Can I Be A Teen Surrogate?

Understand why a teen surrogate is unlikely and how you can become a surrogate once you reach the age of 21.

Becoming a teen surrogate is an unlikely circumstance with most surrogacy agencies. There are a number of reasons we prefer not to work with surrogates under the age of 21. The process to becoming a surrogate can be physically and emotionally challenging. In addition, there are many other requirements that likely could not be met that early in someone’s life. Because of these requirements and health concerns, we set minimum surrogate age requirements.

However, don’t let that deter you from pursuing surrogacy in the future. There are so many benefits to becoming a surrogate and we’ll be happy to work with you when you’re the right age.

Have questions about surrogacy? Contact us today.

Can I Become a Teen Surrogate?

If you are looking to become a teen surrogate, this will likely not be possible. There are a few basic requirements for surrogacy you should be aware of. These requirements are set by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. The requirements for surrogacy include:

  • Age 21-40

  • At least one successful pregnancy

  • No more than five vaginal births or three cesarean births

  • Currently raising a child

  • No major complications from previous pregnancies

  • No felony convictions

Can You Be a Surrogate at 17?

Unfortunately, you will not be able to become a teen surrogate at 17. Not only is our minimum age to be a surrogate is 21, but you will likely fall outside of our other requirements such as  financial stability, needing to be currently raising a child and needing to have had at least one successful pregnancy.

At 17, you might still be in high school and figuring out what you want to do with your life. We admire your desire to help others at such a young age, but unfortunately you cannot become a surrogate at 17.

Can I Become a Surrogate Mother at 18?

If you want to become a surrogate at 18 to pay for college or jump-start your independence, this is still not possible. While you are legally an adult at 18, you are still below our minimum surrogate age limit of 21.  While you are legally an adult, you are not exempt from our surrogacy standards, as there are more risks associated with younger pregnancies, and you likely still fall outside of our other requirements.

Can I Be a Surrogate at 19?

While you’re no longer a minor at 19, you’d still be considered a teen surrogate. You are below our minimum age to be a surrogate. If you want to become a surrogate and help create families, you can start researching surrogacy and taking the steps to prepare for the surrogacy process so that you’re ready to go when you become eligible.

Why You Cannot Become a Teen Surrogate

We commend anyone who wants to become a surrogate, but we don’t want anyone to do this at the risk of their health or emotional well-being. While you are technically an adult and able to make your own decisions about your body at the age of 18, there are still risks associated with pregnancy. This is especially true for women looking to be a surrogate at age 18 or 19. These risks include:

  • Bleeding during pregnancy

  • Toxemia

  • Hemorrhage

  • Prolonged and difficult labor

  • Severe anemia

  • Disability

  • Emotional maturity

Get Started Today

If you want to be a teen surrogate, we encourage you to maintain that determination until you’re eligible to become a surrogate. We are ready to help you navigate the application process and offer support and education to work through the surrogate journey. You can even reach out to us now for educational resources.  Contact us today!