Becoming a surrogate in Florida is easier than in many states. There are no laws forbidding it – no jail terms, as in Michigan – and there are laws to protect you. In most states, becoming a surrogate is legal, but there are no laws to ensure that everything is being done above board and with everybody’s safety in mind.
There are certain requirements to becoming a surrogate in Florida. Those requirements are there for everybody’s protection:
- to make a successful pregnancy a likely outcome, so that intended parents are not disappointed and surrogate mother does not do it all for nothing.
- to protect the health and well-being of surrogate mothers.
- to ensure that women’s bodies are not rented out to the highest bidder
- to ensure that women are not exploited for their wombs, especially minors
- to protect both intended parents and surrogate mothers from possible emotional and psychological pitfalls
- to give the baby the healthiest head-start in life
A surrogate mother in Florida must be between the ages of 21 and 42. In most cases, women are expected to be under the ages of 35, but there are some exceptions.
You must live in a surrogate-friendly state. We won’t play a part in breaking another state’s law or in helping you earn jail-time or a fine. Here is a list of states from which we accept surrogate mothers:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
There are some paperwork requirements, as well. For instance, you must have a valid driver’s license. You must be either a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. You cannot have a criminal record, and you must be able to show that you are financially sound – people on government support are not allowed to apply to become a surrogate mother – and stable.
As you might expect, there are some health requirements, as well. Those include passing a psychological assessment and making your medical records available. It also includes not having smoked for the past couple years. You’ll also have to pass tests for STD’s and drugs, as well as general medical exams.
And there are some requirements related to your previous pregnancies:
- Must have had a full-term pregnancy and delivery
- Must not have delivered prior to 35 weeks
- Must have given birth to a child of your own and be now raising that child
- Must have had uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries
- Must have had more than 2 previous c-sections
- Must have had more than 4 or more pregnancies
And let’s not forget the basics. You must be willing to sign a contract and stick to the terms. You must be willing to go without alcohol for the full term, and before. You must have the support of your partner and of those close to you.
And you must be willing to take the medications, hormones and nutrients prescribed as part of the process. There is a significant list, and we will review those with you before the process begins, so you know exactly what you are committing to.
Becoming a surrogate in Florida is not the simplest process. There is lot to know and a lot to do. If surrogacy is something you wish to pursue, we’ll help you through the process.Return to Blog