1. Have given birth to a child
This is the number one requirement to become a surrogate mother with Caring Hearts Thru Surrogacy as well as all IVF clinics. The reason is that once a woman gives birth, it shows that she is able to become pregnant and establishes fertility. The IVF clinic will also require OB records from the surrogate so that the IVF physician can review them to make sure the surrogate had an uneventful and uncomplicated pregnancy.
2. Have a healthy lifestyle
This is very important to all parties involved. Our surrogate mothers must live a healthy lifestyle to be given the trust to take care of someone else’s child. Intended parents basically want to make sure their surrogate mother is taking care of the pregnancy as if it were their own child they were carrying. We all know as mothers that it’s important to eat healthy and exercise while we are pregnant to avoid possible complications. This also ensures that the baby has a great start to life.
3. Be financially stable
It’s very important to Caring Hearts Surrogacy that our surrogate mothers are financially stable. The reason that this matters to us is that we have to make sure you are becoming a surrogate mother for the right reasons and just not just for the funds you will receive. Women who sign up to become surrogates understand that it takes sacrifice and time to be a surrogate mother. It’s also beneficial to receive the extra funds for your future, whether used to go back to school or save for a down payment on a first home.
4. Responsible lifestyle
Caring Hearts Thru Surrogacy feels that the two above requirements fit into this category. We feel a surrogate mother must live a stable lifestyle in order to qualify to become a surrogate mother. This means no drugs of any kind, whether it is street or prescription pills without your OB’s consent. The child is the most important part of the surrogacy process and ensuring the baby's health and well being is expected.
5. Be a non-smoker
This is a very important requirement when you sign up to become a surrogate mother. Smoking during pregnancy can cause a stillbirth, premature delivery, and or low birth weight. It will also cut the oxygen off to the baby by narrowing blood vessels throughout your body, including the ones in the umbilical cord. So you can see why we do not accept smokers into our program.
6. BMI under 32
IVF clinics have become very strict in regards to the body mass index (BMI). We require you to be below this maximum in order to become a surrogate mother. The reason for this is, if you are over the normal BMI, you are at a greater risk of developing diabetes. Daibetes is a risk not only to you but also to the pregnancy.
7. No history of mental illness
To be a surrogate mother you have to be able to schedule appointments, remember to attend them and take the proper medication when the time comes. You also have to be able to read and understand the legal contract that you will be entering into with the couple you assist. Being a surrogate mother requires you to relinquish your rights to the baby once you deliver. Remember that you will only be the carrier and not the biological or legal parent. We have to be sure you are stable enough to be able to do that.
8. Your age is between 21-38
This is an IVF clinic requirement. We accept surrogate mothers up to the age of 38 since of course it’s the egg donors or intended mothers who provide their eggs and not the surrogate mother.
9. The surrogate must agree to psychological & drug screenings
This is one of the standard requirements of our program and the IVF clinic. The IVF clinic not only requires it, but it is important as you are carrying someone else’s child and we must make sure you are healthy. The intended parents put their trust in you, a complete stranger and this only helps them through this emotional process.
10. IUD’s will have to be removed
If you have an IUD for birth control, you will have to schedule an appointment with your OB or primary care doctor to have it removed. You cannot proceed with an IVF cycle if you have an IUD, as the IVF doctor will need to look at your uterus to make sure there is no scarring or fibroids and he or she cannot do this with an IUD in place. You cannot have an IUD in you while attempting an embryo transfer.
11. Tubal ligation is OK!
It is ok if you have had your tubes tied. As a surrogate mother, your eggs are not used. Only your uterus is used to carry the child.
Caring Hearts Thru Surrogacy
206 Easton Drive
Lakeland, FL 33803
CEO/Senior Services Coordinator
Associate Services Coordinator