Egg donors are loving, vivacious women. They’re excited by life and tend to take it by the horns and give it all they’ve got. They love a good adventure and value those who use their time productively. While these are all incredible personality traits, they can also be counter-productive when crafting an egg donor profile.
We often run into egg donors who, because they are so excited to help, have a tendency to Continue reading
Difficulty with conception leads many couples to fertility experts every year. Many learn that the issue lies within the female partner’s reproductive system through the presence of endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or other fertility-limiting conditions. But, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the quality of the male partner’s sperm can also play a large role in fertility problems. In fact, the CDC says that 18% of men who seek out fertility help will be diagnosed with Continue reading
According to a Pew Research Study circulated in 2017, about a third of Americans say that they find IVF treatments and surrogacy morally acceptable. Many of those who have ethical issues with IVF treatments claim the foundation of their disapproval lies in religious issues.
According to surveyed religious leaders, the issue arises when Continue reading
Surrogacy is a family-making process that’s growing rapidly. From celebrities to single parents, gay men, and everyday couples, it’s a process that many different types of families are turning to in order to create or grow their families. Perhaps you know someone who has been or has used a surrogate, or maybe you’re just starting to explore the idea on your own. Here’s a look at a few of the first questions that intended parents (that’s you!) tend to have, but may be a bit too timid to ask. Continue reading
Finding and accepting your intended parents (or parent) is such an emotional high in your journey. Putting a name and face to the people you will directly help makes your journey more real. Simply stated, it’s incredibly exciting.
As the days turn into weeks and months, chances are you will begin to develop a relationship with your intended parents. You may even begin to see them as friends. Despite this relationship and potential friendship, sometimes a match needs to be broken. When intended parents request to dissolve a match, it’s common for the surrogate to feel hurt or confused. She often blames herself for having done something wrong, though surrogate fault is rarely the reality of the situation. Here’s a candid look at why, from time to time, an intended parent may request that the match with their surrogate be broken.
Continued research into infertility and the natural ways to remedy it often capture the interest of couples struggling to conceive. Recently, a look at walnuts and their impact on sperm quality in animals has researchers excited about potential breakthrough technology for men struggling with poor sperm quality.
Because walnuts contain the exact same fatty acids found in sperm membranes, researcher set out to determine whether added consumption of these fatty acids could strengthen sperm membranes. The research, completed by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health & School of Nursing, found that Continue reading
In simplest terms, diabetes is heightened insulin resistance. All humans have some level of reaction to insulin, but this resistance changes during pregnancy, and sometimes results in the presence of a form of diabetes that exists only during the pregnancy. The American Diabetes Association admits that the exact cause of gestational diabetes isn’t fully understood, but estimates that as many as Continue reading
First of all, understand that all pregnant women will be tested for gestational diabetes during their pregnancy. Even if they’ve had no prior issues with blood sugar levels in their day-to-day life or in previous pregnancies, they will still be tested during this surrogate pregnancy.
While being a surrogate does not raise the odds of developing gestational diabetes, Continue reading
It’s the moment that becoming an egg donor starts to feel real. Matching with your intended parents will indicate the official start of your donation journey. Often times you will not be aware that your profile is being considered until you receive an Email from us alerting you that intended parents have indicated that they’d like to work with you. Here’s a look at what’s happening behind the scenes while you wait for that phone call. Continue reading
You’ve just had your first ultrasound and everything looks great. In fact, it looks perfect. You saw two heartbeats. Twins! You’re pretty excited, and your intended parents are over the moon. But everyone is telling you to calm down, and not get too excited about twins just yet.
The reason behind the caution is simple. The unfortunate reality is that, with the help of IVF, multiples pregnancies are becoming more and more common. This is, in part, because Continue reading