What are the qualifications to be a surrogate?
You must have had one or more easy pregnancies and deliveries.
You must be between the ages of 21 and 40.
You must have at least one child of your own living with you.
You must be a non-smoker.
You must have reliable transportation.
You must be financially stable.
You must have a desire to help another in a special way.
…And you must love being pregnant!
Types of Surrogacy
There are two types of surrogates, gestational and traditional. Both types are just as safe as traditional pregnancy but are very different.
A Gestational Surrogate is the most common type of surrogacy. A Gestational Surrogate carries a child that is not related to her in any way. The embryo is usually created through the intended mother’s egg and intended father’s sperm using in vitro fertilization or IVF. It is then transferred to the surrogate, who acts as a human incubator, carrying the parent’s baby through to birth. Sometimes the mother’s eggs or father’s sperm cannot be used. In this case, a donor’s egg or sperm is used, and this is called traditional surrogacy.
A Traditional Surrogate acts as both egg donor and surrogate. Traditional Surrogates are impregnated by a process called intrauterine insemination or IUI. A doctor takes sperm from the intended father and transfers it into the uterus of the surrogate. Then after, natural fertilization of the egg takes place.