BMI = Body Mass Index, and the surrogate requirement we get asked about most often. BMI is a value derived from a calculation using a person's height and weight. You can use a calculator, there are numerous online versions, or a chart to work out your BMI which will fall in to one of 4 categories: Underweight (BMI <18.5), Normal (BMI 18.5-25), Overweight (BMI 25-30) and Obese (BMI >30). BMI may not be perfect but it is a good rule of thumb and is used widely as a screening tool in the medical field.We frequently hear from women who have had successful pregnancies of their own and are interested in becoming a surrogate but they are classed as underweight or obese according to their BMI. The first thing to note is that this isn't so much a CSP requirement as one set by the fertility doctors we work with. CSP would love to accept every person who applies to our program and wants to help someone create a family but, there are guidelines set by the American Society for Reproductive Health Medicine and each Doctor or Clinic may also have their own, slightly different, requirements. We do consider each application on a case by case basis but, we do need to know that we will be able to match an applicant and that a doctor will be willing to work with them.
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