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How to Become a Surrogate

How to Become a Surrogate Mother: Surrogacy 101

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The decision to become a surrogate mother is an incredible act of compassion and generosity. Surrogacy helps intended parents achieve their dream of building a family, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with giving the gift of parenthood is life-changing. Whether you decide to become a surrogate mother independently or through an agency like California Surrogacy Center, there’s a standard set of requirements you must meet and a lot to consider before making such a special commitment.

What is a surrogate mother?

A surrogate mother is a woman who chooses to carry out a pregnancy for a couple or individual who is unable to do so. With a gestational surrogacy, an embryo is fertilized outside the womb and implanted into the surrogate’s uterus. A gestational surrogate mother shares no genetic connection to the baby. The intended parents provide the eggs and sperm, and the surrogate mother acts as a gestational carrier for the pregnancy.

A woman may decide to become a surrogate mother not only to help hopeful parents start or grow a family, but to benefit her own family, too. The financial compensation for becoming a surrogate mother ranges between $40,000 to $65,000, depending on experience.

How do I become a surrogate?

There are many steps involved in becoming a surrogate mother for California Surrogacy Center. The application and evaluation processes are extensive to ensure the safest, healthiest possible pregnancy and a good match between a surrogate mother and intended parent(s). The first step in the surrogacy journey is to fill out a surrogate mother application. This application will ask personal questions about your lifestyle, medical history, and previous pregnancies. You must meet the following requirements for your application to be accepted:

  • Your age is between 21 and 37 years old
  • Your BMI is under 30
  • You have given birth and are raising your child
  • You are a US citizen or permanent resident
  • It is preferred that you live in the state of California (but not required).

Once your application is accepted, our surrogacy coordinator will add you to the California Surrogacy Center database. We’ll then use the information you provided on your application to match you with possible intended parents.

Your journey to surrogacy in California starts here.

At California Surrogacy Center, we regularly work with first-time surrogate mothers who are interested in helping families find alternative methods of having children. If you’re exploring the idea of surrogacy, please reach out to us. We have more than 10 years of experience providing high-end, professional services to surrogate mothers and intended parents, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

To learn more about becoming a surrogate mother for California Surrogacy Center, please fill out the form below.

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