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3 primary considerations when choosing a surrogate

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2024 | Surrogacy Law

If you are in a same-sex marriage setting and considering parenthood, one of the options available in California is surrogacy. This involves selecting a surrogate to carry and give birth to a child on behalf of intended parents.

The process of choosing a surrogate mother should be informed by thorough consideration of factors, including as the following.


A surrogate mother should ideally be within a certain age range that is considered optimal for pregnancy and childbirth, typically between the ages of 21 and 40. Younger surrogates may have fewer risks associated with pregnancy, while older surrogates may have more experience and stability in their personal lives. It’s essential to consider the surrogate’s age in relation to her reproductive health and ability to carry a pregnancy to term successfully.


A healthy surrogate mother should lead a lifestyle that promotes overall well-being and supports a successful pregnancy. This includes factors such as avoiding smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and illicit drug use, as these behaviors can negatively impact fertility and pregnancy outcomes. Surrogates should also maintain a balanced diet, engage in regular physical activity and attend prenatal appointments as recommended by healthcare providers.

Medical history

The medical history of your potential surrogate is a critical factor to consider when choosing a surrogate. It’s important to thoroughly review her obstetric history, including any previous pregnancies, deliveries and complications, if any. Understanding her reproductive health, such as any history of fertility issues, miscarriages or reproductive disorders, can provide valuable insight into her ability to carry a pregnancy successfully. Additionally, assessing her overall health status, including any chronic medical conditions or genetic predispositions, is essential to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy for both the surrogate and the intended child.

It is important to seek legal guidance to help ensure that all legal aspects of a surrogacy arrangement are properly addressed in accordance with California’s surrogacy laws and regulations.