Surrogates must have had a previous pregnancy because it helps to ensure that they are physically capable of carrying a pregnancy to term. Pregnancy places significant demands on a woman’s body, and the ability to carry a pregnancy successfully cannot be predicted solely based on age or overall health.
By requiring surrogates to have had a previous pregnancy, surrogacy agencies and medical professionals can assess the woman’s medical history, evaluate her ability to carry a pregnancy to term, and identify any potential risk factors that may affect her ability to do so.
Additionally, previous pregnancy experience can help surrogates better understand the physical and emotional demands of carrying a pregnancy, which can be helpful in navigating the surrogacy process.
While some women may be physically capable of carrying a pregnancy without having had a previous pregnancy, the requirement for surrogates to have had a successful pregnancy is generally seen as a way to help ensure the safety and well-being of both the surrogate and the baby.
If a surrogate has never been pregnant or carried a child to term, she may have limited knowledge of her own fertility. This information is important to intended parents who are ready to emotionally and financially invest in a surrogacy journey. The intended parents want to be matched with a surrogate who gives them the best chances of success, and that is someone with a previous and successful pregnancy.
Even with all the professionals involved in a journey, surrogacy can be complicated and risky. That is why pregnancy history is one of the key factors in evaluating a potential surrogate for both our surrogacy agency and the intended parents.
Shared Conception does all we can to mitigate risks and create a positive experience for everyone. The ASRM sets this guideline, which we believe is necessary since it offers valuable information in determining if a woman qualifies to be a surrogate. Shared Conception is ready to help you embark on this journey.