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How can I choose a surrogate mother?

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Right now, there aren't any regulations about who can be a surrogate mother. However, experts agree on a few points about how to select one.

You should choose a surrogate who:

  • Is at least 21 years old
  • Has already given birth to at least one healthy baby so she understands firsthand the medical risks of pregnancy and childbirth and the emotional issues of bonding with a newborn
  • Has passed a psychological screening by a mental health professional to uncover any issues with giving up the baby after birth
  • Signs a contract about her role and responsibilities in the pregnancy, such as prenatal care and agreeing to give you the baby after birth

SOURCES:

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: "Third Party Reproduction."

The Ethics Committee. , November 2003.  Fertility and Sterility

The National Infertility Association: "Surrogacy," "Myths about Surrogates."

Sreenivas, K. and Campo-Engelstein, L.  , 2010. Cancer Treatment and Research

Saul, S.  , Dec. 13, 2009. The New York Times

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "ACOG Committee Opinion, February 2008: 'Surrogate Motherhood.'"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 07, 2017

SOURCES:

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: "Third Party Reproduction."

The Ethics Committee. , November 2003.  Fertility and Sterility

The National Infertility Association: "Surrogacy," "Myths about Surrogates."

Sreenivas, K. and Campo-Engelstein, L.  , 2010. Cancer Treatment and Research

Saul, S.  , Dec. 13, 2009. The New York Times

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "ACOG Committee Opinion, February 2008: 'Surrogate Motherhood.'"

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 07, 2017

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