Most aspiring surrogates are motivated by altruism. Their primary goal is helping others create or grow their own families. Even with these motives, compensation remains a strong consideration among many would-be surrogates. It is normal to compare benefits and compensation from agency to agency as you look for the best fit for you. What you’re likely to find is that comparing benefits isn’t as straightforward as you might think.
Growing Generations is quite proud of our competitive benefits package. We’re also incredibly proud of being one of the only agencies to share their complete benefits package with everyone who requests it, without any commitment or obligation.
While we can’t speak for other agencies, here’s a breakdown of what to expect when you review our benefits package. Continue reading →
I learned about egg donation after a friend of mine told me about her experience being an egg donor. It sounded neat, but I didn’t think about doing it seriously until after I had a child of my own. After starting my own family, I felt I could relate better to those who want their own families. After experiencing the feelings of joy from starting a family, and hearing the good experience my friend had, everything just clicked and I knew I wanted to be a donor.
Honestly, the hardest part was gathering the courage to finally just do it! My husband Continue reading →
Part of your many traditional surrogate benefits packages includes a monthly “allowance.” For most agencies, this begins once you are issued legal clearance and concludes six weeks after the birth of a surrogate child.
You’ve just had your first ultrasound and everything looks great. In fact, it looks perfect. Your surrogate has just been confirmed with two heartbeats. Twins. Two babies. You’re over the moon. But everyone is telling you to calm down, and not start buying everything in duplicate just yet. What gives?
The reason behind the apprehension is simple. The unfortunate reality is that, Continue reading →
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that in 2015, an estimated 6.7 million women aged 15-44 experienced some level of impaired fertility. That’s just over 10% of women in the sampled demographic. Of that, an estimated 6% of women are deemed fully infertile.
Despite the common misconception that infertility is a rare condition that impacts only women, and only due to age, infertility is a problem that causes pain to many families in the United States. Chances are quite high that someone you know is included in these numbers. Continue reading →
You will be entitled to reimbursement for a variety of things during your surrogacy journey. While the entire reimbursement process and covered expenses are outlined in your financial handbook, here is a basic break down of the process for quick reference.
Growing Generations takes great pride in operating with the highest ethical standards possible. It is our goal to ensure that you understand every step of your process and that the only surprises you encounter are happy ones. As a result, we are exceedingly proud to be one of the only surrogacy agencies to share information from our compensation package online, and are happy to answer any questions you may have at any stage of your journey. Continue reading →
The need for a surrogate in a male-male coupling is obvious. The necessity for a surrogate when an intended mother is in the equation is less clear. There are many reasons an intended mother may need the assistance of a surrogate to complete her family. Many of these reasons are deeply personal and rarely discussed openly due to their sensitive nature. One potential reason a woman may need a surrogate is if she is a cancer survivor.
Cancer can most obviously attack a woman’s fertility if the tumors are effecting her reproductive organs directly. Continue reading →
Your surrogate will be on a closely monitored medical protocol for a long time. Beginning roughly a month before your embryo transfer, and lasting many weeks into a confirmed pregnancy, it can feel like she’s taking medications endlessly. We understand that there is some peace of mind that comes with the announcement that she has been released from medications, and that the moment you receive that message is highly anticipated.
In most basic terms, this announcement signifies that doctors believe her body is able to sustain the pregnancy on its own without medical intervention. And that is a really good feeling for any intended parent.
As an egg donor you may find yourself wondering how your eggs will be parented by those who receive them. While most egg donors tell us they don’t feel a maternal attachment to their donated genetics, it’s not unheard of to wonder if the lack of a biological link between child and parent will impact their lives moving forward.
The answer is fairly simple. The lack of a genetic link between parent and child will not play a role in the life of your donated genetics moving forward. Continue reading →