Surrogacy Requirements In California: Explained

When a woman wants to work with EDSI, she needs to meet the surrogacy requirements in California. These requirements have been established by doctors to help promote healthy pregnancies and births. Many of these requirements focus on keeping the Surrogate safe as well as the baby. While women who do not fit into the criteria get pregnant every day, we have been building families for a long time, and we are cautious. 

Remember that becoming a surrogate is an act of service, but there will be a physical toll on you. If you want to be a Surrogate but don’t fit these requirements, we can help you to get there, in some cases. We can connect you with resources to help you or suggest other ways to work with our agency.

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Please feel free to contact us at 866-344-8662 if you have any questions! We would be happy to speak with you.

Age Limits: 21 to 37 Years Old

Age is important when it comes to your safety. Women over a certain age have a harder time not only becoming pregnant and while they are pregnant, but healing from the pregnancy. While you can be perfectly healthy, this is just a precaution that we take.

You also need to be at least 21-years-old. While women under 21 can be wonderful mothers, we always suggest that women who become Surrogates not want any more children of their own. 

You Must Have Given Birth & Are Raising Your Child

We ask that all of our Surrogate Mothers have already given birth to at least one child. This will help us to work with you throughout your pregnancy. We need to know whether you had any complications or issues with delivery or carrying the baby. Not all complications are going to disqualify you, but there are some things we will need to plan for, ahead of time if possible.

Of course, we also ask that you are raising (or have raised) your child. Anyone who has legally lost their child is not able to be a Surrogate. 

You Must Have Reliable Transportation

Being a Surrogate requires you to go to medical appointments and meet with our Case Managers. While we can work with you on meeting times, you will need to have access to reliable transportation. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to drive, but you should be able to get somewhere you need to go with few problems. 

Having A Healthy BMI

If you are of a healthy weight, you are more likely to have a healthy pregnancy. By keeping your weight down, you will feel more comfortable throughout your pregnancy and you may have fewer complications that can harm you or the baby. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you need to be a bodybuilder or a size 0. We simply ask that you fall within a healthy BMI range between 18-30.

Ready To Start Your Surrogacy Journey? Contact Us Today

Remember that these requirements aren’t put into place without a lot of thought, data, and consideration. Your mental, physical, and emotional health all matter to us. If you do not meet these requirements, or any of the other requirements, we may be able to help you meet them. We can give you resources or tips to meet some of the criteria.

Surrogacy is an extremely rewarding experience that will change your life forever. If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today.


Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)

8624 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(866) 344-3662


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