FAQ: Is There a Weight Requirement to Become a Surrogate?

surrogate weight requirement

We love receiving your questions about surrogacy on Facebook either through comments or by private message, so please keep them coming. However, there are some questions we receive often. One question we see a lot is: Is there a weight requirement to become a surrogate?

There is no weight requirement but there is a BMI, or Body Mass Index, requirement.

Why does BMI matter for Surrogates?BMI

BMI is a measure of your body fat based on your height and weight. The requirement is put in place for your safety. We screen surrogates because we want to make sure that a surrogacy journey is going to be the right choice for each individual who applies.

The required BMI to become a surrogate is 33 and under, and in some cases, 33-35 can be accepted too. 

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Become a Surrogate Webinar with Kristi Johnson and Amanda Baker

Yesterday Surrogate Outreach Coordinators Kristi Johnson and Amanda Baker hosted a webinar to take women through the full process of becoming a surrogate. In addition to working closely with the surrogacy process for Circle, they have both gone through surrogacy journeys of their own. Their unique perspective made this a lively and informative discussion.

This webinar is the perfect 30-minute listen if you want to learn about surrogacy, but you don’t want to read through the materials, or if you have read through the materials online and you want a refresher course.

Becoming a surrogate can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, but it’s an important decision that requires research and thought. During yesterday’s live Webinar Kristi and Amanda answered several audience questions like “Do the injections really hurt?” (the answer may surprise you) in addition to questions about breastfeeding, compensation, and at-home support.

If you would like to reach out to Kristi, email her at kjohnson@circlesurrogacy.com. To connect with Amanda, email her at abaker@circlesurrogacy.com.

For updates, photos, and the latest in surrogacy news, follow us on facebook.com/circlesurrogacy!

If you’re ready to start the application, click here!

Circle Surrogacy’s Director of Legal Services on Turn the Page for a New Episode: Surrogacy as a Family Building Option – Legal Issues

Circle Surrogacy's Director of Legal Services on a Podcast

This is the last of a three-episode series featuring surrogacy as a parenting alternative. In the first episode, we discussed the surrogacy process, from screening and match to engaging necessary supports and cultivating the career-intended parent relationship.

During the second episode, an intended parent turned new Mom and former carrier who developed a career with a surrogacy agency, shared their realities, from the decisions that led to their surrogacy journeys through post delivery.

The final episode will dispel some of the rumors and address concerns that are associated with surrogacy from a legal perspective. You may have come across horror stories in news publications related to both carriers and intended parents, which speaks to the critical nature of securing sound legal guidance in this process.

International legal expert Dean Hutchison, Esq., of Circle Surrogacy (www.circlesurrogacy.com) will provide information about both international and domestic surrogacy laws.

Mark your calendar for June 24 and save this link.

Over 600,000 People Watched Elite Daily’s Short Documentary Surrogacy and the Modern Family

That’s 665,407 people to be exact. 2,464 shares. 5,100 likes.

The positive response to Elite Daily‘s short documentary, SURROGACY: Redefining the Modern Family has blown us away. We are deeply grateful that Elite Daily decided to interview an intended parent and surrogate who had worked with us!

The comments, all 268 of them, meant the world to us because even though surrogacy is a familiar concept in our everyday lives, we know we have work to do before everyone truly understands what surrogacy is and the great impact it has on so many people’s lives. While there is a good number of accurate stories available, there is a reason we wrote the blog post called 7 Things the Media Gets Wrong about Surrogacy in the United States.

The documentary put together by Elite Daily captured the beauty of surrogacy in a way we haven’t seen from other media outlets. So, when we read through the comments, we were delighted to see everyone’s kind words and support of surrogacy. Since you probably don’t have the time to filter through comments, we did it for you. Wednesday is a good day for a little warming of the heart.

Elite Daily documentary comments:

  • Wow! What an absolutely amazing group of people! It makes me so proud that there are such wonderful, unselfish humans in this world.
  • 🏼GS [gestational surrogate] of 5 here, LOVE this! It’s rare to see the beauty in surrogacy in the media! Surrogacy is profoundly indescribable. ❤️ 
  • You two are both beautiful people who deserve a beautiful family, and that’s exactly what you have! I’m so happy for you.
  • A true blessing all the way around. These babies are so blessed to have [Michael] as a parent. He’s one amazing guy!! 😊
  • This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!
  • Brought tears to my eyes ! Beautiful is an understatement. 😍🙌🏼
  • If only we had a thousand Jennas in this world. So selfless. So beautiful!
  • I have so much respect for the women who act as a surrogate making so many people’s dreams of having children come true and giving life to the babies–that’s amazing!

We hope you enjoyed watching the documentary as much as we did. Thank you for sharing this video and being a part of our amazing community.

Circle Surrogacy’s Jen Rachman at CancerCon

CancerCon Surrogacy

Last week our Outreach Coordinator Jen Rachman traveled to Denver, Colo. for CancerCon—the premier oncology conference and social networking event for the young adult cancer movement.

This gathering is the largest of its kind. They bring together over 600 hundred survivors, caregivers and advocates to connect, get educated, and build community.

Jen’s presence was important to her personally and to the community for many reasons. Jen is an ovarian cancer survivor, a parent through surrogacy, and a social worker. Now in her role at Circle Surrogacy, she helps educate parents about the process of surrogacy as they make their decision to embark on the journey to have a child with Circle.

This is unlike many of the conferences we attend. Most of the other vendors at CancerCon are non-profits offering support and resources. Circle was the only surrogacy agency present for the event exhibiting.

Jen’s role at the conference was to let survivors know what is possible. This particular trip was even more eventful since the surrogate she worked with, Chantel, stopped by to sit with her and speak with attendees. And, attendees had a lot to share with Chantel—mostly it was awe and gratitude, but also she was an inspiration to attendees to know that there are people in the world willing to help those who can’t have children on their own.

CancerCon

Jen and Chantel.

Jen had many roles at the event, not the least of which being a panelist for “Parenthood After Cancer.” (Photo below).

CancerCon Surrogacy

On a personal level, Jen said the most rewarding aspect of the conference was hearing other people’s stories, insights, and experiences.

CancerCon exhibit photo

To get in touch with Jen, you can email her at jrachman@circlesurrogacy.com or you can follow her on twitter at @jen_rachman.

Recently she was interviewed by Elite Daily for a short documentary about surrogacy. Watch it here!

Video: Surrogacy – Redefining the Modern Family

In the fall, I received a call from Elite Daily asking for contacts to create a documentary about surrogacy from the perspective of surrogates. I asked some questions about the project wanting to be protective and knowing that sometimes surrogacy is misrepresented and misunderstood by the media.

The producer, Amanda, had all the right answers. Over the next few months, I worked to connect her with surrogates who were willing to be on camera. Understandably, not every person wants to be interviewed for a large pop culture publication–Elite Daily has over 3 million Facebook fans alone.

From there the producer set up interviews. Eventually, she came to me asking to speak with a social worker. I put her in touch with Jen Rachman, who works with intended parents at the beginning of their journey. She is also a cancer survivor, parent through surrogacy, and an articulate advocate for surrogacy.

We counted down the days until the piece was released. When we first saw the video in the office, a lot happened. For one, we wanted to watch it over and over again because Jen, Jenna (Circle surrogate who was featured in this Elite Daily documentary), and Michael (Circle intended parent who welcomed twins Rocco and Camilla) did such a beautiful job sharing their journey.

I hope you enjoy watching this video as much as we did. It explains many common misconceptions about surrogacy.

To learn more about becoming an intended parent through surrogacy, click here.
To learn more about becoming a surrogate, click here.