What are the Medical Requirements for a Surrogate?

The Colorado surrogacy process is a special way for couples who are unable to have children to start a family. Surrogate mothers carry the baby for the intended parents and safely deliver the child into the world. Since pregnancy can be a very complicated process, it is important for a surrogate mother to be healthy physically to ensure a smooth pregnancy. Passing the medical screening can be somewhat difficult for women who have a history of medical conditions, but surrogacy agencies must maintain strict regulations to protect both the surrogate mothers and intended parents from physical and emotional distress. Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado follows the medical requirements put in place by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) to ensure that all potential surrogate mothers are in peak physical condition before continuing with the surrogacy process. 

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a surrogate, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE) or visit us at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado.

What are the Initial Medical Requirements for a Surrogate? 

Before you decide to apply to be a surrogate mother, there are some medical requirements that you will have to fulfill upfront to even be considered for the process. The process may seem strict and selective, but it is essential that Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado upholds standards to provide quality service for each set of intended parents. While you consider pursuing surrogacy, you can ask yourself these questions: 

  • Have I had at least one healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy? If so, you can continue applying to be a surrogate mother. 
  • Have I ever suffered from postpartum depression? If so, you will not be able to be a surrogate mother. 
  • Am I free from any mental health issues? If so, you can continue applying to be a surrogate mother. 
  • Have I ever been on medication for mental health issues? If so, you will not be able to be a surrogate mother. 
  • Am I healthy and free of sexually transmitted diseases? If you are, you can continue applying to be a surrogate mother. 
  • Do I smoke or take illicit drugs? If so, you will not be able to be a surrogate mother. 
  • Am I alcohol dependent? If so, you will not be able to be a surrogate mother. 

Be sure to talk to your medical practitioner or surrogacy specialist for more information about the medical requirements in the surrogacy process. 

Why are there So Many Surrogacy Regulations? 

Many of the intended parents that approach Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado to carry out the gestational surrogacy process have had fertility difficulties of their own, which means that as an agency, we need to make sure that their experience with pregnancy and birth through a surrogate mother should be as free from complications as possible. The surrogacy process should be a way for couples to avoid the pain and frustration they have experienced through past pregnancy attempts. Although not every complication can be avoided, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado do their best to make sure all surrogacy mothers are in great shape to hold a child. 

What is a Medical Screening for a Surrogate?

If your application is accepted and you move forward with the surrogacy process, you will have to undergo medical screening before you are matched with a set of intended parents. During this medical screening, you will be examined to make sure you are physically able to hold a child. You will meet with a fertility specialist who will assess your physical health and complete some lab work to let the agency know if you are healthy enough to continue. If you pass this screening, you will continue with the process, get set up with a set of intended parents, and continue with the surrogacy process. 

How Do I Get Started With Surrogacy in Colorado?

Suppose you want to begin your surrogacy journey in Colorado. In that case, you can contact Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado to learn more about the surrogacy requirements and how to submit an application. Contact us, and we will do our best to answer any questions you may have and help you in any way possible. 

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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