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What you should know if you want to become a surrogate mother

On Behalf of | Aug 8, 2023 | Surrogacy

Infertility affects many people in Minnesota. For this reason, some women become surrogate mothers to bring joy to others. And some do so to help same-sex couples build families. 

Gestational surrogacy is permitted in Minnesota, provided involved parties meet set requirements. Here is what you should know before becoming a surrogate mother:

Your physical and mental health will be evaluated

To qualify as a surrogate mother, the state will require you to complete a medical evaluation concerning the anticipated pregnancy. Essentially, you should prove you can successfully carry the pregnancy to term without threatening your health or the child’s health.

Thus, if you have a history of pregnancy-related complications or health conditions that can affect a pregnancy, you may not qualify to become a gestational carrier.

In addition to a medical evaluation, you must complete a mental health one. You should be able to understand the process and emotionally process your role in it. 

You must have given birth to at least one child

In Minnesota, you must have given birth before becoming a surrogate mother. Pregnancy has physical and emotional challenges that can surprise someone who hasn’t already had a child. 

It’s crucial for someone to have first-hand experience with these and know how to cope with them before carrying someone else’s child.  Besides, it’s easier to know if you can successfully carry a pregnancy to term without complications if you have done it before. 

You must be at least 21 years of age to be a surrogate

A woman must be at least 21 years of age to become a surrogate mother due. At that age, you’re considered emotionally and physically mature, which increases the odds of successful surrogacy.

Becoming a surrogate mother offers numerous benefits. It will help to obtain adequate information about this matter to make informed decisions.