Q: Are there age limits to being a gestational surrogate?
A: Ideally, gestational surrogates are between 21 and 44 years of age.
Q: I had my tubes tied. Can I still be a gestational surrogate?
A: Absolutely! A pregnancy in a gestational surrogate is accomplished through in vitro fertilization (IVF). In IVF, the embryos are placed directly into the surrogate’s uterus, so that it is not necessary to use the surrogate’s fallopian tubes.
Q: Will I meet the intended parents?
A: Yes, unless you and the intended parents reach an agreement to the contrary before the contract negotiations. Usually, you meet after the contract negotiations and before the medical treatment begins. The surrogate mother is allowed to escape from the contract without any obligation to the intended parents if she finds that she has no desire to assist the intended parents after meeting them in person.
Q: Is there anything required of my husband (partner)?
A: Your husband or partner must agree to participate in medical screening (HIV, Hepatitis B and C, CMV, and any other sexually transmitted diseases or disorders). The same request must be made of any person with whom you have had sexual contact during the six months prior to applying as a surrogate mother. For married surrogates, husbands must become parties to the contract and must cooperate with all provisions of the contract. The intended parents ordinarily ask to meet the surrogate’s husband, fiancé or partner.
Q: What if I have already found the intended parents I want to help? Can A Host of Possibilities provide us with a contract?
A: Absolutely! We are happy to assist those surrogates and intended parents with their contract needs, contract administration, and finalizing the parent and child relationship after delivery. Our agency fees for helping in this way are reduced accordingly. If you are a surrogate who has already found a family you want to help, call us at (208)-297-5189. We will be glad to answer your questions and further describe how we can help you and your couple.