Find out what is required from a surrogate mother
Most clinics that provide this service will have detailed information on their website about how this process is achieved. Potential clients will want to read about the selection process used for surrogates and what methods are used for screening. Typically, surrogates will have to pass through a variety of filters before being eligible to participate in this kind of program.
At most clinics, specific age ranges are required, usually women in their 20’s that have already had one successful pregnancy being the most common participants. The clinic will usually require that they are screen psychologically, physically and that they meet specific requirements. These are ones that usually require their being able to show that they have support for this effort from their families and that they have no financial problems.
Read the legal information
Clinics can be in almost any location. People in the United States may have less worry about using someone as a surrogate than in other countries but not always. One way to get guidance about the legal contract is to have an independent attorney review it. This can tell the family more about how appropriate it is and if it is suitable for the state in which the family lives.
Ask about pricing in advance
Some clinics have different requirements as to pricing. Most of the time, the family will not be asked to pay living expenses for the surrogate but they may have to pay part of the medical costs such as delivery or for checkups. The clinic will have a fee for matching the two parties together and will also charge for any services it performs for IVF or any testing prior to insemination. Prospective parents will want to be aware of what their exact expenses are as closely as can be determined. There are also surprise costs such as a premature delivery or C-section that can come up but most pregnancies go by without a hitch.