3 Qualifications of A Surrogate Mother

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Qualifications of A Surrogate Mother

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So, how do you become a surrogate mother for someone?  There are quite a few qualifications that you’ll need to look into before you can take on a huge responsibility like this, and I have a few that I’d like share that are essential before beginning this journey!

Make Sure Your Are Truly Ready to Offer This Gift

While it’s wonderful to be pregnant and carry a child, you also want to make sure you are really 100% ready to do so for another couple. While you will be carrying the baby, it would not be your baby, so ensuring that you fully understand your role in what a surrogate mother is and does is key.  

Part of preparing for your journey is discussing the process with your support system, a mental health provider, and others who have gone through this themselves. It’s an honor, privilege and amazing thing you are doing, but also carries risks. Your partner, support system, and your healthcare providers should be fully aware of your intentions to be a Surrogate before beginning.  

The last thing you want to do is get someone’s hope up without understanding what you are offering

Research Agencies

When it comes to being a surrogate, you need to make sure that you are comfortable with the agency you are working with. There are several out there, so you’ll want to make sure to complete an interview with them to make sure they are a great fit for you. In addition to receiving ongoing support and education about the process, you should feel satisfied by communication with their staff, and feel like they will advocate for your best interests throughout the process.

Image: Family Makers Surrogacy

If you’re looking for an agency in the Atlanta area, I really recommend Family Makers Surrogacy.  Started by a former Intended Parent, Ashlee Hammonds went through her own misfortune of miscarriage and understands first hand the importance of great relationships and open communication between Intended Parents and Surrogates throughout their journey.  This agency is all about thoughtful matching, spending time getting to know you on a personal level to ensure a perfect match.

Make Sure You Are Qualified

You’re providing a home for the next 9 months for a precious baby that a family has been wanting.  Think of it as extreme babysitting. Your primary responsibility is to deliver a healthy baby, so one of the most important things you’ll want to do is ensure you meet the criteria to be a Surrogate.  

Agencies have their specific list of qualifications you should meet, and most are open to discuss any specific concerns or questions you may have before applying. To confirm you are eligible to carry a baby for someone, any agency or fertility clinic you’ll work with will require a review of your prenatal and delivery history. You’ll need to get a clearance letter from your OBGYN stating that you have a healthy pregnancy history, are free of any significant medical issues, and have your doctor’s support to be a surrogate.  

There are quite a number of additional qualifications that you’ll have to meet, including having a healthy weight and lifestyle. If you think you meet qualifications to be a Surrogate, then reach out to an agency to learn about the process step by step. It’s the most priceless gift you can give someone who would love to have a child.

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We hope this post has helped you get an understanding of becoming a Surrogate Mother. 

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