Surrogate qualifications: Learn what’s required

Becoming a surrogate mother is a one-of-a-kind journey with Circle Surrogacy because of our requirements, thorough process and wonderful benefits.

 What are our surrogate mother qualifications?

What are our surrogate mother qualifications?

Women interested in becoming surrogate mothers with Circle Surrogacy:

• Must have delivered a child of their own, and is currently parenting at least one child.
•Must have completed successful pregnancy and birth, without complications, as documented by medical records.
• Must be between 21-41 years of age.
• In most circumstances, must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of no higher than 33. Calculate My BMI.
• Must be 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.
• Must 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.
• Must live in a surrogate-friendly state in the United States (we are very sorry but we cannot accept gestational carriers who reside in Nebraska, Louisiana, Michigan, New York).
• Must have a valid driver’s license.
• Must have the support of her family. If married or partnered, the surrogate must have her partner’s support. Also, the surrogate and her partner/primary support person must agree to participate in a social work screening.
• Must be financially secure.
• Must lead a stable, responsible lifestyle.
•Must be willing to travel to a fertility clinic for the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) process. Please note, often these trips include overnight stays.
• Must not use illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes, or abuse alcohol.

Becoming a Surrogate: An Overview

The application and prescreening process.

The first step in becoming a surrogate is to complete our initial application. After your application is received and reviewed, if approved, an Outreach Coordinator will reach out to you within 24 hours. During the screening process, you'll be connected to our Prescreening Coordinator and we'll review your medical records, including previous OBGYN records and recent pap-smear results.

Screening and matching considerations.

You'll have an interview with a social worker from Circle. The call will last approximately 2-2 ½ hours. During the social work screening, the social worker will conduct an in-depth interview and psychological evaluation with you, examining your motivation to become a surrogate, your support system, your pregnancy and birth history, your family, your interpersonal relationships, your interests and your life experiences. Once you've been accepted into our program, you'll be connected to a member of our matching team, who will work to identify the appropriate intended parents match option for you. We match surrogates with intended parents primarily based on legal and personality fit.

Matching, medical screening and signing the legal contract.

When it's time to pick a match, you'll be asked to exchange profiles with your intended parent(s) and have a Skype call with them. To do this, we use a two-step approach to ensure both parties have an opportunity to ask questions and to confirm that the match option is a good fit. If you feel comfortable after meeting with your potential intended parent(s), you'll move into the legal contracts while making arrangements to attend your medical screening. Your medical screening will take place at the fertility clinic of your intended parents' choice. This is usually an overnight trip and a chance for you to see and connect with your intended parents or parent. And before you know it, you'll be a surrogate mother with Circle Surrogacy, making intended parents' dreams come true.

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A monumental journey.

What is surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction that helps intended parents start families when they otherwise couldn't. Coming from different backgrounds, intended parents pursue surrogacy for several reasons, yet they all have the same dream: to one day have their own family.

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Benefits of surrogacy.

The monetary benefits of surrogate pregnancy are significant, but the indescribable sense of fulfillment you get from helping intended families bring a child into the world cannot be found doing anything else. That's why many surrogate mothers agree to doing a second journey with us.

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Common questions from surrogates like you.

As you consider the surrogacy process, you may have questions along the way. With many experienced surrogates on staff, we've helped women navigate their surrogacy journeys successfully, and have answered almost every question out there! Whether you're curious about surrogacy law, parental rights, fertility issues, or embryo transfer, we've got the details you need.

I have had a tubal ligation. Can I still be a gestational carrier?

Absolutely. Having a tubal ligation (aka having your "tubes tied") will not affect your ability to be a successful gestational surrogate.

Do I need to have insurance that will cover surrogacy?

No. If you do have medical insurance coverage, we'll take a look at the plan to see if it is likely to cover surrogacy. If so, you may be entitled to a higher base fee. But if you don't have insurance, it's not a problem. We'll find a plan that will cover you and your intended parents will pay any costs associated with the process of surrogacy.

Why is BMI important?
BMI guidelines are set by the IVF clinics. If you're a woman whose BMI is between 28-33, we require documentation that verifies your current BMI. The BMI requirements are established not only for health reasons, but also to ensure that you will respond appropriately to the medications necessary for this process. To learn more about the importance of BMI, click here.
I do not believe in selective reduction or abortion. Can I still apply to become a surrogate?

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.

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