A Surrogate’s Medical Protocol

84462040Women entering surrogacy are typically placed on a regimen of hormone therapies to aid in preparing the uterus for the embryo transfer and aid in maintaining the pregnancy. Some of the medications you can expect to be on during your medical cycle include:

  • Estrogen- You are likely to be on at least one form of estrogen supplement. This is to build the uterine lining. Common forms include a small oral pill (Estrace) and/or an intramuscular injection (Delestrogen.)
  • Lupron- This medication is given primarily to women who are planning on transferring a fresh embryo as opposed to a frozen one. It is used to help suppress the ovaries while waiting for the transfer.

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Surro-Support For Surrogates

support-for-Growing Generations takes pride in providing comprehensive care and support to our surrogates during every phase of their journey. As part of our commitment to provide that support, surrogates receive monthly links to our “Surro-Support ™” survey.

The survey, completed online, is designed as a way to check in on all areas of the surrogate’s life as it relates to the surrogacy. She’s asked to rate the level of support she is receiving from family, friends, and her intended parents. We will touch base on her emotional health as well as her physical health and give her an open door to reach out to our staff with any concerns or stress she may be experiencing.

 

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Clarifying Surrogacy to Others

Alivia and their bun my ovenOur surrogates tell us they are frequently asked, “How can you just give your baby away?” That sort of question, while most likely asked out of ignorance and honest curiosity with no malice intended, can leave you feeling flustered and at a loss for proper reply.

Remember that you do not have to justify your choices to anyone. If you’re uncomfortable in replying to the question you can simply tell them that you’ll manage that part of your journey as it approaches with the help of those who support you.

If you feel comfortable replying, here are a few angles that can help educate them on the process and understand your choice and mental approach to the birth.

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Encapsulating & Consuming Placenta

Placenta-PillsA current trend in the surrogacy community is for a surrogate to seek the rights to the placenta created as part of her surrogacy for the purpose of encapsulation or consumption.

With potential benefits including a quicker post natal recovery time, fewer instances of the “baby blues”, increased breast milk supply and greater energy reserves, it’s easy to understand why surrogates could be interested in this trend.

There is also a belief that, as the placenta contains high levels certain stress reducing hormones, placenta consumption can equalize a woman’s hormones more quickly after birth.

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Progesterone, a Look at the Oils

progesterone_18105_12_(big)_A surrogate will frequently be prescribed intramuscular injections of progesterone. The hormone is used to help aid in sustaining a pregnancy achieved through IVF and is typically given daily for the first ten to twelve weeks. The progesterone is mixed with an oil to create an injectable compound. There are several different types of oils that can be used for this process. Here’s a breakdown of the most commonly used oils for this purpose.

Ethyl Oleate- This is a type of oil you may not be familiar with. The fatty acid is created by the body when ethanol and oleic acid combine. It is, by far, the thinnest of the oil compounds for intramuscular injection. This allows for a smaller gauge injection needle.

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Easy Conceptions Don’t Always Mean Surrogate Success

erinpic1Plenty of women considering surrogacy assume that having the ability to conceive easily on their own is a surrogate mother prerequisite. In fact, many women desiring to become surrogates tell us their ease of conception is one of the reasons they feel most confident in their ability to conceive as a surrogate. While it can be helpful if a woman was able to easily conceive her own children, it is not necessarily an indication that her body will lend itself well to surrogacy.

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Social Media & the Surrogate

socialmediapicToday’s ever present availability of information on the go keeps most of us on our toes and plugged in at all times. It will be no different for you as you move through your surrogacy journey. While social media sites like Facebook can bring family and friends ever closer together, there are considerations you should make as it relates to your surrogacy before going “Facebook Official.”

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How To Handle Tricky Things Strangers Say to Surrogates

Pregant woman on phone in officeWhile surrogate pregnancies are occurring more often in the public eye, they’re still rarely experienced by the masses. It is very likely that you will be the first, and potentially the only, surrogate that people in your life will ever encounter. This makes you both incredibly intriguing and probably somewhat controversial at the same time. Over the next nine months you’re likely to experience people asking you questions that catch you off guard and struggling for a proper response.

Our surrogates tell us that some of the hardest situations to respond to are those of excessive praise. Most people will find what you’re doing awe inspiring and will want to compliment you. Receiving compliments gracefully is something many surrogates struggle with as most surrogates are not doing this for praise. Continue reading

Four Things That Can Delay Your Surrogacy

breastfeeding-toddlerMaking the choice to become a surrogate can take a lot of time and thought. We know that by the time you make that choice you’re probably ready to move forward quickly. You should note that there are several things that can cause us to have to press pause on your journey. Here are a few of the most common circumstances.

1. Breastfeeding. Make no mistake about this, we love breastfeeding mothers. In fact we find that many of our surrogates are passionate about breastfeeding and mother’s milk. However, we can’t have a potential surrogate progress through screening while she is currently breastfeeding. We encourage you to take your time nursing your child, and enjoy those very special moments. We will be here for you when you’re done. Continue reading

Mandy’s Surrogate Story

20140526_135803In February of 2010 I gave birth to my first daughter. I knew instantly that I wanted to have bunches and bunches of babies. I also knew I didn’t want a huge family. I started pondering whether or not I had what it takes to be a great gestational carrier.

Three years and another baby later it was time for me to make my dream a reality. I did a bit of internet research and ultimately decided to sign on with Growing Generations. Continue reading