Can a 50 Year-Old Be a Surrogate Mother?

So, can a 50 year-old be a surrogate mother? Find out about the requirements to be a surrogate with this complete guide.

You may have come across stories online of women successfully carrying a child to term in their 50s or older. In most cases, it’s rare for a woman to become pregnant at the age of 50. If you’re wondering about being a surrogate at 50, this will likely not be possible.

While every surrogacy professional has their own standards, our goal is to help you understand what the requirements to be a surrogate with our agency are and how they protect you.   

If you have questions about our age qualifications to be a surrogate, contact us online now.

Can a 50-Year-Old Be a Surrogate Mother?

No. We require that all our surrogates be between 21-40 years old. This isn’t meant to exclude anyone, but rather to ensure you’re able to carry a pregnancy safely. Our age requirement is based on standards set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).  

Age requirement exist so that you have the best chance of becoming pregnant and safely carrying a baby to term. There are more risks to you and the baby if you became a surrogate mother at age 50, than there are for surrogates within our age range.

If you were to become a 50-year-old surrogate, there would be increased risks associated with carrying a pregnancy at this age. So, while your desire to help others grow their family is admirable, you will not be able to be a surrogate at 50 with our agency.

Why Can’t I Become a Surrogate Mother at Age 50? [How We Protect You]

Our age qualifications are intended to safeguard your health during pregnancy. The risks involved with becoming a surrogate mother at age 50 are higher, given that menopause typically begins around this age. Once menopause begins, it decreases your fertility making pregnancy almost impossible.

By keeping a set age limit, we prioritize the well-being of our surrogates, the baby and the intended parents. The risks of being a surrogate at 50 include:

  • Preeclampsia, a type of high blood pressure that develops during pregnancy that can become life-threatening.

  • Gestational diabetes

  • Ectopic pregnancy, when the egg is attached outside your uterus.

  • Premature birth

  • Miscarriage

  • Low-birth weight for the baby

Because of these risks, many intended parents do not want a surrogate mother at age 50 to carry their baby. Our commitment to your safety is what guides our qualifications to be a surrogate. To learn more about why these guidelines exist, check out our surrogate qualifications page

What Can I Do If I Can’t Be a 50 Year-Old Surrogate?

If you can’t become a surrogate mother at age 50, then you can still help contribute to the life-changing journey of surrogacy. We offer a program where you can refer a friend who meets all the qualifications to become a surrogate. When you refer a friend, you’ll have the chance to receive $5,000+ once your friend completes the embryo transfer portion of the process.

Here’s how our referral program works:

  • Step 1: Refer a friend who you think will make a good surrogate candidate.

  • Step 2: Your friend will go through our initial screening process.

  • Step 3: Once approved, she’ll join our program and will be matched with intended parents.

  • Step 4: You’ll receive a $5,000+ referral fee within 30 days of the embryo transfer process.

If you find that another professional is offering a higher referral fee, let us know. We’re dedicated to offering the highest compensation possible for your help in creating families. Although you can’t become a surrogate mother at age 50, you can still earn meaningful income for your family through our referral program.

Even if surrogacy isn’t the right path for you, just know that you can still help others fulfill their dreams of starting a family. If you know someone who would make a great surrogate candidate, then send them our contact form. If you’re under the age of 40, then text us at 913-204-0224 to see if you qualify to be a surrogate.