We know firsthand how the gift of surrogacy changes the lives of childless heterosexual and gay intended parents. And being a surrogate will give you an incredible sense of self-fulfillment from giving the greatest gift humanly possible to another family. 

Over the last few years, surrogacy has become more mainstream, with stars like Elton John, Giuliana Rancic, Nicole Kidman, Ricky Martin and Sarah Jessica Parker using surrogates to complete their families. But surrogacy remains one of the least talked about tools in the fight against infertility. Becoming a surrogate or gestational carrier is one of the greatest gifts you can give to those unable to carry a baby themselves, whether that is due to their infertility, being in a same sex relationship or being single.

There are many instances when, for one reason or another, an individual or couple is unable to have children of their own. Examples of causes include:

  • After a hysterectomy 
  • Previous radiation or other treatment that has damaged the uterus 
  • Medical reasons that make pregnancy unsafe (e.g. heart disease, cystic fibrosis, a history of hormone responsive cancer)
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss

Surrogacy involves taking the sperm from a male donor or intended parent and the egg of a donor, intended female parent, or even the surrogate mother herself, and having the embryo carried and birthed by the surrogate mother.

The primary criteria for becoming a Surrogate are as follows:

  • You must have had at least one pregnancy and viable birth and have a living child of your own
  • You may not have had more than 2 caesarean sections
  • Your BMI must be below 35 
  • You must be between the ages of 21 and 42
  • You must be in good physical health and be a non-smoker
  • You must be a South African citizen

IMPORTANT PLEA: Medfem Fertility Clinic welcomes any woman who would like to come forward and volunteer to be a surrogate. For more information contact Sister Krina at Medfem Fertility Clinic: 011 463 2244 or email: ivfsisters@medfem.co.za

For further information, support and advice visit the Surrogacy Advisory Group at www.surrogacy.co.za 


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