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 these cases the woman may consider using a donor egg or exploring new treatments, such as the AUGMENT treatment offered by GG Panama.
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 →
The term “mosaic” is assigned to an embryo that is found to have both normal and abnormal cells during PGS testing at the 5 day blastocyst stage. In this form of testing, doctors are able to look for and detect, with a high amount of accuracy, the presence or absence of certain genes that may lead to developmental concerns later in pregnancy. For example, tests are often able to detect the presence of an additional copy of chromosome 21, a condition that leads to Downs Syndrome.
In IVF, these tests are generally performed in an effort to transfer only the best quality embryos into an awaiting uterus. With the high costs of IVF treatments and the fact that donor egg cycles often result in more viable embryos than needed, many couples choose to test for abnormalities and then discard any embryos that suggest less-than-optimal chances for implantation. Continue reading →
As science continues to advance and doctors learn more about embryos and IVF technology, we continue to see new terminology and practices in the field. Recent studies conducted by the world’s largest genetic laboratory, Reprogenetics, have introduced the IVF community to a new term and potential game changer in the assisted reproductive technologies world: mosaic embryos.
Mosaic is the term now assigned to embryos found to possess both normal and abnormal cells during preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) testing. Continue reading →
Choosing to donate your eggs means that, very likely, your DNA will ultimately be used in gestational surrogacy. For many young women just getting interested in egg donation, this consideration may conjure images of daytime talk show specials and tabloid cover stories about surrogacy gone wrong. It may even lead to you to doubt that egg donation is something you’d want to be a part of.
Surrogacy is an emerging discipline that pairs the innovation of science with the heart and soul of human compassion. As a result, it is no surprise that the media loves reporting on surrogacy. While many positive surrogacy stories are being shared via the news and across social media, the vast majority of headline grabbing surrogacy stories tend to revolve around cases that have gone astray.
Tubal ligation, commonly known as having one’s “tubes tied” is a common form of permanent birth control in the United States. While the procedure does boast an impressive success rate at avoiding pregnancy in most instances, the procedure has no impact on a woman’s ability to be a successful surrogate. Here’s why.
IVF Technology is an ever-changing and evolving field. As scientists continue to look for ways to improve embryo transfer success and promote more term length pregnancies, the collective knowledge base continues to grow.
In most cases, created embryos are transferred into a waiting uterus between day 3 and day 5 of development. This time frame is carefully chosen to give the embryo the best chance to implant and continue to develop as possible. It has been widely believed that embryos cannot be kept alive outside of the body beyond day seven of development, unless they are frozen and stored for future use.
Researchers in the United Kingdom are challenging this common belief however, Continue reading →
Surrogacy is an emerging discipline that pairs the innovation of science with the heart and soul of human compassion. As a result, it is no surprise that the media loves to report on it. This is an emotional process that highlights the awesome ability of science, the incredible compassion of the human race, and for some, the ethical issues than can arise if this process goes wrong. Continue reading →
Client Development Assistant Kellie Nesbitt has been with Growing Generations since 2015. In her role she interacts with intended parents from their very first contact with GG until the time they retain our services and begin their journey to parenthood. During that time Kellie will help the future intended parents with their retainer agreement and arrange for their initial consultations and appointments. Continue reading →
Erica Bowers, President of Growing Generations, initially joined GG as a Marketing intern in the summer of 2003. It was a choice that would shape her life many times over for years to come. Says Bowers, “I started to look for an internship for the summer and came across an ad that said “Marketing Intern Needed for Gay Surrogacy Agency.” I mean, who wouldn’t be intrigued?! I have a Business Degree with a specialization in Marketing, I’m Bisexual and my Dad is a gay man. The stars aligned and I became aware of something that was never really on my radar before.”