The Age Limit for Surrogate Mothers

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Why are Age Requirements for Surrogacy Important?

Surrogacy is a noble act for any woman to consider; becoming a gestational carrier for another family takes courage, compassion and commitment. It also requires some very specific characteristics, without which starting a surrogacy journey may not be possible.

Why the strict criteria for surrogates? Because the health of both the gestational carrier and the baby are at stake in this very delicate process. While the specifics may vary slightly from one fertility clinic to another, and even from one surrogate to another, the guidelines are in place to help ensure a safe, smooth experience for everyone involved.

Requirements for Surrogacy

At a reputable agency like ConceiveAbilities, several surrogacy requirements must be met right from the start:

  • Age between 21-39 years old
  • BMI below 35
  • A non-smoker living in a non-smoking home
  • No history of clinical mental illness

Surrogacy is a rigorous process requiring a great deal of personal responsibility. These standards are part of our process at ConceiveAbilities to ensure that a gestational carrier is in the best possible place, physically and emotionally to manage such a unique process and pregnancy.

The requirements leave many women wondering: if all other criteria are met, does the age limit of a surrogate really matter? Can you be a surrogate after 40? While there may be rare exceptions, most gestational carriers, especially those who are matched through a reputable agency, are between the ages of 21-39 years old.

Minimizing Risk

In order to ensure the healthiest possible environment for a growing baby and to offer the best chance of a safe and healthy delivery for both her and the newborn, the surrogate must be in her primary childbearing years. The pregnancy itself is more susceptible to complications when the surrogate is outside of this range. According to the Mayo Clinic, women past a certain age are more likely to:

  • Develop gestational diabetes
  • Develop high blood pressure
  • Have a premature birth with a low birth weight baby
  • Need a C-section due to complications such as placenta previa, where the placenta blocks the uterus and makes a vaginal delivery dangerous

It is in the gestational carrier’s best interest to be within the range of 21-39 years old for other reasons, too. The long-term toll on her body is not nearly as intense and most women find they have a smoother recovery.

While you technically can be a surrogate if you have gone through menopause – think of the stories of a postmenopausal woman giving birth to her own grandchild – it is not a recommended practice, due to a myriad of age-related complications.

Becoming a Surrogate

If you meet these criteria and would like to learn more about how to become a surrogate, please visit our website for further detail. You can also learn more about how much a surrogate gets paid.

Even better, take 5 minutes and find out if you qualify to be a surrogate with your own personalized questionnaire.

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