We are happy you are interested in becoming a surrogate mother in Ohio! Circle has worked with many surrogates from Ohio who have helped grow families.
Women who apply to become surrogates do so because they want to help someone experience the joy of parenthood, who can't do so on their own. Surrogate mothers have had uncomplicated pregnancies, and are usually finished growing their own families.
Surrogate moms are generous and kind, courageous and caring.
They are just like you!
In order to qualify to become a surrogate mother, here are some requirements an applicant from Ohio 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
- High compensation with a customized benefits package
- Work with a personal program coordination team and licensed social worker
- Opportunity to work with domestic and international Intended Parents
Although there are no legal frameworks in place for surrogacy arrangements, the state’s recognition of past cases suggest favorable outcomes for surrogacy in Ohio. Also, the 2001 Decker v. Decker case laid the groundwork for same-sex couples to receive legal recognition in surrogacy agreements as long as they are written.