Why Certain Requirements are in Place for Colorado Surrogacy
Becoming a surrogate is an important job that comes with risks to your physical, mental, and emotional health. Surrogacy agencies have surrogate qualifications or requirements that potential surrogates must meet to be considered for the role. These help protect the health and safety of the surrogate and baby during the surrogacy process.
This is exactly why surrogacy agencies, such as Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado, have established requirements and surrogacy qualifications for our surrogates and intended parents. We want to not only protect the surrogate, but also ensure that she is able to help intended parents have a successful surrogacy journey.Below, we will discuss the expectations for potential surrogates and why certain requirements are in place for Colorado surrogacy.
Disclaimer: Please be advised that the information in this blog is for informational and educational purposes only. All surrogacy qualifications included here are specific to our surrogacy agency, Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado.
Colorado Surrogacy Age Requirements
For our surrogacy agency in Colorado, surrogates must be between the ages of 21 and 40 years old. Some surrogacy agencies restrict the age cap closer to 38. These women are most likely to have uncomplicated pregnancies, be suitably fertile to have successful embryo transfers and undergo pregnancy without harm to herself or the baby. There have been successful surrogacy by women older than 40, but the best chances of positive health outcomes to both the surrogate mother and child come when the surrogate is in her prime childbearing years.
Colorado Surrogacy Drug Use Requirements
Surrogates must not use alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or use illegal or psychoactive drugs. Women wanting to become a surrogate must also refrain from taking antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication for twelve months prior to the surrogacy process. These measures are all for the safety of the baby, who could be adversely affected by drug use during pregnancy.
Colorado Surrogacy Family Requirements
Surrogates must have a child of their own and be raising at least one child. This surrogacy qualification comes from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). We ask that our surrogate mothers be finished adding to their own families before they start having children for hopeful intended parents. This is helpful for the emotional health of the surrogates and brings peace of mind for the intended parents.
One of the main fears of intended parents is that they will be engaged in a battle over custody for their baby. Fortunately, this is not an issue with gestational surrogacy. Through this family planning option and the IVF process, gestational surrogacy leaves no question as to who the biological parents are of the child. Thus, intended parents can rest easy, knowing that the surrogate has no intention of fighting for custody and is selflessly helping a deserving couple or individual create a family they couldn’t otherwise have.
Colorado Surrogacy Physical Requirements
Potential surrogates have to go through a medical screening. This will include a measure of her Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a general benchmark that doctors use to gauge a person’s physical fitness. Fertility clinics require that surrogates have BMIs no higher than 33. Having a BMI below this limit will help ensure that your body responds as expected to the fertility treatments and necessary medications.
Colorado Surrogacy Pregnancy Experience Requirements
Surrogates are required to have had a history of healthy pregnancies. They must not have had complications during previous pregnancies, which will be supported by medical records from the OB and hospital. This requirement is in place to ensure the health of the surrogate and the baby while undergoing the surrogacy process. Intended parents expect that their surrogate will have a successful pregnancy.
Surrogacy agencies may limit the number of past pregnancies you have endured to be considered as a surrogate, just as they limit the number of pregnancies a surrogate can participate in as a surrogate mother. Surrogacy agencies usually accept surrogates who have had fewer than five vaginal births and fewer than four Cesarean births. This prevents potential surrogates from putting undue stress on their bodies.
Colorado Surrogacy Psychological Requirements
Surrogates will be assessed by a licensed social worker to address your readiness for the process, and by a licensed psychologist to ensure you are prepared for the emotional changes brought on by pregnancy and the surrogacy process. These measures will make sure that surrogates are ready to be the main character in the surrogacy journey and that they have strong support systems in place.
Colorado Surrogacy Support Requirements
The surrogate’s spouse or partner and their family need to be supportive of the surrogacy process. This is important for the emotional wellbeing of the surrogate during the process, as well as for the legal agreements involved. Those closest to the surrogate should be on board with the surrogacy and help her through the emotional challenges brought on by hormonal changes and growing a baby for the intended family.
Most surrogacy agencies have limits on the government and state aid programs that a surrogate can be receiving assistance from. Surrogates in Colorado cannot be receiving any sort of government assistance. To be accepted as a surrogate, agencies want to see that you have financial stability. This is to ensure that you will have the ability to support yourself and have the resources to maintain your health during the pregnancy.
Colorado Surrogacy Transportation Requirements
Surrogates are required to have their driver’s license and access to reliable transportation. This is a practical requirement for the surrogacy process, because the surrogate needs to be able to travel to the fertility clinic and medical appointments during the course of the pregnancy and surrogacy journey.
Did any of These Colorado Surrogacy Qualifications Surprise You?
All of the surrogate requirements mentioned above are in place to protect the health of the surrogate and baby, make sure the surrogate is prepared for and supported during the process, and ensure she is capable of having a healthy baby. If you have specific questions about how to become a surrogate or about the reasons certain requirements are in place, feel free to contact the surrogacy specialists at Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Colorado.
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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