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So, you’ve been thinking about becoming a surrogate. You’ve heard about the incredible impact it can have, not just on the lives of the intended parents but also on your own. Maybe you’ve even seen the stories of our Open Arms surrogates on our Instagram page. But what exactly does it take to become a surrogate? At Open Arms, we believe in transparency, so let’s dive into what you need to know! 

A Big Heart and a Helping Spirit

First and foremost, being a surrogate requires a big heart and a desire to help others! When we talk to surrogates about why they started, they normally lead with something along the lines of wanting to do good for others. Surrogacy is a beautiful, selfless act that allows you to help individuals or couples who cannot conceive on their own. If you have a nurturing nature and love the idea of giving someone the ultimate gift of life, you’re already on the right path!

Good Health

Surrogates need to be in good physical health. This means being a non-smoker, living in a stable environment, and having no significant medical issues. Regular check-ups, a healthy diet, and maintaining an active lifestyle are all important. It’s also crucial to have had at least one successful pregnancy and be actively parenting at least one child. This shows us and Intended Parents that your body is capable of carrying a pregnancy to term without complications!

Age and BMI Requirements

Age and BMI (Body Mass Index) guidelines are essential for the health and safety of both the surrogate and the baby. At Open Arms, surrogate applicants should be between the ages of 21 and 44. Weight also plays a role during the pregnancy process. That’s why our BMI requirement is to have a BMI of less than 30. This helps ensure that your body can handle the demands of pregnancy.

Emotional Stability

Pregnancy is a significant emotional journey, and surrogacy adds another layer of complexity. Having a strong support system in place can help you maintain joy throughout the process. Support systems can look different for anyone. They might include your partner, family, and friends who understand and support your decision to become a surrogate. Emotional readiness is key to navigating the ups and downs of the surrogacy process.

Medical and Psychological Screening 

When you are matched with Intended Parents, you’ll go through a psychological and medical evaluation. Psychological screening ensures you’re mentally prepared for the journey ahead. The Medical Evaluation is to ensure your body is in healthy condition and correlates to your records.

Commitment and Communication

Surrogacy is a significant commitment, often lasting 18-24 months from start to finish. This includes the medical screenings, the embryo transfer process, pregnancy, and delivery. Being a good communicator is also essential. You’ll need to keep in regular contact with the Intended Parents and our team, providing updates and discussing any concerns or needs.

Flexibility and Patience

As with all pregnancies, the surrogacy journey can sometimes be unpredictable. It can even be heartbreaking. Flexibility and patience are crucial traits. There may be delays or unexpected challenges, and having the ability to adapt, keep moving forward, and stay positive is vital.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Becoming a surrogate is an incredible journey filled with love, compassion, and fulfillment. If you feel you have what it takes and are ready to embark on this rewarding path, Open Arms is here to guide you every step of the way. You can see our full qualifications here. Ready to apply? Click here! 

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