency that is responsive, experienced and compassionate and there to support and educate you throughout this process.

Contact Abundant Beginnings Co. today to learn more about the win-win process of helping others through surrogacy!