The Zika virus, spread by a specific type of mosquito and sexual contact with an infected male, has been linked to microcephaly and other severe brain defects. Heartland Surrogacy is asking our surrogates to avoid travel to Zika-affected areas during pregnancy. For surrogate applicants, as well as intended parents using their own embryos, we are requiring an 8-week waiting period after possible exposure before beginning a surrogacy journey, per CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) suggestions.

The following information is provided by the CDC:

How to protect yourself if you are pregnant

Areas where Zika virus is spreading

Suggested wait before getting pregnant