Growing Generations has a firm belief in giving back to the communities we call home. Frequently our staff becomes involved in charitable organizations that impact the communities in which they live. More commonly than not, these organizations provide services or care for families and children. One such organization the Growing Generations is proud to support is the Family Equality Council (FEC).
Founded in 1979 by a small group of gay dads seeking out other gay parents with the intent to form a network of support, today the FEC works with lawmakers to try and secure equal rights for all parents regardless of their sexual orientation. Their mission is to focus on, “Lived and legal equality for all LGBTQ families.”
FDA has created a list of communicable diseases that they require all IVF centers to test for in order to deem a candidate qualified to donate human reproductive tissue, in this case your eggs. Diseases on this list include Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B& C, Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea. The FDA gives IVF clinics the ability to screen for additional diseases at will, so from time to time additional tests may be ordered.
If your STD screening comes back positive for these diseases it can mean a potential end to your journey to egg donation. In other cases this diagnosis will only cause a pause in your donation.
Growing Generations’ co-owner Stuart Bell will participate in a panel discussion on paths to parenthood in July.
The discussion, which weighs the pros and cons of both surrogacy and adoption, will take place Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 1:30-3:30 pm PST and focuses on those who have become parents through both avenues.
Bell, a father through surrogacy, will speak about his experiences.
The panel is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Employee Resource Group. The event will be held live in Los Angeles and live-cast over the Internet to viewing locations in several other FRBSF offices including San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix.
We are pleased to announce details regarding Jessica Junyent’s upcoming trip to France, Italy, and Spain. Jessica will be in Europe from June 15th through June 22nd.
Jessica will be traveling with Dr. Said Daneshmand and Dr. Shapiro holding educational seminars. Dr. Daneshmand and Dr. Shapiro are IVF physicians and practice directors of The Fertility Center of Las Vegas. They will be holding educational seminars on Ethical Surrogacy in the U.S. on June 17th (in Rome), on June 18th (in Madrid), and on June 19st (in Barcelona).
Previously 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.
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.
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 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 →
Surrogacy 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.
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 →