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Requirements & Disqualifications

 Surrogate Requirements: See If You Qualify for Surrogacy

Women interested in becoming surrogates with Circle Surrogacy should meet the gestational surrogate requirements and qualifications listed below.

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Surrogate Requirements

These requirements were created under the guidance of fertility clinics and The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). We maintain these guidelines, which are proven to be successful by 99.3% of our parents bringing home babies, in the best interests of both IPs and surrogates.

See if you qualify to become a surrogate.

    • Be between 21- 42 years of age

    • Has delivered a child of her own and is currently parenting at least one child

    • Has completed at least one successful pregnancy and birth without complications

    • Has a Body Mass Index (BMI) lower than 33. Calculate My BMI

    • Reside in the United States in a surrogate-friendly state (we cannot accept gestational carriers who reside in Nebraska or Louisiana)

    • Not participate in the following government aid programs: cash assistance, welfare, public housing and section 8 

    • All other forms of government assistance will be considered on a case-by-case basis

    • Have the support of her family. If married or partnered, the surrogate must have her partner’s support.

    • Be willing to travel to a fertility clinic for the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) process

    • Not use illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes, or abuse alcohol

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What Disqualifies You From Being a Surrogate?

When a woman doesn't meet surrogate requirements, it means she does not meet the specific criteria put forth by fertility clinics to have the best chance at a successful surrogate pregnancy possible for all parties involved.

Reasons why a surrogate applicant may be disqualified:

Not being in the correct age range

Has not previously given birth

Having a BMI above the accepted range

Not living in a surrogacy-friendly state

Not meeting health requirements, such as being a smoker

Not meeting the financial requirements

Not having the support of her family and/or spouse

Her current lifestyle or well being does not allow for the emotional and mental commitment of surrogacy

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If you do not qualify for surrogacy, that is not a reflection on you as a person. It simply means that a surrogate pregnancy is not the right fit for your health or lifestyle at this time. 


For example, a BMI above 33 does not mean you are not healthy. It simply means you are not in the optimal range for the IVF medications and guidelines for being a surrogate. These mandates ensure you will properly respond to medications and have the best chance of carrying a successful pregnancy.


If you meet the above requirements, we’d love to meet you! See if you qualify with our short application. 

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