A potential surrogate mother should consider that she is required to dedicate herself to a pregnancy, with the concurrent time and effort. However, being a surrogate is also a way to help people who cannot have a child of their own due to medical reasons or other issues and can be rewarding.

A potential surrogate should be generally in good health, and at a healthy weight. She should consider her income stability, and that of her partner, as she may be unable to work during the pregnancy. It is best if the surrogate can avoid stress over financial matters during the pregnancy. Life insurance is necessary in case of complications during the birth.

She should consider the possible need for screening and treatments to ensure a successful pregnancy, as well as the need for communication among herself, medical professionals and the prospective parents.

A potential surrogate may have to reveal details of her personal history, such as any use of illegal substances, her psychological history and any previous sexually transmitted diseases, so she must be comfortable discussing these matters.

Both the surrogate and the prospective parents should consider their state's legislation on surrogacy, due to possible issues with parental rights and the procedures should a premature birth occur.