The qualifications for being a gestational surrogate vary by agency, but they involve things like:


Candidates must be between the ages of 19 and 36 years old. Again, the specific range varies by location.

Reproductive background.

They also have to have carried at least one pregnancy — without complications — to term but have fewer than five vaginal deliveries and two cesarean sections.


Surrogates must live in a supportive home environment, as confirmed by a home study. Drug and alcohol abuse are other considerations.


Additionally, potential surrogates must have a mental health screening, a complete physical — including screening for sexually transmitted infections