Learning that your embryo transfer did not result in a positive pregnancy test can feel devastating. The doctor said your embryos were perfect, your surrogate’s uterus was perfect, and you were sure the result would be a successful, perfect pregnancy. It is completely normal and understandable to be met with grief, shock, and disbelief when things don’t go as planned. Continue reading
The arrival of your medical and transfer calendar is a big day. It outlines what medications your surrogate will be taking leading up to embryo transfer as well as what day the targeted transfer will take place. Here’s a look at how the process works.
The first thing to understand is that calendars cannot be created until every other requirement has been met by you and your surrogate. All medical tests need to be completed, all accounts need to be adequately funded, and all legal paperwork needs to be finalized. Once all of these have been taken care of, you’ll need to also have decided on an egg donor or, if you’re using your own eggs, and IVF cycle and retrieval date for yourself. Continue reading
Many surrogates will go on to pump breastmilk for the baby they carried once he or she is born. The good news is that, unless you have international intended parents, the breast milk expression does not have to stop once the baby and family return home. Through the use of dry ice and expedited shipping, many surrogates are able to pump and ship breast milk for an indeterminate time. Here’s how it works. Continue reading
Embryos are tiny, delicate things. As such, the transfer process is often conducted with great caution and preparation. This caution can often cause surrogates to be quite concerned about how to best protect the embryo they’ve been entrusted with carrying. It is normal for intended parents to feel some degree of concern, too. In fact, many will raise the question of how secure the embryo is once placed in the uterus, and if it’s possible that the embryo could “fall out.” Continue reading
Many of our US-based Intended Parents choose to have their surrogate continue to express breastmilk for their child long after they’ve returned to their own homes. The beauty of expedited shipping allows surrogates to pump and freeze breastmilk, package it, and have it arrive right on your doorstep before it ever thaws. Utilizing this option allows intended parents to give their child breastmilk and all of the positive benefits that come along with it. Continue reading
Every mom-to-be will be peppered with the same question for nine months straight, “When are you due?” With less than 5% of babies being born on their actual due date, a baby’s birthday is anyone’s guess. New research performed by The March of Dimes offers a hint into just how long an expecting mother, or her surrogate, may be waiting to give birth.
A woman’s jou rney up until transfer day focuses on the development of her lining. Doctors consider how thick it has become, if a triple stripe pattern is present, and if there is any fluid in the uterine cavity. But on transfer day everything shifts. The emphasis now becomes the quality of the embryos. On transfer day you may hear a new term: “Embryo Grading.”
Embryo grading is a tool developed to answer the frequently asked question, “How healthy do the embryos look?” Unfortunately, the answer may as well be delivered in a foreign language. IVF is likely very new to you, and being told that the embryos are a 2.5 may do little to nothing to answer your original question.
Embryo grading is assigned based on several factors, the first being the day in which the grade is given. Grades are typically delivered on either day three or day five of growth. Given the fact that how the embryo is growing differs drastically from day three to day five, the method for grading differs as well.
I am a two time surrogate, meaning I’ve completed two surrogate pregnancies. For me, surrogacy did more than create three new little lives, it completely changed my own life as well.
I knew going into surrogacy that I was going to change a family’s life, but I never imagined how much that act would change mine. That realization came shortly after I delivered my first surro-babes; a set of boy/girl twins. Continue reading
Some women come to Growing Generations with one simple need: a viable egg. Many women are capable of getting pregnant and sustaining a healthy pregnancy, but lack the availability of a viable egg to do this on her own.
In the instance of egg donation, the intended mother would seek an egg donor and then implant the embryo, created from the donated ovum and the sperm of her partner or a sperm donor, into her own uterus. The result would be that the intended mother carries her child herself, although she and the child will share not a genetic link. Continue reading
Once your embryos have been created your first question to the doctor may be, “How good do the embryos look?” The answer you receive is typically referred to as the embryo’s “grade.” For many intended parents, the answer might as well be delivered in a foreign language. IVF is likely very new to you, and being told that your embryos are a 2.5 may not do much to answer your original question.
Embryo grading is determined by several factors, the first being the day in which the grade is given. Grades are typically delivered on either day three or day five of growth. Continue reading