Why Are a Potential Surrogate’s Medical Records Important?

Due to the legal liabilities that surrogates, healthcare entities, and surrogate agencies must consider, Hellobaby Surrogacy must require evidence as to the good health of a prospective surrogate before signing any legal surrogate contracts or presenting you to our intended parents as a possible match.

Part of obtaining the necessary health evidence is to require the past and current medical records of each unique surrogate—this will include all of your hospital and pregnancy-related records.

Past medical history can tell a more accurate story of overall health and fitness needed to become pregnant and sustain that pregnancy all the way until the delivery.

Also, a surrogates’ family history with regards to health can show indicators of possible future health problems of either the surrogate and/or her delivered baby.

Some possible detriments that a surrogate’s medical record could show include:

  • Too many vaginal or C-section deliveries
  • Chronic health conditions – diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.
  • Past gestational diabetes – when women develop diabetes while pregnant that resolves after delivery
  • Family history of certain inherited disorders – birth defects, learning problems, autoimmune disorders & others
  • Past or current alcohol or drug addictions
  • General fitness level under recommended guidelines
  • Over or under the recommended weight
  • Poor diet history
  • Smoker
  • Condition of uterus
  • Past complications when pregnant
  • Personal or family history of cancer, strokes, heart disease, etc.
  • Poor social or lifestyle history
  • History of postpartum depression
  • Mental health or emotional disorders
  • History of sexually transmitted diseases or STD’s

When part of the process do I obtain my medical record to be screened as a surrogate?

We suggest gathering your medical record as soon as possible. While you are filling out the surrogate application, you should start collecting your pregnancy records from every pregnancy you have had.  This can often times take 2-4 weeks so the sooner you start, the better.

You will not be looked at as a serious candidate, nor can we allow parents to view your profile until this part of your process is complete.

Obtaining your medical record for most of our surrogate mother hopefuls is arguably the most arduous and stressful part of the process of becoming a surrogate—besides obtaining a new PAP Smear if your last one was not within the last year.

Also, as part of your medical record sign-off, we will also ask you to provide us with an “OB-Clearance” letter—stating that your physician believes you are a good candidate for becoming a surrogate based on your medical history with their clinic and your vitals are up to date.

We ask all potential surrogate mothers to obtain their medical record, including all records from your OBGYN as well as your hospital and delivery records, pre-natal and everything related to your pregnancy histories (all pregnancies if you have multiple births, and all hospital records).

Many of our surrogates come to us with multiple pregnancies that are across many years and across many different clinics or hospitals.

This will be by far one of the hardest parts in your screening process to obtain, so we suggest working hard on gathering the information as soon as you decide that you would like to move forward in becoming a surrogate—if you meet all of the up-front qualifications.

How Do I Ensure a Healthy Pregnancy When I Become a Surrogate?

Every surrogate should be determined to follow all of her doctor’s instructions and medical recommendations to decrease chances for complications when carrying a child.

Additionally, it is crucial to lead a healthy lifestyle before, during and throughout the surrogate process.

Some healthy lifestyle recommendations include:

  • Eat a balanced & nutritiousdiet
  • Get regular exercise under doctor supervision
  • Stay away from cigarette smoke or vaping- including marijuana or other legal or other forms of smoking
  • Avoid drugs & always clear any prescribed or OTC drugs or supplements with a doctor before taking or stopping
  • Keep all doctor & other healthcare appointments – doctor, OB/GYN, fertility specialists, mental health therapist, nutritionist, etc.
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Avoid high-risk behaviors & activities as directed by the medical team
  • Follow any abstinence instructions precisely
  • Spouse or significant other sexual partners also need to be screened for STDs & other communicable diseases – AIDS, herpes, TB, hepatitis, etc.

Interested in learning more about surrogacy at Hellobaby Surrogacy? Check out our parents page for information about becoming a parent through surrogacy or our surrogate page to learn about becoming a surrogate! You can also follow along on our Facebook and Twitter as we share updates, resources, and client stories daily!

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