A surrogate mother is someone who gives birth to a baby for another mother, using either her own fertilized egg or from the intended parents or from another woman altogether.
The ideal requirements to keep in mind when selecting a surrogate mother are:
- Minimum age of 21 years
- Has previously given birth to a healthy infant
- Understands the risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth
- Has undergone a psychological evaluation with a mental health professional to uncover any concerns regarding giving up the infant post birth
Selecting a Surrogate
Some couples already have a surrogate in mind. This person may be a friend or relative. If not, you can look at online sources as well or you may seek assistance directly from a surrogacy agency.
Whichever route you decide to take, ensure you do the following:
- Narrow down your list of candidates to women aged 22 and above.
- Give preference to females who’ve already given birth to healthy infant
- Ask your potential surrogates to provide references. Conduct a thorough background check on each surrogate that you are seriously considering.
- Choose a surrogate who similar values and priorities as you.
Keep in mind, it will take anywhere from 14 to 18 months from the start of surrogacy until the child is born. Therefore the relationship you will form with your surrogate is important; one that will last for many years to come.
Criteria for Screening a Surrogate
When selecting a surrogate, your potential carrier must provide the following:
- Thorough obstetric and medical histories
- Honest answers regarding drinking, drug use, and lifestyle habits
- In sound health with a certification from a General Physician that mentions she can carry a healthy baby to term
- Negative results from screening for infectious diseases and similar blood tests
You and your spouse must also be tested if you plan to provide the sperm or egg for your intended baby. These tests protect the health of the surrogate and the intended child.
Choosing a surrogate mother is a confusing and sometimes daunting procedure. Let the team at Rite Options help you. Give us a call today.