The journey of parenthood can be overwhelming, and if intended parents have been struggling with infertility and other medical conditions for years then the decision of building a family can be quite difficult. Couples and individuals who are considering gestational surrogacy as their ideal conceiving alternative are often confused with the surrogacy requirements and whether it is the right time for them to commence with the process.
Though the surrogacy journey is life-changing and a safe journey to fulfill your dream of conceiving a little version of you, intended parents need to be prepared with researching different elements of surrogacy before committing to the process. Before you convince yourself to commit to the process by seeing surrogacy benefits, determine whether you and your partner are ready emotionally to work with a surrogate mother and whether you meet financial requirements in order to begin the surrogacy procedure..
In gestational surrogacy, surrogates aren’t the only ones who need to meet a few surrogacy requirements, but intended parents’ requirements are essential as well. These factors will determine whether the intended parents are ready to move forward with the surrogacy complicated and fulfilling process.
You might be wondering what are the different surrogacy requirements and criteria for gestational surrogacy. We understand your concerns, and to clear your doubts we have given a detailed breakdown in the blog with different aspects of surrogacy requirements and the qualification for a surrogacy journey that intended parents must meet.
- How do I qualify for surrogacy?
- What is the age limit for surrogacy?
- What are the surrogacy requirements for intended parents?
- Surrogacy process
- Emotionally ready
- Surrogacy laws
- Surrogacy agency regulation
- Excited to commence your parenthood journey?
How do I qualify for surrogacy?
The basic qualification for proceeding with the surrogacy journey is medical requirements and qualitative embryos. The basic need or rule of surrogacy is someone who has a history of infertility, or other medical conditions or someone who cannot conceive genetically linked children otherwise can qualify themselves for a surrogacy process. And depending on the diagnosis of the intended parents we may ask for a letter of recommendation from your physician.
What are the medical needs that qualify intended parents for a surrogacy journey?
A medical need can be physical or psychological in some cases. In all cases, a surrogacy agency like Global Star Surrogacy would request parents for a recommendation from a doctor that states that physicians do not advise them to carry a baby by themselves observing their diagnosis.
Medical needs or conditions can be infertility issues, damage to the fallopian tube, weak uterus, or a history of cancer and many more diagnoses. As every intended parent’s situation is different, hence Global Star Surrogacy’s approach to the surrogacy program for each case would be different. This is the reason for our experts to be aware of each patient’s medical condition.
Why is the quality of embryos important for a successful surrogacy journey?
The quality of embryos determines successful pregnancy or surrogacy success rates. After multiple failed attempts with other fertility treatments, intended parents choose surrogacy in hope of positive results with conceiving a healthy child. We make sure that Intended parents and surrogate mothers experience the successful embryo transfer procedure.
If intended parents choose to undergo the process of creating embryos through their or donor’s gamete material , fertility experts would observe and determine for a few days after retrieving eggs and sperm samples to check whether the embryo’s quality is good enough to perform the transferring procedure. Whether intended parents choose to transfer one embryo at a time or multiple, the quality of the embryo will determine the surrogacy success rates.
If you wish to get more information about the embryo transfer procedure, you can consult your fertility doctor or get in touch with us to initiate a conversation.
What is the age limit for surrogacy?
Surrogacy is an exciting and transformative procedure that fulfills the dreams of achieving parenthood. Matching with a suitable surrogate mother is one of the most essential decisions for every intended parent, she is the one who will carry and deliver your child.
Every surrogacy professional is allowed to set their preferences and criteria to select a surrogate mother. Though, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine or ASRM surrogacy guidelines suggest a few criteria that intended parents must meet.
For instance, the research from ASRM surrogacy guidelines recommends that the egg donor must be between the age of 18 to 35, whereas the surrogate mother must be between the age of 21 to 45. Although, there is no age limit for surrogacy for intended parents. Few surrogacy professionals may set criteria that intended parents with the age of 55 or below can consider a surrogacy journey to ensure at least one of the parents is there to raise a child successfully.
Why do ASRM surrogacy guidelines set a particular age range for surrogate mother?
A surrogate needs to reach a legal age before she considers becoming a gestational carrier for someone, as being a surrogate can be an emotionally challenging process. Going through physical, and emotional changes at a young age isn’t bearable for everyone. Hence following a certain age limit for surrogacy is essential.As per ASRM surrogacy guidelines, experts suggest surrogates be at least 21 years old. The reason for selecting a particular age range varies like:
- An 18-year-old girl is still an adult but she is a teenager and can’t make intricate decisions firmly and she is more likely to act impulsively.
- In any surrogacy arrangement, a surrogate must have prior experience with giving birth and raising a child, before applying for a surrogate, which isn’t possible at the age of 18.
- Setting 21 years old as a requirement for a surrogate is essential as women are more likely to be mature and emotionally strong to handle a pregnancy for someone else.
Why women above 45 cannot apply for being a surrogate?
Women above 45 tend to have weaker womb and majorly by this age women usually reach their menopause phase which makes it difficult for them to carry a child. Though, there are few exceptional cases, where women post-45 can carry a child successfully. However, ASRM suggests surrogacy and fertility professionals that if a 45-year-old or above woman serves as a surrogate, then they must educate the intended parents and surrogate as well about the risk factors and complications associated with surrogacy pregnancy.
What are the surrogacy requirements for intended parents?There are four vital surrogacy requirements for intended parents to meet with and understand before they commit to the process and surrogate mother.
1. Surrogacy process
Surrogacy success rates depend on various aspects and to experience successful surrogacy pregnancy, intended parents must understand the surrogacy process with legal matters, medical, and various other elements. To be prepared for the surrogacy journey, intended parents must have a detailed understanding and reach out to parents who have conceived a baby through surrogacy, to know their opinion or experience with the process.
We have listed down a few tips that will help you inculcate the gestational surrogacy procedure before you take your final decision.
The surrogacy process is time-consuming and daunting as well. As it involves the medical procedure, legal process, and matching with the right surrogate and or donor. Through various articles, familiarize yourself with the basics and terminologies of surrogacy like surrogacy laws by country, surrogacy process, surrogacy requirements, surrogacy costs, and medical process. Though, getting facts online alone won’t help you. Get in touch with fertility clinics or surrogacy agencies, and discuss the process with professionals.
Compare various options
When intended parents aren’t sure of committing to a surrogacy process, it is recommended to compare the process and results with surrogacy success rates. Depending on your medical condition, doctors may recommend you choose IVF treatment. To understand the process of different surrogacy and other programs, you must consult a doctor or surrogacy professional.
Contemplate the pros and cons of surrogacy
Surrogacy benefits are countless but it consists of a few cons as well. One of the main advantages includes conceiving a genetically linked child without major complications in the process. It is essential to measure the challenges and surrogacy benefits before beginning the process.
The surrogacy laws and the process keeps on changing and expanding with few modulations. Though, having a basic knowledge of surrogacy can assist intended parents to clear their doubts and get themselves prepared for the journey.
From medical expenses, fees for donors, and attorneys, compensation for the surrogate mother, legal costs, to the cost of a surrogate’s living, surrogacy can be an expensive procedure for intended parents. As every surrogacy program differs, hence the cost of surrogacy differs for each intended parent depending on their surrogacy requirements and medical condition. The cost can go up to hundreds and thousands of dollars so intended parents must be prepared with a financial budget and finance options before they consider to begin the procedure.
The cost of a surrogacy journey relies on a few essential factors depending on the surrogacy service you choose, and the kind of surrogacy and surrogate mother you work with. A few common factors and expenses associated with surrogacy are:
- Compensation for surrogate mother.
- Legal cost – fees for an experienced attorney.
- Medical expenses – screening, IVF cost, embryo transfer, delivery cost.
- Monthly food, clothing, medicine, and other essential expenses of the surrogate
- Agency fees
- And more.
Since the surrogacy journey is an essential financial investment, hence intended parents need to understand the cost of surrogacy when they consult a few surrogacy agencies. Though, you can consider loans or grants available for surrogacy costs as insurance does not support the expense of a surrogacy arrangement.
The journey of surrogacy can be overwhelming for intended parents as it is time-consuming and includes a tedious process. Whether you are selecting this journey due to infertility issues or you are a gay couple or hopeful single in the hope to build a family, ensure that you are aware of the emotional challenges that intended parents may face in the span of conceiving a healthy surrogacy baby.
One of the most important surrogacy requirements for intended parents is being emotionally ready to commit to the process and trusting the surrogate mother. Surrogacy professionals or agencies won’t allow intended parents to move forward with procedure without counseling and performing psychological tests with intended parents. It is essential to determine whether they can commit and trust surrogates without having any negative thoughts or feelings for her or the process.
Before you move forward with the surrogacy journey, ensure that you and your partner ask yourself a few questions:
- If you have undergone infertility problems in the past, have you entirely grieved those pregnancy losses?
- Do you and your partner fully understand and agree with the surrogacy goals?
- Are you okay with allowing someone else to carry a child for you? Can you let go of control during pregnancy?
- Are you okay with performing psychological screening and undergoing counseling before and after surrogacy pregnancy?
- Are you ready to face high-risk pregnancy, miscarriage, or conceive a premature child?
The surrogacy benefits outweigh all the emotional and other challenges, the moment would hold your child in your arms you will know all these struggles and challenges were worth giving a shot. However, asking yourself and your partner these questions are extremely important before beginning a surrogacy procedure.
4. Surrogacy laws
Surrogacy laws are one of the most vital elements in a surrogacy arrangement. It is essential to determine surrogacy laws by country, as every state has different laws for any surrogacy arrangement. While few countries permit surrogacy for only married couples, others allow gay couples, few allow only single mothers, and few states entirely prohibit practicing surrogacy. To find a country that supports laws and regulations for intended parents, you must seek guidance from an experienced attorney.
In case intended parents wish to choose international surrogacy, then understanding surrogacy laws by country must be on your priority list. Though, there are a few common steps that are applicable in surrogacy laws by country.
- Surrogacy contract: An agreement formed between two parties that entails the roles, responsibilities, and rights of everyone involved in the journey, and ensures legal protection.
- Pre or post-birth order: A process for changing parents’ names on the child’s birth certificate from birth parents ( surrogate and her spouse) to intended parents.
- Applying for a child’s visa ( in case of international surrogacy )
- And more factors depending on the surrogacy laws by country, to know the legal process in detail consult a surrogacy professional.
Surrogacy agency regulation
Every surrogacy agency has different regulations and guidelines to ensure intended parents have a hassle-free experience with their best-suited program. Global Star Surrogacy follows strict regulations for donors and surrogates to match with intended parents.
Whereas, intended parents only need a medical history to commence a surrogacy journey. Though, there are a few other factors we ensure are followed during and after pregnancy.
Surrogate-intended parents relationship
This is one of the vital surrogacy program requirements. We firmly believe that intended parents and surrogate must have a strong relationship so that both parties experience a hassle-free, fruitful surrogacy journey. While we shortlist a few surrogates, we make sure that surrogates and intended parents get a chance to meet in person or communicate well to bond and know each other, to build a sense of trust between two parties.
Having a good relationship with a surrogate will help the intended parents to feel connected with the baby when she shares little updates about the baby. And, maintaining that relationship post-delivery, allows intended parents to share with their kids narrate a beautiful birth story and make him or her meet the woman who helped them come into this world.
The surrogacy journey can be an emotionally challenging journey for the intended parents. Hence, having a supporting person from family or friends that are aware of the surrogacy journey and your plans for building a family. Amid the journey, if some barriers block your road then there must be someone to support and guide apart your consultant from the surrogacy agency.
This is recommended to single intended parents, as they do not have a spouse to support them. The procedure can be overwhelming for them so they can attend a consultation session or support the intended parent throughout the medical and screening procedure.
Excited to commence your parenthood journey?
Surrogacy can be a life-changing decision for couples and or individuals, as at the end of the journey you will welcome your newborn baby home. From struggling through years with waiting for your baby to call you mom or dad, we know and understand how eagerly you have been waiting to begin your journey of parenthood.
If you still have questions regarding requirements for surrogacy programs or how intended parents can qualify for a surrogacy program, visit our website or book a free consultation call!