What are the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Surrogate Screening Requirements?
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance reproductive medicine. Thus, one of their contributions to the United States is a list of requirements that surrogate mothers must meet before beginning the surrogacy process. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is a private surrogacy agency seeking holistic care for all their surrogate mothers and intended parents. Since Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado is based in the United States, we must follow the guidelines put in place by the ASRM to protect both the surrogate mothers and intended parents.
What are the Initial Surrogate Qualifications?
If you are looking to become a surrogate mother in Colorado, you will need to fulfill a list of requirements before you can begin. The ASRM has defined the following qualifications as follows:
- 21-39 years of age
- U.S. citizen living in the United States
- BMI between 18-30
- Can pass a background check
- Free from STDs
- Experience with at least one healthy pregnancy
- Currently parenting a child
- No history of postpartum depression
- Free from mental health issues
- Not on medication for mental health issues
- Free from public assistance (Medicaid, food stamps, etc.)
- Able to travel for appointments
- Not a smoker
- Not taking illicit drugs
- Not an alcoholic
- Stable lifestyle and support system
- Must have partners support if in a relationship
If you fulfill the following qualifications, you will be free to move forward with the surrogacy process and complete a medical and psychological screening. These screenings confirm that you are fit to hold a child and are ready to begin the fertilization process.
Why Are There So Many ASRM Surrogacy Requirements?
These requirements may seem hard to fulfill, but they are necessary to prevent any complications during the Colorado surrogacy process and make sure that both the surrogate mother and intended parents will be protected throughout the process. Many couples that approach Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado are either unable to have children of their own or have tried in the past and found themselves unsuccessful. The pain of fertility complications can leave a couple feeling hopeless. However, having a chance to have a child of their own through a surrogate’s body is an amazing way for them to start a family. Therefore, it is extremely important that Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado secures only the healthiest women to be surrogate mothers.
How Do I Begin the Surrogacy Process?
If you are interested in starting the surrogacy process or learning more about surrogacy, please contact Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado, where our staff will assist you in any way they can.
If you are interested in learning more about your gestational surrogacy options, contact Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
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