Understanding Surrogacy Jargon Part 2

imagesPreviously we listed some terms that you’re likely to see before and leading up to transfer. The vocabulary of third party reproduction doesn’t stop at transfer though. With each new phase there are new keywords and shorthand abbreviations as well. Here’s a list of new terms that you may start to hear once the embryo has been transferred.

AZH: Assisted Hatching. This is a procedure wherein a fertilized egg can have a small opening created on it to help encourage the egg to implant in the uterus. This is especially helpful in women older than 37 years, in frozen embryo transfers or in cases where the shell surrounding the embryo may be thick or harder than normal.

2WW- The Two Week Wait. This is the amount of time between when the embryo is transferring into the uterus and when the first blood test (beta) will determine whether or not pregnancy was achieved.

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HART Program FAQs

Earlier this week Yahoo Parenting ran this story about a man living with an HIV positive diagnosis. This man is also a father through surrogacy. That breakthrough was made possible through the use of our HART program.

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the program.

What is HART?
HART stands for HIV Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Growing Generations has developed a cutting edge approach to assisted reproductive technologies combined with laboratory testing and preventative medications so HIV+ men may have the chance to become parents.

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The Jargon of Surrogacy; Part 1

The jargon of gestational surrogacy can be a lot to take in. Surrounded by shorthand abbreviations and phrases that you’re not likely to hear at your local coffee shop, it can often be a bit overwhelming. Here’s a glimpse at some of the phrases you may hear leading up to your first transfer.


IPs- Intended Parents. The term is broad and can apply to two men, two women, a single parent or a heterosexual couple. In any instance, it is usually these people who submit at least half of the genetic makeup of the child to be.

IF- Intended Father. In situations of a male-male homosexual couple, IF’s is often used in place of IP’s.

IM- Intended Mother. In some cases this woman may be providing her own egg to be fertilized. If she is unable to do that she will need the help of an ED, or egg donor.

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Growing Generations’ Surrogate Screening Process- Part Two

Growing Generations’ process for screening their surrogates is renowned, partly because they are committed to thoroughly screening potential surrogates before they are matched with Intended Parents. The first part of Growing Generations’ screening process dealt with the online application. We pick up our series at the New Surrogate Phone Consultation.

The Consult call is an hour long conversation that is had between the surrogate candidate and one of Growing Generations’ Surrogate Admissions Specialists. The purpose of this phone call is to continue to educate the future surrogate about the overall process and make sure that it is something she’d like to move forward with. A summary of the entire process is given, from application to birth. There is also plenty of time during the phone call to get answers for any questions the candidate may have. Continue reading

Growing Generations’ Surrogate Screening Process- Part One

Growing Generations is committed to thoroughly screening potential surrogates. The surrogacy process will take several months, starting with the screening and ending in birth. Although richly rewarding, surrogacy should not be entered into lightly.

When the potential surrogate fills out the online surrogate application, an informational questionnaire, her answers are screened to determine if she meets the minimum qualifications to be a Growing Generations Surrogate. There are a number of specific criteria that are taken into account, including age, state of residence and height and weight (Body Mass Index). Other determining factors include whether she is a non-smoker, has U.S. Citizenship, Green Card or Visa and if she or her partner have been convicted of a felony. Questions are asked to gather information about gastric surgery for weight-loss, Diabetes and other pregnancy related diagnoses she may have had in her past. Continue reading

Ethical Surrogacy in the United States: A Free Educational Seminar

Dr. Kim Bergman will be traveling to Australia to take part in three free educational seminars regarding Ethical Surrogacy in the United States.

In this two-hour seminar you will hear everything you need to know to move forward in your journey to parenthood through surrogacy. Continue reading

Understanding Different Types of Surrogacy

115621035 WEBSurrogacy involves a woman who carries a child to term and then relinquishes the baby to the intended parent(s) upon delivery. There are two main types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational.

 Traditional Surrogacy

This type is usually the less costly form, however is also less common. The surrogate mother is impregnated with semen from the intended father or sperm donor and uses her own eggs. This means that the surrogate mother is genetically related to the child. The insemination procedure can be conducted at home, using an insemination kit, or can be performed by a fertility clinic. Continue reading

Parenting by Choice, Dr. Bergman Shares her Expertise with Kids in the House

You may know Dr. Kim Bergman as the co-owner of Growing Generations and Fertility Counseling Services but did you know that she writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice?

She is an expert in her field and has taken that expertise to a great website, Kids in the House (kidsinthehouse.com), where she has a series of videos that visitors can view to gather information on various topics associated with assisted reproduction, surrogacy and same sex parenting.

One of Kim’s most popular videos is about Overcoming the challenges of same-sex parenting.

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France & 46 Other Member Nations Must Recognize Parentage in Foreign Surrogate Births, EU Court Rules

In a groundbreaking decision June 26, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in two cases that France must recognize the parental relationship of parents who have genetically related children via surrogacy in other countries.Rich-Vaughn-Blog-French-Surrogacy-Ruling

According to our colleague, French attorney Caroline Mecary, the ruling, which applies to all 47 member nations of the Council of Europe, means that French children born abroad via surrogacy will receive passports and French identity cards and will be able to request certificates of French nationality. Mecary says the adoption of children born of surrogacy by the non-biological parent also is expected to be easier.

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Where did the year go?!

So much has happened during the first half of the year and I’d like to give you an update on what we’ve been up to.

  • Just this month, in time for Father’s Day, three different pieces involving surrogacy hit the web. First, The Desert Sun ran a story (print/online) entitled, “Gay men looking to surrogacy for children”. Growing Generations co-owner Stuart Bell and GG Surrogate Lorisha McFarland were quoted.

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