Surrogate Age Limits
There are some surrogate age limits applied to surrogacy in Australia, and each State has it’s own requirements and restrictions. In most States, the surrogate must be over 25 years of age. In the ACT, the surrogate must be over 18.
There are no laws that require a surrogate to be under a certain age. There are many cases of surrogates who were well into their 40’s, and in some cases in their early 50’s. Some clinics will apply age limits such as 48, or 52. None of these age limits are legal restrictions; rather they are clinic policy based on what the specialists and clinics think is an appropriate age. Being post-menopausal does not usually prevent a woman from becoming a surrogate, at least not on its own.
Who is a good candidate for surrogacy really is an individual, case by case assessment, and needs to be determined by a medical specialist. Most medical practitioners will consider factors including overall health, BMI, previous pregnancy and birth history, any health conditions and age. A combination of all of those things may determine whether a woman is a good candidate for another pregnancy – there really is no ‘one size fits all’ answer.
If you are considering becoming a surrogate and are interested in whether you would be approved, you should speak to your own GP first. Generally speaking, the fertility specialist treating the intended parents will need to approve you as a surrogate before you can proceed. It is important to speak to your GP before offering to be a surrogate for someone, in case there is any medical reason why you would not be approved.
If you are new to surrogacy, you can read about how to find a surrogate, or how to become a surrogate yourself. You can also download the free Surrogacy Handbook which explains the processes and options.
You can also purchase my book, More Than Just a Baby: A Guide to Surrogacy for Intended Parents and Surrogates, the only guide to surrogacy in Australia.
Sarah provides free initial consults for future surrogates – you can book in at the link below.