To become a surrogate in California means that the woman with subject herself to a rigorous and at times length, pre-screening process. The process starts by contacting a surrogacy agency and requesting an application form. This application form requires that the potential surrogate provide complete details of current health status and family history including any medical conditions which a family member has either had or has at the present time. All this medical background information is part of the screening process which is necessary to eliminate potential surrogates who may pass medical or mental conditions to the unborn child. It is also a necessity that the applicant be given a full medical examination to support claims of being in good health.
As well as being in good health the applicant must also be free from any sexually transmitted diseases, if the woman is sexually involved then the partner must also be free of any STDs. The surrogate must refrain from smoking as well as abstain from doing illegal drugs as well as consume alcohol. Age is often a factor in becoming a traditional surrogate; usually the age limits are 21 to 42 years of age.
Although it is not true with all agencies, there is some that want the woman who wishes to become a surrogate in California to have been pregnant in the past. The reason for this is to prove to the agency that you are capable of becoming pregnant as the process of impregnation is time consuming and expensive and agencies do not want to waste resources if getting pregnant or staying pregnant is a problem.
Some agencies expect that the surrogate candidate undergo a full background check as well as undergo a psychological evaluation. It is important that the surrogate is a stable individual and capable of completely understanding the process in it’s entirely as well as being free from any issues that may be harmful to either the surrogate mother or the unborn child.
In many programs the agency expects the surrogate to be financially stable. As money problems can be the source of unwanted stress and anxiety, these factors can affect the pregnancy. Most surrogacy programs want to see the importance of being a participant in the process; they are less inclined to accept a surrogate who sees it as a way to dig out of debt.
Once all the preliminaries have been completed and the woman is accepted into the program, a contract is signed so she can become a surrogate in California. The contract states that the rules and procedures will be followed and that there will be no effort to pursue legal rights to the child once born.
If you wish to become a surrogate in California you are invited to discuss the details with the Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc. As a surrogate mother you can help those who cannot have a child see their dream of becoming parents come true.