Why surrogacy agencies may ask if you have already had a child in order to become a surrogate
When reviewing potential surrogates agencies take a look into your medical history to see any health problems that could affect the pregnancy. One of the reasons why agencies look for someone who has already given birth is that being able to carry a pregnancy with limited complications makes for an ideal surrogate. For intended parents the life of their child is a huge investment both emotionally and financially. For this reason, it is very important that their surrogate experience is as safe as possible. It is also important to remember that as a surrogate you're doing an incredibly selfless act, but that doesn't mean you are to put yourself in unnecessary danger. With having the experience of having a healthy and successful pregnancy it is more likely that your next pregnancy will also occur without too many negative consequences.
Considering that most surrogates are young women we want to ensure their health and safety and make sure they are never taken advantage of. Due to this to someone who has never given birth they may have an idea of what it will be like but will not know what the experience entails. It is important that the surrogate mother understands what pregnancy, birth, and post birth are like in order to give full consent. Surrogacy is supposed to be a positive experience for the parents and surrogate and it is important that both parties are in it 100%.
According to Lisa Stark-Hughes of GS Moms, "Hopeful parents have many options when it comes to starting a family, and parents should consider all of the benefits and challenges of egg donation and surrogacy before committing to the process."
Gestational Surrogate Moms, Inc. (GSMoms) is a full-service surrogacy and egg donor agency that focuses on keeping the most significant decision in life - that of starting a family - a personal experience. Whether you are an intended parent, surrogate, egg donor, clinical partner and/or sister agency, you will always feel our level of commitment. Our GSMoms family will work you through this process, and treat you with the care you deserve during such a critical time in your lives.
Gestational Surrogate Moms, Inc. (GSMoms) is a global company with main offices located in Sacramento, California, and Champaign, Illinois. We also have a satellite office in Pasadena, California; and work with partners and other agencies located throughout the world, including Tel Aviv, Israel, and Shenzhen, China.