When you are ready to become a surrogate, the first step is to fill out a surrogate application. Surrogacy agencies have their applications right on their websites, and you can easily apply to become a surrogate right from your phone. You may want to review surrogate mother requirements before applying to see if you'd qualify to be a surrogate mother.
What questions will I be asked on the application?
The types of questions you'll be asked on your surrogacy application can vary by surrogacy agency. In general, you will be asked general information questions such as your name, your contact information and where you live. This is to ensure you live in a state where surrogacy is legal.
The application may also ask about your family life, your medical, pregnancy and delivery history. You may also be asked questions about your financial status, and information to process a background check.
Why does the surrogacy application ask so many personal questions?
It's important that the women who apply to become surrogate mothers are serious about the surrogacy process and what being a surrogate entails. That includes sharing many details about her personal life and history in order to ensure she's qualified to become a surrogate. A surrogacy journey involves many people – surrogacy agency personnel, IVF clinic staff, the intended parents and hospital staff – a surrogate mother should be prepared to be comfortable sharing information with others during a surrogacy journey.
Why does my BMI matter? Why do I have to meet weight requirements?
BMI has been analyzed by many doctors, nutritionists, and scientists to gauge the accuracy of the measurement for judging health. While it isn't the only way to determine the health of a surrogate mother, it's still an important measurement when discussing pregnancy, surrogacy, and the health related risks associated with being pregnant. Read more and calculate your BMI.
The surrogate application is long, can I start it and finish it later?
Some surrogate applications allow you to begin your application and then pick back up where you left off if you're not able to finish it. You should try and set aside about 15 minutes to complete a full surrogate application.
What if I have questions about becoming a surrogate, or the surrogate application?
If you have any questions, you can email the Surrogate PreScreening team. Every woman on this team is an experienced surrogate – some have been surrogates two and three times! They can answer any of your questions, share their experiences or help you through the application.