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Requirements for becoming a surrogate in Minnesota 

On Behalf of | Sep 13, 2023 | Surrogacy

There are numerous reasons why couples opt to build a family through a surrogate. The motivations for becoming a surrogate also vary. 

In some cases, it may not be possible for a couple to have a child through conventional means. So, can anyone who is able and willing to become a surrogate? 

In Minnesota, there are legal and health requirements that must be met first. 

Legal requirements 

Surrogates in Minnesota must be at least 21 years old. The maximum age is typically 40 years old. Background checks will also usually be carried out on prospective surrogates and anyone with a felony conviction will generally be ruled out. 

The intentions of the surrogate will also be assessed. They should have entered the process for altruistic reasons. The genuine intent to help a couple start a family is very important. 

Health requirements 

The health and fitness of surrogates will also be thoroughly checked. There should be no evidence of drug abuse or alcoholism. The BMI of surrogates should also be between 18 and 33. The mental health of prospective surrogates will also be carefully assessed. There should be no ongoing serious mental health issues or history of severe mental health disorders. 

Importantly, prospective surrogacy should have had at least one successful pregnancy and delivery. Those who have had multiple successful pregnancies can also be considered but they should have had no more than three cesarean sections or five natural births. 

Starting a family through surrogacy can be very exciting, but it’s also important to protect your rights. By seeking guidance you’ll know that all of the legal intricacies are covered.