Frequently Asked Questions for Surrogates
Surrogate Mother Requirements
What are Circle Surrogacy's requirements for surrogates?
- Have delivered a child of their own
- Are between the ages of 21-41 years of age
- Do not participate in certain government aid programs including cash assistance, welfare, public housing or section 8
- Typically have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 33. (In some instances, BMI between 33-35 is acceptable.) Calculate My BMI.
- Live in a surrogate-friendly state in the United States (we are very sorry but we cannot accept gestational carriers who reside in Washington, D.C., Washington, Nebraska, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, New Jersey)
- Have the support of family and friends
- Do not use illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes, or abuse alcohol
- Women with IUDs, contraceptive implants, or who have had the Depo Provera shot are welcome to apply but must be willing to have their IUDs removed before a transfer, and should understand that they may be placed on hold temporarily. We are not able to accept women who have had the Essure procedure.
I have had my tubes tied. Can I still be a gestational carrier?
Absolutely. Having your tubes tied will not affect your ability to be a successful surrogate.
I am currently enrolled in a government assistance program. Can I be a surrogate?
Why is BMI important?
I am currently breastfeeding. Can I still apply to become a surrogate?
How long do I have to wait after my last delivery before I can become a surrogate?
Why do I have to wait to move forward with my surrogacy if I plan to stop breastfeeding?
It is typically recommended that a gestational surrogate who is breastfeeding stop at least one month before undergoing an IVF treatment cycle whereby an embryo is transferred into her uterus.
The process of breastfeeding induces the secretion of certain hormones, including prolactin and oxytocin. Prolactin induces amenorrhea, or lack of ovulation and periods. Timing during an IVF cycle is critical, and doctors need to synchronize a surrogate’s menstruation with that of the egg producer, hence the need to know when the surrogate is getting her period. Also, elevated levels of prolactin associated with breastfeeding might have a deleterious effect on implantation, although we don’t have strong data to support it.
Finally, the hormone oxytocin, released as a result of breastfeeding, causes uterine contractions, which in turn could be harmful to the implantation process when an embryo is trying to attach to the lining of the uterus. Read more about why you will need to be placed on hold while you’re breastfeeding.
I am 42 years old. I just had a baby last year. Why can't I be a surrogate mother?Age limits are set by the IVF clinics. Because of fluctuating hormones and the increased health risks to you and the baby or babies, the age limit is no higher than 42 years of age. On occasion, we make exceptions, but only for women who have been surrogate mothers recently. If this applies to you, please email us.
I needed to take anti-depressants after the birth of my last baby for postpartum depression. Can I still be a surrogate mother?
I have been prescribed anti-depressants in the past. Can I be a surrogate mother?
My significant other doesn't seem on board with my being a surrogate. Can I still move forward?
If I have a sexually-transmitted disease/infection (STI/STD), can I still be a carrier?
I do not believe in selective reduction or abortion for any reason. Should I still apply?
We do occasionally have couples who share these beliefs, however it is a rare occurrence as most of our intended parents ultimately want the choice to make decisions about their own family. You are encouraged to inquire with our staff whether or not we currently have intended parents who would not terminate a pregnancy due to a severe medical diagnosis of the fetus.