While 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
The types of relationships that can come out of a surrogacy relationship are as varied as the people who turn to surrogacy in the first place. While some parties desire an intimate relationship that will last well beyond the birth of your child, others prefer a more subtle relationship with clear boundaries. Most relationships tend to fall somewhere in the middle of this ongoing spectrum.
Growing Generations works hard to match parties based on a variety of factors including the type of relationship each party desires. What is key to remember is that, just as with your real life relationships, surrogate relationships grow best when they’re given room to grow organically. Continue reading
In some cases, intended parents who had a child with the egg provided by a specific donor will want to have an egg supplied by the same donor if they decide to have another child. There’s a lot of good reasons for this—the siblings will be genetically related to each other even more fully than if they just shared the father’s sperm, and as a result, may share some of the same characteristics and medical history.
Growing Generations has found most of its egg donors, if still healthy and in the appropriate age range, are more than willing to provide additional eggs. Continue reading
Making the leap to become a parent through surrogacy comes with a plethora of emotions. You’ll experience everything from joy and doubt to happiness, fear and perhaps most of all, excitement! Now that you’ve taken the first steps towards parenthood it’s highly likely you want to know how long it’s going to be before you could be welcoming your new baby home. Here’s a look at just how quickly things could happen.
1. Consult. The first step is to talk to us. We’ll schedule a time to talk with you about what you want and try to answer any questions you may have. Continue reading
Making 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
Our egg donors are full of heart and provide a gift that is essential in the surrogacy process. What you provide is something so necessary that none of this could happen without you. Here are five reasons to consider donating your eggs with Growing Generations.
1. You get to give life. Plain and simple, you get to create a life and change the lives of those you help. In many cases, without your gift, this option would not be available to them.
2. It honors a memory. Time and time again we hear from our donors that the choice to donate eggs was arrived at after watching a close friend or family member struggle with infertility. Often the complications come after cancer treatments leave the woman with slim or no chance of producing usable eggs of her own. Choosing to donate your eggs to a couple in need, for whatever reason, could serve as a living memorial to someone you’ve known who has struggled with infertility of their own. Continue reading
In 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
Children are full of curiosity, even at a young age. As they grow older, they can ask questions about their birth, which can be a little surprising for the parents. As a parent, you can educate your child on the subject without it being an uncomfortable topic of conversation.
One way to broach the subject, especially with younger children, is through books on the topic. A number of authors have written books specifically for young children to discuss egg donation and surrogacy. The following titles are specific to egg donation. Continue reading
Helping intended parents by becoming a gestational surrogate is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. The support of family and friends makes the journey enriching and a beautiful one, where you feel honored to be part of providing a miracle for intended parents.
When making the decision to become a gestational surrogate, it is important to include your family and children in the pregnancy process. It may help to write down the reasons of why you want to become a surrogate, and articulating those reasons to your family can help them become educated, understanding and supportive. Continue reading
Many gestational surrogates find the experience so rewarding that they are willing to do it more than once. If age and health conditions permit, a second surrogacy can be a wonderful experience. In some cases, the surrogate even acts as a surrogate for the same intended parents, helping them to expand their family. Continue reading