Delivering Family Dreams

Gestational Surrogate Requirements

At The Stork's Nest, we believe that our gestational surrogate screening and requirements offer the intended parents, and gestational surrogates, the best opportunity for a safe and successful journey. To accomplish this, The Stork's Nest requires that the gestational surrogates meet certain criteria.

Gestational Surrogates Must Meet The Following Requirements:

  • Is between the ages of 23 and 44 years.
  • Has delivered at least one child of her own.
  • Is raising/have fully raised the child that she delivered as her own.
  • Has not had any complications in a previous pregnancy.
  • Lives in a stable household where nobody smokes, uses drugs, or abuses alcohol (including herself).
  • Does not live in Michigan.
  • Has not smoked in over 2 years, and has no history of repeated or chronic drug use.
  • Is not dependent on alcohol and is willing to abstain use throughout any resulting surrogacy pregnancy.
  • Is single, divorced, married, or widowed, but is not separated from her husband.
  • Has no criminal history (including her Husband/Partner).
  • Is neither significantly overweight nor underweight for her height.
  • Has a valid drivers license, reliable transportation, and car insurance.
  • Has health insurance. The Stork’s Nest will have the policy reviewed for any surrogacy exclusions and gestational surrogates will not be required to do this themselves.
  • Is free of STD’s/STI’s and other transmittable diseases.
  • Has access to prior obstetrical (OB/GYN) medical records and will share this information when needed during the assessment for eligibility and matching process.
  • Is not, or anyone in her household are not, a recipient of any state or federal financial assistance (welfare, housing assistance, food stamps, WIC, etc).
  • Has not received psychiatric treatment for a serious mental illness.
  • Has not, and Husband/Partner (if applicable) has not, been in a substance abuse program.
  • Has never been denied as a surrogate by a physician, fertility center, or other surrogacy agency.
  • If accepted into the program, she agrees to maintain permanent residence in her current state until after delivery of the surrogate child(ren).

If you have any questions regarding any of these requirements or your eligibility, please contact us at or you may visit the Contact Us page and submit your questions and information.