Below is what most intended parents, agencies, and clinics look for in a surrogate candidate.
1. Have had a least 1 child and have custody of child(ren).
2. Be between the ages of 21-40.
3. No history of serious pregnancy/delivery/post partum complications.
4. No history of premature birth. (For singleton, born by at least 38 weeks and for twins, born by at least 36 weeks).
5. Be in excellent physical and mental health.
6. Must not be on government assistance. (You should be financially secure).
7. No criminal history. (Must provide a criminal background check).
8. Must be willing (along with partner) to undergo psychological & medical assessments and willing to provide all medical history.
9. No tattoo’s/piercings within the last 6 months.
10. Must reside in a stable residence and not planning on leaving the country.
11. Married or in a stable relationship or single but with family support.
12. Have a good support system. (Partner, friends, family that are supportive of your surrogacy journey).
13. No history of depression or other psychiatric disorders.
14. Have a positive outlook on life, considerate of others, compassionate, good communicator and caring.
15. Willing to have repeated bloodwork.
16. Willing to take IVF medications (both oral and subcutaneous/intramuscular injections of hormones).
17. Willing to have invasive medical procedures (sonohysterograms/hysterosalpingograms/endometrial biopsies/IVF transfers/amniocentesis etc).
18. Willing to travel to fertility clinics, lawyers, doctor’s/ultrasound appointments.
19. Take time away from your employer and family for surrogacy (appointments, bedrest, birth, post partum).
20. Confidence in fulfilling surrogacy agreement by knowing wholeheartedly that this is the right decision for you and you can confidently say that you would have no issues with relinquishing the child(ren) you have carried at birth.
21. No abuse of drugs/alcohol either currently or for at least 1-3 years.
22. Non-smoker or willing to abstain before and during the pregnancy.
23. Preferably height/weight proportionate.
24. Enjoy being pregnant!
Gestational Carrier selection protocol
1- Woman between 21 – 40 years old, healthy, married or single and to have their own child.
2- Interview. folic acid ingests.
3- Clinical history elaboration, ultrasound and cytology.
4- Psychological evaluation
5- Nutritional evaluation
6- Laboratory tests
– Complete blood count.
– RH and group test.
– Blood chemistry
– VDRL (Venereal Disease Research Laboratory test)
– Hepatitis b surface antigen.
– Hepatitis c
– Chlamydia t.
7- Result evaluation. if she is a candidate, signature of the letter of commitment.
8- Life and medical expense.
9- Creation of the substitute mother file.
10-Contact with intended parents.
Surrogate mothers management protocol.
1. Surrogate mothers will start with the ingest of folic acid before pregnancy.
2. Psychological assessment, medical nutrition and laboratory tests will be performed.
3. When a surrogate mother becomes a candidate (this will only happen if all the performed tests result favorable) she will start taking oral contraceptives
4. When contracting parents schedule their appointment; endometrial stimulation with estrogen will begin.
5. After ivf procedure is done surrogate mother will come to the clinic for the embryo transfer.
At a positive pregnancy test.
1. Surrogate mother will have a weekly medical appointment until the 9th week.
2. At week 12, 16, 20, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 32* surrogate mother will have to assist to medical appointments.
3. After week 32 the surrogate mother will have a weekly medical appointment *
4. At week 36 a valuation process for the resolution of pregnancy will be made.
Laboratory tests performed at first, second and third trimester: **
Blood biometry and blood chemistry.
Urinalysis (urine tests) will be performed in all prenatal care appointments.
1. Psychological assessment during second and third trimester.
2. At week 13 triple test (triple screen) will be performed to the surrogate mother.
3. Between week 11 and 13 a 2ND level ultrasound (nuchal translucency) will be performed by a fetal medicine specialist.
4. Cardiotocographic registration will be performed through week 32, and will be repeated depending on the case.
*regularity of the appointments will be individualized for those cases that require it; they could be scheduled weekly or even every 72 hours, depending on specific
Cases. There won’t be any extra charge for the contracting parents. All medical reviews include ultrasound screening.
**laboratory tests mentioned here are basic, in case the surrogate mother needs furhter exams, those will be performed depending to her clinical status and they wont represent any extra fees for the contracting parents. Full serologie tests are always performed to all surrogate mothers prior to the procedure.
Surrogacy Support Group – How a Surrogate’s Family Needs to Offer Support
The best surrogacy support group available for a surrogate mother is her family’s support.
In fact, a requirement of commercial surrogacy in order to become a surrogate mother is having one’s immediate family, spouse, children, on board. It’s important to find out what an important role a surrogate’s family plays in surrogate motherhood.
The general population, and most people new to commercial surrogacy would probably view surrogate motherhood as a decision one woman makes to help another family. This is partially untrue.
There are many family requirements when it comes to surrogacy.
It is important that the surrogate’s entire family is supportive of her during the process.
Surrogacy does not just affect the woman who is pregnant.
It affects her partner, her children, and to a lesser degree, her extended family.
When a woman is carrying a surrogate pregnancy for someone else, she does go through the regular stages of pregnancy. She might experience morning sickness, she will be fatigued, she will be moody. She will experience cravings, she may be unable to pick up her own children.
All of these issues will have an effect on her partner and children, who need to be her main surrogacy support group. They will have to go through the pangs of a pregnancy with her, without the additional family member coming home at the end of the journey. A woman who chooses to become a surrogate mother will probably have certain legal restrictions put on traveling as well.
These surrogacy issues may put restrictions on the surrogate mother such as she will most likely be unable to move away from the location she is pregnant in, due to different state surrogacy laws. This can mean passing up an unexpected promotion, or in some situations living in a location separate from her partner.
She may be restricted from attending family gatherings late in her pregnancy, to avoid giving birth at the wrong hospital.
Global Surrogacy Limited is aware of all these situations, and we know how to support our Surrogate Mothers.