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    Topics may include the screening process, qualities to look for in an SM/IP, typical requirements for becoming an SM, etc.

    2. Hi. Would you know how old a woman must be to be a surrogate mother? I am 47 years old and I know a couple that desparately want a child. I want to do this at no cost to them. However, I believe I might be too old. Would you please respond? Thank you. - Marsha in OH - Top


    Although your question was posted for Jennifer S, I thought I would also give you an answer. You are not too old to be a surrogate mother as long as you are not using your own eggs. Most infertility specialists do have an upper age limit that they will work with but there are a few cases out there where women your age and older have successfully gotten pregnant and carried to term using donor eggs. My doctor will only transfer up until age 42 using your own eggs and 46 using donor, but he is also more conservative. I have heard the age limit being as high as 50.

    Best of luck to you and your friends.

    Linda P
    Mom of twins via donor egg/gestational surrogacy

    Generally, most traditional surrogates are NOT any
    older then 35 years old. And agency and doctor would not work with a surrogate if she were you age! But all situations are different and it's up to both of you.

    Jennifer - Updated: January 17, 2000

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    • Tracie - 5 time egg donor (triplets, 2 sets of twins and 2 singletons) and 3 time surrogate (2-AI, 1-IVF).
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