Women from New Hampshire, you're in luck! Favorable surrogacy legislation passed in 2014, excellent medical care, and proximity to Boston make New Hampshire a great place for surrogates.
Circle's surrogates come from across the United States and our intended parents come from around the world. But surrogates from New Hampshire are in a geographically favorable position. Many of Circle's intended parents live in New York, Boston or in Europe, and as a result choose to work with IVF clinics in the Northeast. While this is not always the case, New Hampshire surrogates may have less need for traveling to IVF clinic appointments.
While New Hampshire was one of the first states to enact a law that expressly supports the rights of parents to conceive a child through surrogacy, it has not always been the easiest state in which to pursue surrogacy. Complicated and restrictive procedures made it difficult for couples using an egg donor and often required intended parents to complete legal work in their home state.
In 2014, however, new legislation passed by the state legislature and signed into law by the governor modernized the state’s surrogacy laws. The law recognizes that surrogacy is an option pursued by gay and straight couples and single individuals, both using their own genetic material, as well as eggs or sperm provided by donors.
In order to qualify to become a surrogate, here are some requirements an applicant must meet:
• Has delivered a child of their own, and is currently parenting at least one child.
• Has had uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries, as documented by medical records.
• Is between 21-41 years of age.
• Typically has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 33. Calculate My BMI.
• Is a citizen, legal resident or legal immigrant of the United States. If a surrogate is a legal resident or legal immigrant of the United States, the surrogate must be able to provide documentation that is valid for at least 2 years.
• Does 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.
• Gain an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family
• Work with intended parents and clinics local to your area, which helps reduce your travel.
• Exceptional Compensation and benefits
• Build a life-long relationship with forever-grateful intended parents
• Work with a personal journey coordination team and licensed social worker
• Consult with your legal representation to guide you through the legal process