What to Look for in a Surrogate By jodorsett on May 29, 2020

Hands resting on a pregnant woman’s stomachGestational surrogacy makes parenthood possible for many couples who wish to have a child, or more children, but are unable to carry the child themselves. 

Choosing to have a surrogate carry your child is a big decision, but just as important is finding the right woman to do so. At the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett helps connect couples with the right surrogate for their family. 

Here, we'll take a closer look at what to look for in a surrogate. We encourage you to contact our Lubbock, TX, practice if you would like to schedule a consultation for more information.  

What to Consider When Choosing a Surrogate 

There isn't one type of woman who becomes a surrogate. Surrogates may be married or single women, women with children, or women who have never given birth. They may be highly educated or they may have their GED.  

Since surrogates are so varied, there are many things for our Lubbock patients to consider when choosing a surrogate to carry their child.

Overall Health

Overall health is an important factor to consider when choosing a surrogate. A surrogate should be in good health as this often leads to a lower risk of complications to her and the baby during pregnancy and childbirth.

When it comes to health, some points of consideration are whether the surrogate has a healthy body mass index, is a non-smoker, and does not use drugs or alcohol. It may also be helpful to know her pregnancy history and her mental health history. 

Her Motivation

Something else to consider when choosing a surrogate is what is her motivation to become a surrogate? Many women choose to give the gift of surrogacy because they feel strongly about helping others experience the joys of having children. 

Others may choose to do so for financial compensation. Even so, many women who look to become a surrogate for the financial benefit feel very strongly about helping others experience the love of having a baby. 

Living Situation

A surrogate’s living situation is also important to consider. A couple may want to know how many people a potential surrogate lives with and who they are in relation to her. 

If she is married or has children, it may be beneficial to know how her spouse and children feel about her carrying another family's child. It is also important that the surrogate lives in a safe and clean environment. 


Those considering a surrogate should look for someone who is responsible and dependable. These traits are important to making sure both the surrogate and baby are well cared for during pregnancy. 

Some ways to get an idea of how responsible or dependable she may be is her willingness to go to appointments or her responsiveness to emails or phone calls. 

Is Surrogacy Right for You?

If you and your partner want children but are unable to carry them yourselves, a surrogate may be your pathway to parenthood. For answers to your questions about surrogacy, call our practice in Lubbock at (806) 788-1212 to schedule an appointment.

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The Centre for Reproductive Medicine

At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett and our warm, highly trained team provide the tools you need to start or add to your family. Dr. Dorsett is a board-certified fertility specialist and is an associate clinical professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. She is a member of the:

  • American College in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Society of Reproductive Medicine (Fellow)

Schedule a consultation to learn more by sending us a message or calling our office at (806) 788-1212

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