Surrogate Mother Selection Criteria
Finding the right surrogate mother for your growing family is one of the most important steps in the surrogacy process. The best fit can be different for every parent, depending on your unique wants and needs. To help guide you through the selection process, New Life’s medical coordinator will recommend a candidate from our pool of reliable surrogate mothers who have already undergone the following stages of the screening process.
Interview and Psychological Screening
Surrogacy often requires a year or more of commitment to another family. A surrogate undergoes medical and psychological evaluation throughout pregnancy and through the birth of a baby that isn’t her own. Because of these unique circumstances, all of New Life’s surrogate mothers are thoroughly vetted prior to acceptance. Interviews serve multiple purposes, including ensuring that the candidate fully understands and accepts these responsibilities and the potential challenges they may face as a surrogate mother. Candidates must prove that they are trustworthy, responsible, and committed to seeing any pregnancy through to completion. Only candidates who are fully prepared for the role are welcomed into the New Life family.
Interview with Family
Because support is critical for the success of any pregnancy, New Life has made it a requirement that we meet each of our surrogate mother’s families to ensure they support her decision. This ensures that the surrogate will have the support and care they need for mental and emotional well-being throughout pregnancy and the delivery of a healthy baby. This interview includes a house visit to check that living conditions are suitable for pregnancy and meet New Life’s established safety standards.
Criminal Background Check
Once a surrogate mother candidate passes her initial interview and psychological screening, New Life performs a criminal background check and obtains an official certificate from the appropriate government institution. This confirms the surrogate candidate does not have any criminal history for the safety of our parents and babies.
Marital Status Check
Through countless journeys helping parents from all over the world achieve their dreams of parenthood, New Life is well-versed in surrogate laws and procedures in various locations. Some countries and embassies require by law that surrogate mothers are single, unmarried women. To abide by these laws, New Life requests that surrogate mother candidates provide official certification from an appropriate government institution regarding their marital status. This prevents any potential obstacles following the birth of the baby as we will assign a proper surrogate for your program.
Many parents instinctively want to choose a young surrogate mother, but we know from experience that age is not the best factor in determining whether or a not a surrogate candidate is the best fit. For example, a younger surrogate mother in her twenties may lead a busier, more active lifestyle, but an older surrogate mother in her thirties or early forties may be more stable, responsible, and calm. Since a surrogate mother does not use her own eggs, age is not as important as other factors, such as the surrogate’s overall pregnancy history, in determining whether she is a good candidate. New Life’s surrogate mothers are between 20 and 42 years old, and our team is here to help guide you through this selection process.
Once a surrogate mother passes all of New Life’s checks and interviews, she is referred to our doctor for medical assessment. Every surrogate mother candidate is thoroughly examined for viruses, sexually transmitted diseases, and hormones. An ultrasound scan is performed to verify that her endometrium is good and she is capable of carrying a healthy baby to term.
Assigning Surrogate Mothers
New Life’s high-success rate comes from our highly qualified, trained, and dedicated team of medical professionals. They ensure that only the best embryos are transferred into a well-prepared endometrium. Doctors are given full flexibility to assign surrogate mothers to a program based on their professional judgment and to transfer an embryo into their selected surrogate’s endometrium during an ideal period. Because of this necessary flexibility to obtain the highest possible success rate, please note that New Life’s doctor and medical coordinator will assign a surrogate candidate for you.
Meet your Surrogate Mother
We completely understand that this journey is one of the most emotional experiences. When choosing a surrogate mother, you want to make sure you are putting your family’s future and your baby’s life into the best, most trustworthy and reliable hands. We want you to feel as comfortable and confident in your decision as possible, so we invite you to request a meeting with your surrogate mother in person. This will allow you to personally get to know your surrogate mother so you can entrust that she will carry the pregnancy as if it were her own, keeping your baby safe and healthy.
What our parents say after meeting with their surrogates:
“Many companies could offer us a baby, but only New Life could truly offer us the human side of surrogacy with dedication, respect, understanding, and affection. These are people who love their work. They’re decisive and have a spirit of service. Most importantly, they are people with huge hearts. New Life works with feelings and people, not with things.”
‘’ Hi, Maria! We would like to thank you for making things easy for us in Georgia! From picking us up and dropping us off at the airport, to being entirely available for anything, even our most personal needs
We have to tell you how absolutely pleased we are with our surrogate mother, Sophiko. Choosing the best fit was one of our biggest concerns. We were so worried she was the sort of person they show in other areas of the world, such as a poor woman being exploited by people without feelings, or one with no other way to survive and no other decisions. Sophiko, or “our Sophie” as I call her, surprised us so much. This strong woman has a lot of character and personality and made it very clear that it is her body, her life, and her decision, and that the opinions of the rest of the world, including her family, did not impact her at all. I do have to admit that I called Ana to speak about some concerns we had regarding information in the media about surrogacy. I told her that, despite how much we were looking forward to having our baby, I was losing sleep thinking that I could be participating in the exploitation of a poor woman with no control over her situation. Ana helped alleviate much of my fear and insecurity, and after meeting Sophiko on Tuesday I felt so at peace with our decision. Meeting with her was crucial, and enabled us to start treatment with enthusiasm!”
When we arrived back in Spain, we told a couple we know that wanted children but had given up because of stories in the media about our experience with New Life. They were interested in our journey and wanted information, and after we told them about our wonderful experience they decided to look into surrogacy again. Seriously, we have no words to tell you how completely happy and grateful we are for the New Life team.”