Requirements for surrogacy in South Africa….how to become a surrogate mother for money in south africa…how to become a surrogate mother in south africa. Surrogacy agencies in South Africa.
It is now very common to see ladies who want to rent their womb for money in South Africa. “I want to be a surrogate mother in South Africa, where can I get a surrogate agency to link me up with couples that want to have a child through surrogacy”, some ladies always ask me…..I have decided to take about Surrogacy especially as it relates to South Africa.
As you know, surrogacy is very legal in South Africa and some part of it is even covered by medical aids….A surrogate mother who rented her womb to give birth for a childless couple earns as high as R800,000 (covering IVF medical cost, screening cost, legal cost, and monthly running cost for the surrogate mother). So many fertile South African ladies want to make money from surrogacy but many dont know the requirements for surrogacy that many fertility clinics or surrogate clinics demand for….
In this article, I want to let you know the requirements for surrogacy in South Africa….with this, you will be able to know if as a lady, you are legally and m medically eligible to give birth to another man’s child or not…
Requirements for surrogacy in South Africa
As a South African lady, having a womb to rent for surrogacy is not enough, there are certain criterias you must meet to qualify you as a surrogate mother.
?Age range 21–38
?BMI of 19–32 (learn your BMI)
?No smoking or illicit drug use
?At least one successful pregnancy, but no more than five vaginal births and no more than four Cesarean births
?Six months need to pass since last vaginal or cesarean birth
?Currently raising a child (not very necesssary). But you must have a living child of your own.
?No major complications from previous pregnancies
?Pap smear completed within one year
?Not receiving state assistance (gainfully employed)
?Ability to travel as needed for surrogacy appointments
?No felony convictions (no criminal records)
?No tattoos or piercings in the last six months be clean)
?Cannot be on anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication for 12 months
?No untreated addiction, abuse (child, sexual or physical), depression, eating disorders or traumatic pregnancy, labor and/or delivery
?No medical conditions like HIV, hepatitis
?not using surrogacy as a source of income….you must attach some form of compassion and the desire to help a childless couple to it.
?South Africa surrogacy laws believes that surrogacy should be free and surrogate mothers should not rent a womb for money… According to SA surrogacy laws, it should be borne out of altruistic desire to give back and not to be done out of loyalty or religious reasons.
?A potential surrogate mother must submit herself for medical assessment, psychological evaluation, legal works, and criminal background checks.
?Be mentally competent enough to enter and sign legal agreement knowing fully well the legal implications.
Some their important things you need to know about surrogacy in South Africa
Does medical aid cover surrogacy in South Africa?
Medical aid covers some surrogacy programs in South Africa.
Surrogacy for single man South Africa…is it possible?
Yes. A South African court ruled that a single parent , man or woman can get a baby through surrogacy.
CAN I BE A SURROGATE IF I HAVE HPV?
Depending on your individual circumstances, it may be possible to be a surrogate with human papilloma virus. In most cases, HPV will not affect a developing baby. You may speak with a surrogacy specialist or your doctor for more information.
CAN YOU BE A SURROGATE MOTHER WITH HERPES?
Genital herpes may not disqualify a woman from being a surrogate. However, it may increase a surrogate’s wait time to be matched with intended parents, and she may need to have a cesarean section if she experiences an outbreak close to the delivery.
CAN YOU BE A SURROGATE AFTER PREECLAMPSIA?
Preeclampsia is a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication that can pose serious risks to you and the baby. A history of preeclampsia would likely disqualify you from surrogacy, but you may speak with your doctor for more information.
CAN I PURSUE SURROGACY WITH ENDOMETRIOSIS?
Endometriosis can reduce the chance of conception and increase the risk of miscarriage. Because of these challenges, a fertility clinic would likely disqualify you from pursuing surrogacy, though this may vary depending on the severity of your condition.
WHAT PREGNANCY CONDITIONS DISQUALIFY YOU FROM SURROGACY?
In general, fertility clinics require that your previous pregnancies be free of any major complications in order for you to be a surrogate. This includes preterm labor, preeclampsia, and other issues that require significant medical intervention. You may ask your doctor whether you would be a good candidate for surrogacy based on your individual circumstances.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU BE A SURROGATE?
According to the guidelines established by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), a surrogate should have no more than five vaginal deliveries or four caesarean deliveries.
CAN I BE A SURROGATE IF I’VE NEVER BEEN PREGNANT?
You cannot pursue surrogacy without previous pregnancy. One of the most important requirements of surrogacy is to have at least one successful prior pregnancy and be currently raising your child(ren). You need to fully understand all of the physical and emotional challenges of pregnancy and labor before carrying a baby for someone else.
Additionally, your fertility clinic will review your previous birth records as part of the screening process to ensure you are healthy enough for surrogacy. If a surrogate mother has never been pregnant, it will be difficult for her doctor to determine whether surrogacy is a safe option for her.
CAN SOMEONE WITH A HISTORY OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION BE A SURROGATE?
It depends. Your emotional well-being is just as important as your physical health during and after the surrogacy process. You will undergo a psychological evaluation during the surrogate medical screening process to ensure you are emotionally healthy enough for surrogacy. If your depression has been treated successfully, you will likely be eligible to become a gestational carrier.
I JUST GOT A NEW TATTOO. CAN I BE A SURROGATE?
You can be a surrogate after getting a new tattoo, but there will be a temporary delay in the process. You need to wait six months after getting a tattoo and be screened for infectious diseases before you will be approved for surrogacy. However, you may be able to begin the application and screening process prior to that time.
CAN SOMEONE WITH SICKLE CELL BE A SURROGATE?
Sickle cell disease can increase the risk of miscarriage, preterm labor, and low birth weight. Because of these and other serious risks, it is not safe for a woman with sickle cell disease to become a surrogate.
CAN YOU BE A SURROGATE WITH DIABETES?
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes present serious risks to pregnant mothers because it may be more difficult to control blood glucose levels during pregnancy. Because of the increased risks to your health, you should not pursue surrogacy with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
However, a history of gestational diabetes may not necessarily disqualify you from surrogacy. You should speak with your fertility clinic for more information in your individual circumstances.
CAN I BECOME A SURROGATE WITH PCOS?
PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, will not automatically disqualify you from becoming a surrogate. If you are considering being a surrogate with PCOS, your doctor will carefully monitor your sugar control to ensure you are ready for a surrogate pregnancy.
CAN I BECOME A SURROGATE WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM?
It is possible to be a surrogate with hypothyroidism; you will just need to submit medical records from your thyroid specialist and be monitored closely throughout the process.
Surrogacy clinics in South Africa may sometimes overlook some less life threatening medical conditions. The truth is , contrary to what the law says, surrogate mothers in South Africa are heavily paid for their services….which I support.
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