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New Books for Adults and Children About Surrogacy by Dr. Bergman
Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist and co-owner and senior partner of Growing Generations, has written the definitive primer on assisted reproduction, Your Future Family: The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Everything You Need to Know about Surrogacy, Egg Donation, and Sperm Donation). It provides a foundational knowledge of third-party reproduction and includes essential facts […]
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How Surrogacy is Being Normalized
If you are considering working with a surrogate to achieve your dream of having a child, you are definitely not alone. Surrogacy as we know it today has been around since the early 1980s, but its history goes back thousands of years. Over the last 30 years, gestational surrogacy has gained in popularity as in […]
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Egg Donor Requirements
What are the Requirements to be an Egg Donor? When applying to become an egg donor with Growing Generations,  your first step is to answer questions regarding your family and personal health history. All potential egg donors will go through a thorough selection process during which time you will be interviewed by one of our […]
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What You Should Know About Using Donor Eggs
At Growing Generations, we’ve developed a thoughtful and personal egg donation process to provide intended parents and egg donors with a rewarding experience. One of the most common questions we get from intended parents has to do with the connection between the egg donor and child. Will the donor get attached? So, will the egg […]
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How to React to An IVF Failure
The days and weeks following a failed transfer can be a tough time emotionally. It can be difficult to understand how the transfer failed when the embryos and uterine lining looked perfect. While science has evolved to give us incredible insight into pregnancy and IVF technologies, there is still an element of chance. Success rates […]
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Understanding IVF Embryo Development
Did you know your surrogate is already “pregnant” before an embryo transfer even happens? It can be hard to comprehend, but that it is the reality of IVF pregnancies. In a traditional pregnancy, gestational age is determined based on the day of ovulation. Fertilization and implantation of the embryo typically occurs about two weeks later. […]
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Surrogacy Process
What is the Surrogacy Process Like? The surrogacy process takes an average of 14-18 months from the moment you apply to the time of delivery. Surrogacy is a rewarding and fulfilling experience, and at Growing Generations, you will have a dedicated specialist with you every step of the way. Here is a breakdown of what […]
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Genetic Testing and Profiling for Pregnancy
Genetic testing is more popular than ever, and it is done following a simple blood or saliva draw that analyzes the DNA of an individual. Results of the test will show carriers for any potential genetic diseases or disorders, but they are not a diagnostic tool. Being a carrier for any condition does not mean […]
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What is an Ovarian Assessment Report (OAR)?
An Ovarian Assessment Report (OAR) paints a picture of what a woman’s fertility treatment results may look like and helps potential egg donors understand their fertility. The test is performed after a woman provides a simple blood sample at a local lab and checks multiple hormone levels. When compared against her age, these factors will […]
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Becoming a Surrogate Mother for a Cancer Survivor
While it’s clear why gay couples or single men choose surrogacy to help build or grow their families, there are many reasons a heterosexual couples or single women may need the assistance of a surrogate. Some reasons may include: Uterine issues, including extensive fibroids, or uterine scarring Pre-existing health conditions, including heart or kidney issues […]
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Altruistic Surrogacy vs. Commercial Surrogacy
At Growing Generations, we guide surrogates and intended parents through ethical surrogacy to ensure healthy outcomes for our surrogates, intended parents, and their families. The idea that surrogates are uneducated and financially unstable women who are being led into an arrangement that they would not otherwise choose is common. When surrogacy is done properly these […]
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Egg Donation Process
Egg Donor Process and Timeline The egg donation process typically takes 4-6 months from the time you first apply to Growing Generations until you complete your first egg retrieval. Being an egg donor is a truly rewarding experience that takes time and commitment. Each stage of the egg donation process requires a different amount of […]
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Surrogacy Requirements
What are the Requirements to be a Surrogate? Being a surrogate is a life-changing and rewarding experience. If you’re considering becoming a surrogate to help create or expand a family, you may be wondering what the requirements are to become a surrogate. Growing Generations requires that our surrogates meet certain minimum qualifications when it comes […]
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The Cake with a Cherry on Top: A Growing Generations Testimonial
When Bob and Greg made the decision to pursue having a child, life was great. They had fulfilling careers, lived active lives, and traveled a lot. But, all of it was nothing compared to the adventure they began in 2008 that resulted in the birth of their son, Henry, with the help of an amazing […]
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Egg Donor Diversity at Growing Generations
Growing Generations is proud to feature a diverse selection of egg donors across all ethnicities and religions. We always strive to have egg donor profiles that match all intended parents’ needs, whether they are physical, intellectual, cultural, or a combination thereof. However, there are some egg donor ethnicities that are in high demand and short […]
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What is Embryo Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) and What are the Benefits?
Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) is the ability to screen for genetic abnormalities before an embryo is implanted through In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). This type of testing is often recommended because it increases the chance of successfully implanting the best possible embryo (or embryos) for the production of a live birth with a healthy baby. It can […]
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Talking About Infertility With Your Friends and Family
Infertility is a very personal, and often painful, subject for couples having trouble getting pregnant. Communicating this issue with friends and family is sometimes complicated by feelings of inadequacy or shame, when the truth is there’s nothing you or your partner did wrong to find yourself in this situation. Although many friends and family are […]
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What is Ovulation? Everything You Need to Know
What is ovulation? The simple answer to a complicated process is that ovulation is when a mature egg is released from a woman’s ovary. The egg then travels through the fallopian tube where it waits to be fertilized by sperm—and if that happens, it implants itself in the uterus, and a fetus begins to grow. […]
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Taking Medications During the Surrogacy Process
Being a surrogate comes with a lot of responsibility, including taking multiple medications throughout the process – especially during the first one-third of your pregnancy. From pills to shots, these medications are meant to prepare your body for an embryo transfer and mimic the effects of pregnancy on your body. Typically, these medications are started […]
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Understanding Surrogate Pay & Compensation
Most aspiring surrogates are motivated by the goal of helping others create or grow their families. It is understood that compensation plays a role in the decision process for potential surrogates. It is normal to compare benefits and compensation packages from agency to agency as you look for the best fit for you. Growing Generations […]
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Egg Donation and Surrogacy in Dallas, Texas
Individuals and couples in Dallas trust Growing Generations, a full-service surrogacy and egg donation agency, to help build and grow their families. In addition to being the first agency dedicated to serving the gay and lesbian community, our services also assist HIV-positive men. No matter what your family status is now, we are proud to serve all […]
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Surrogacy and Egg Donation in Houston, Texas
Growing Generations, a full-service surrogacy and egg donation agency, has been helping to build and grow families In Texas since 1996. We were the first agency dedicated to serving the gay and lesbian community while providing services for HIV-positive men. We are now proud to help all individuals and couples in the Lone Star State, regardless of […]
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How International Surrogacy Law is Changing
Germany Makes Historic Decision Surrogacy laws vary across not only states but nations. Many intended parents from outside of the United States seek to partner with American surrogates due to restrictions on surrogacy within their home countries. While some countries outright prohibit surrogacy, others ride the fence. In a country with a long history of […]
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How Old is Too Old to Have a Baby?
Women’s Fertility Debate In the United States, women ages 40 to 44 had 114,730 babies in 2017, while women 45 and older had 9,325 babies in the same year, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While many women over the age of 40 are having children, the natural ability […]
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Your Baby’s Growth, Week by Week
In 2017, the popular social media feed Humans of New York featured a gay couple and their son, born through a surrogate. The parents spoke of their love for their child and also shared their feelings about the experience of becoming fathers through gestational surrogacy. Because these fathers had never met their surrogate, they acknowledged […]
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New York Surrogacy and Egg Donation Agency
Helping to build and grow families across the world for more than 20 years, Growing Generations is a full-service surrogacy and egg donation agency with offices in New York, California and West Virginia. Located at 501 5th Avenue, Suite 1900, New York, NY 10017, we were the first agency dedicated to serving the gay and […]
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Los Angeles Surrogacy and Egg Donation Agency
Helping to build families since 1996, Growing Generations is a full-service surrogacy and egg donation agency based in Los Angeles, California. Located at 5900 Wilshire Blvd #550, Los Angeles, CA 90036, we were the first agency dedicated to serving the gay and lesbian community, and to provide services for HIV-positive men. Now, we are proud to help […]
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The Benefits of Egg Donation
Are you trying to decide if you should donate your eggs? While this act of love and kindness takes a significant amount of time and energy, there are many advantages to taking the leap and giving a life-changing gift. Some of the benefits include: Helping Make Dreams Come True: Whether providing eggs for straight or […]
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History of Surrogacy
Milestones in the History of Surrogacy Surrogates have helped build and grow families for centuries–from the ancient Middle East to the royal families of Spain. While the concept has been around for thousands of years, assisted reproductive technologies have changed the surrogate landscape and expanded the definition of what it means to carry a baby […]
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Tips for Meeting Your Surrogate for the First Time
Growing Generations knows the first meeting between a surrogate and intended parent(s) can feel much like a blind date. It’s normal for those on both sides to feel nervous or anxious leading up to the event – whether it’s via videoconference or in person.   Here are some tips for that first of many meetings […]
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5 Things to Look for in a Surrogacy Agency
The surrogacy agency you choose to help build or grow your family through intention is just as important as the surrogate you’re matched with. An agency can be a valuable resource on the journey to becoming a parent.   But even before you begin the process, first decide what type of surrogacy you prefer. If […]
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What to expect when you’re expecting—again!
Almost a year and a half into the life of our son Mateo, my wife and I have learned that: We can get by with minimal sleep; in the realm of baby gadgets, expensive isn’t always better; there has to be a better way of applying sunscreen to a toddler; and, as it pertains to […]
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How to Find an Egg Donor
Selecting an egg donor is an intimate and personal choice that can cause emotional and physical angst for intended parents. But, it is a major milestone in your journey toward building or growing a family. When you’re ready to begin the process, it will be important to consider what characteristics and qualities are most important […]
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Surrogacy Law Overview: Can a Surrogate Keep the Baby?
Over the past three decades, thousands of babies have been born thanks to surrogates in the United States. However, surrogacy laws across states and nations vary, so questions remain over the legal and scientific relationships between surrogates and the children they carry. Growing Generations has helped build families for more than 20 years, and we’ve […]
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What is the Relation Between an Egg Donor and the Child Conceived with Her Egg?
Providing full-service egg donation and surrogacy services since 1996, Growing Generations has spent years working to make it safer, easier and more enjoyable for individuals, couples, surrogates and egg donors interested in this life-changing process. Although the egg donation process is fairly common in today’s society, we commonly receive questions regarding the relation between an […]
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How to Find a Surrogate
Individuals and couples have more than one path to parenthood when it comes to finding a surrogate. While you may try to find a surrogate on your own, you can also turn to an agency to match you with one and guide you through the entire process. Time, money and available resources will help you […]
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How Many Times Can You Donate Eggs For Surrogacy?
Frequency of Egg Donation Many women choose to donate their eggs more than once because they have found the process a highly rewarding experience. Growing Generations has guidelines in place regarding the number of times and how often a woman can donate her eggs to help an individual or couple build or grow a family. […]
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Does Egg Donation Impact Future Fertility?
We’re often asked if donating your eggs impacts your ability to have babies in the future. To get straight to the point: No, donating your eggs does not decrease your chances of getting pregnant. Here’s why: Egg Donation Does Not Impact Egg Supply By the time of puberty, a woman will have about 300,000 eggs. […]
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Understanding Gestational Surrogacy and Its Benefits
What is Gestational Surrogacy? Gestational surrogacy involves in vitro fertilization (IVF) with the eggs of the intended mother or those of an egg donor. This arrangement means that the surrogate mother is not genetically related to the child. Because this method is more complicated medically, it tends to be more expensive but also more effective […]
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Three steps to simplifying your surrogacy process (and enjoying the journey!)
Becoming a parent through gestational surrogacy doesn’t have to be difficult, but it can feel that way as you sort through all the information the internet has to offer. If you love simplicity, this list is for you.   Here are the 3 things every prospective parent should know before having a baby via surrogate. […]
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What You Need to Know About Surrogacy
Becoming a surrogate is a big step. If you are considering taking that step, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have specific questions that are not reflected, feel free to contact us or call us at 323-965-7500.
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Gestational Surrogacy FAQs for Intended Parents
Information online about surrogacy can be confusing and inconsistent. Get the answers to the most common gestational surrogacy questions from the authority on the subject, Growing Generations. If you’re interested in growing your family through surrogacy, you likely have many questions about the surrogacy process and how it works. Here are the questions we hear […]
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Parenting: Don’t Bother Preparing
Plans so often go awry that I’d rather act impulsively and then be delighted rather than plan excessively and then be disappointed. This is why advanced-planning stresses me out. Since parenthood is all about dealing with the unexpected, my lack of preparation sort of suits me.   During our first surrogate pregnancy, “preparing” meant buying […]
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The “Home Stretch” for You and Your Surrogate: Third Trimester Tests
Multiple medical tests and doctor appointments are normal throughout a pregnancy. As your surrogate enters the third trimester of pregnancy, this becomes even more evident. To ease any concerns that arise when the word “testing” is brought up, we’ve compiled a list of typical tests and appointments that may take place during this stage of […]
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Why Surrogacy Age Won’t Impact Success Rates
We understand that most intended parents will have a mental image of the type of woman they want to have as a surrogate long before they are ever presented with a profile to consider. Most IPs envision a young, smart, kind, mother who is fit, beautiful, and fertile. While these things are true of all […]
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3rd Trimester Surrogacy Tests
Third Trimester Tests Welcome to your third trimester! As you enter the “home stretch” of your surrogacy journey, you may be surprised at all the tests your doctor may be suggesting. Chances are you’ve experienced these tests before in your own pregnancies, but if it’s been awhile, it can feel overwhelming. Chances are that there […]
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Future of Fertility: Artificial Sperm & Ova?
Scientists a step closer to mimicking way human body creates sperm Here Comes Artificial Sperm The future of infertility treatment could be positioned for a very sci-fi future, at least according to scientists in London. In early 2018, researchers and scientists spoke at the annual Progress Educational Trust conference stating that they were close to […]
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Common Cures for Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is perhaps the most talked about early pregnancy complication. In fact, some doctors estimate that up to 90% of women will experience some degree of morning sickness during their first trimester. While some women won’t experience it in the slightest, others will have such intense morning sickness that your doctor will need to […]
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Agency Spotlight: Delivering Family Dreams Through Surrogacy and Egg Donation
Growing Generations. It’s more than just a name, it’s our vision and daily mission. That’s why our motto is, “We Deliver: Passion. Dreams. Possibility.” We strive to create families first and then help them grow. Through egg donation and surrogacy, we’re helping to create families of choice. Our clients are people who realize that love, […]
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Assessing Prematurity Risks for Intended Parents
As the birth of your child nears, doctors will begin to pay close attention to your surrogate’s body. While your child is the only one who knows 100% when he or she will be born, there are certain tests that can be done to help doctors get a better sense of if your child will […]
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Understanding Why Your Surrogate May Need a Late Amniocentesis Test
What is an amniocentesis and when is it necessary? An amniocentesis is completed as part of a diagnostic screening to evaluate the risk of a fetus having chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome. Typically, it is only ordered following a poor or inconclusive test result on a triple test, NT scan, or other non-invasive diagnostic […]
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Surviving the 1st Trimester: Common Ailments and How to Cope
    Many women who choose to become surrogates have easy pregnancies with few side effects. While you may have experienced a few common first trimester ailments in your own pregnancies, chances are, they were minor and not disruptive to your life. However, as we know, every pregnancy is different. Here’s a look at the […]
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Social Media Refresher For Intended Parents
As technology changes, it gets more difficult to imagine how our social life functioned before the advent of sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Today’s ever-present availability of information on the go keeps most of us on our toes and plugged in at all times. It will be no different for you as you move […]
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What Intended Parents Should Know About Acupuncture & Pregnancy
Perhaps you’ve read about acupuncture as a means to improve fertility, and are considering asking your surrogate to consent to this treatment. You wouldn’t be the first intended parent to have this request. From time to time, intended parents have asked our surrogates to consider acupuncture as part of their transfer procedure. While not incredibly […]
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Why You May Need a 3rd Trimester Amniocentesis
Most surrogates are at least familiar enough with an amniocentesis procedure to know that it’s typically done in the early second trimester, if needed. This test is typically completed as part of a diagnostic screening to evaluate the risk that a fetus may have chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome. Knowing this, it can be […]
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What is Round Ligament Pain and How to Cope
You’re sitting on the couch when you remember that you were supposed to leave for the bus stop five minutes ago. So you spring to your feet, only to be forced right back down by a stabbing pain near your hip. Probably on the right side. Sound familiar? If so, what you’re most likely experiencing […]
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Why a Single Embryo Transfer May be Better
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5039655/Using-one-embryo-IVF-boosts-odds-healthy-baby.html During your matching phase with Growing Generations, you will discuss whether your surrogate is open to carrying a singleton or a multiples pregnancy. The number of embryos that will be transferred into your surrogate will be decided the day of the embryo transfer after consulting with your IVF doctor. While most doctors prefer […]
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Social Media Refresher For Surrogates
As social media continues to become an increasingly integral part of American society, it’s becoming less and less likely that people remember a time in your life before they had access to these sites. Sites like Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Twitter, and Snapchat make it fast and easy to share our lives with the world with […]
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Acupuncture & Pregnancy: What You Need to Know
From time to time, intended parents ask our surrogates to consider acupuncture as part of their transfer procedure. While not incredibly common, there is some research that suggests a proper fertility acupuncturist may help increase the odds of a successful IVF cycle. Given all the time, money, and hope invested in your transfer being successful, […]
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When & How to Announce Baby News When Using IVF
  The choice of when to share your pregnancy news with those around you is a moment so many parents-to-be dream about for years. When you’re becoming a parent through surrogacy, sometimes this announcement takes on new levels of anxiety and planning. Intended parents often express stress over sharing their news, for fear of how […]
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Egg Donation Timeline Refresher
You’ve decided to become an egg donor! What comes next? When do you start medications? What’s going on behind the scenes? These are all questions we expect you to have, and we are thrilled that you’re so excited to get started. Here’s a bird’s eye view of the entire process, from where you are right […]
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Single Embryo Transfers May Improve Your Pregnancy Chances
    Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5039655/Using-one-embryo-IVF-boosts-odds-healthy-baby.html   During your contracting phase, you will discuss how many embryos you are willing to have transferred into your uterus at a time. While most doctors prefer to transfer no more than two, you should always be aware of how many embryos you do transfer with the knowledge that they could […]
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Erica Horton at the Family Equality Council’s Impact Awards
“Just Your Average American Life” – Erica Horton, Growing Generations President & Partner, speaks at the Family Equality Council’s Impact Awards, held at the Globe Theatre, Los Angeles, March 17, 2018. About The Impact Awards: Family Equality Council’s Impact Awards are a celebration of LGBTQ families, and the people and organizations that have made an […]
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Announcing Your Surrogacy News: A Word of Advice
The choice to become a surrogate is overwhelmingly exciting! It’s not unusual to be very excited to share your news with your friends and family. In fact, the choice to become a surrogate is rarely one that you can keep 100% secret, as you’ll find that you may need to rely on friends or family […]
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What Intended Parents Should Know About Amniocentesis
One thing we will ask you to consider in the early stages of your surrogacy with Growing Generations is your opinion on an amniocentesis procedure. This is just one of many new vocabulary words you’re likely learning, and you may feel unsure about what it is or how you should feel about it. What is […]
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Social Media Etiquette For Egg Donors
As social media continues to become an integral part of American society, it’s becoming more and more likely that you may not remember a time in your life before you used these sites. Sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat make it fast and easy to share our lives with the world with just a […]
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What Surrogates Should Know About Amniocentesis
  Although it is not likely to be a part of your journey, you will be asked in your matching phase how you feel about a procedure called amniocentesis. Many surrogates have never had this procedure previously, and they are unsure about what it is or how they should feel about potentially needing one. Let’s […]
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What You Should Know About NICU Stays After Surrogacy
When your surrogacy journey ends with an extended hospital stay it can feel overwhelming and emotionally draining. This may be a challenging way to enter into your parenthood journey, but parenthood is rarely a smooth experience. We have faith that you can navigate this first hurdle. Here’s a look at what to expect, and how […]
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Additional Hospital Recovery Time for Surrogates: What to Expect
  The need for additional hospital recovery time can be emotionally draining. It’s not common for our surrogates to experience extended hospital stays, but when it is needed, a little education and reassurance about what to expect can greatly help ease any potential stress or anxiety. Extended hospital stays can happen before or after the […]
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Purchasing Breastmilk from Milk Banks: What You Should Know
Quite often our surrogates are willing and able to express breast milk for your new child. When this happens, it can be a beautiful thing for everyone involved. However, pumping breastmilk can be physically and emotionally demanding, and sometimes a woman is ready to get back to her normal life without the added obligations of […]
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What Surrogates Need to Know About Medications Before Sending or Donating Breastmilk
Choosing to donate breastmilk to the child you delivered as a surrogate is an incredible gift. However, you should note that many medications can cross into your breastmilk supply, and thus, into the baby’s digestive system. While any medication that enters your bloodstream will most likely wind up in your breastmilk, different drugs metabolize differently […]
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Breast Milk & Medication: What You Need to Know
In many cases, our surrogates are willing and able to express breast milk for your child following the birth. This is an incredible gift, as breast milk provides antibodies that can help your child’s immune system in the first weeks of life as well as provide incredible nutrition. While breast milk is not mandatory to […]
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New Research On The Kisspeptin Hormone for Egg Donation
Many women considering egg donation have one chief concern, “Will the medications hurt, or cause unpleasant side effects for me?” While for most women the answer is, “probably not,” some women will find that they are more prone to developing a condition called Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome, or OHSS. The condition is quite rare among […]
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Why Tinder-Like Matching Apps are Bad for Surrogacy
Not too long ago, agencies or surrogacy classified boards were about the only options surrogates and intended parents had for finding one another. But the Internet and mobile data have changed the way we live. Today people are able to shop for homes, book travel, order dinner, and pay their bills all without even leaving […]
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Explaining Safe Drugs During Pregnancy
No one likes to be sick. When your surrogate comes down with a cold while she’s pregnant, however, it can cause a handful of emotions for you, too. You’re worried about what medication she’ll need to recover, how they’ll impact the baby, and of course, you want her to feel healthy and happy again as […]
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Donating Breast Milk to Milk Banks: What You Should Know
While many intended parents welcome the idea of receiving breast milk from their surrogate, this arrangement is not ideal for everyone. Some parents won’t want to receive milk from their surrogate for a variety of reasons and sometimes supplying the milk or getting it to the parents is logistically impossible. We find that many surrogates […]
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Singapore Gay family facing discrimination over their child born through surrogacy in the U.S.
Recently, a judge in Singapore ruled that a gay man cannot legally adopt his own biological child because surrogacy and any type of assisted reproduction is not allowed for single people or gay people.  You can read the article about the discriminatory comments that she made in the link below.  This has sparked a great […]
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US Fertility Rates Plummet in 2017
Source: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/u.s.-fertility-rate-plummets-to-new-record-low According to studies presented by The Population Research Institute, the birth and fertility rate in the US is currently at an all-time low. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is the department within the CDC that tracks US birthrate. In 2016, the CDC reported that the birth rate had bottomed out at […]
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OTC Medication Safety During Pregnancy
Having a cold is no fun when you’re not pregnant and incredibly frustrating when you are. You go from simply feeling bad to feeling bad and confused about what you can do to cope with it. In most cases, a simple head cold, case of indigestion, or low-grade fever would warrant only a quick trip […]
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How Carrot Can Help You Fund A Family Of Choice
  As the stigma following infertility continues to crumble, more and more Americans are looking for ways to build families of choice. While some larger, more progressive thinking companies are starting to offer infertility benefits (or even just insurance plans that allow for infertility treatment options), most companies are still lacking in this area of […]
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Long-Term Health Effects of Egg Donation
A major concern of potential egg donors and their families is the long-term health impact of egg donation. A common misconception of egg donation is that the hormones given to potential egg donors to stimulate their reproductive systems could lead to the development of cancer later in life. We want to start by making this […]
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Surrogacy Doesn’t Commoditize Women. Here’s Why.
The idea that surrogates are uneducated, financially unstable women who are being led astray into an arrangement that they would not otherwise choose for themselves is an irksome misconception about surrogacy that we hear all of the time. Many who believe this line of thought argue that surrogacy commoditizes women as purchasable items as opposed […]
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What is VBAC and How to Know If You’re a Candidate
The rate of cesarean deliveries has been on a constant upswing in the United States for decades. As recently as 2005, the Centers for Disease Control reported that more than 25% of all births in the United States came by way of C-Section deliveries. Despite this, popular opinion is beginning to move back towards more […]
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All About Our Surrogate Support Facebook Group
One of the best things about being a Growing Generations’ surrogate is the league of incredible women that you’ll be introduced to along the way. These women, who often call themselves “surro-sisters,” are other GG surrogates. They may be currently pregnant, waiting to become pregnant, or experienced surrogates. Together, this community of women can offer […]
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8 Things First-Time Egg Donors Don’t Expect
The day you decide to become an egg donor is an exciting milestone in your life. From this stage forward, you are forever changed. The change is not outward, strangers won’t notice it on the street, but as our donors tell us, becoming an egg donor changes lives. You have probably already accepted the fact […]
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Surrogacy Doesn’t Commoditize Women. Here’s Why.
It’s an irksome misconception about surrogacy that we hear all the time. The idea that surrogates are uneducated, financially unstable women who are being led astray into an arrangement that they would not otherwise choose for themselves is not as not as uncommon as one might think. Many who believe this argue that surrogacy commoditizes […]
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News on Aging’s Effects on the Reproductive System
When it comes to fertility, the ugly truth is that maturity is not our friend. While many areas of an adult’s life hit their stride as a person ages, the exact opposite is true of our reproductive systems. Most women are aware that the odds of becoming pregnant and carrying a successful pregnancy decrease as […]
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Elevated Glucose: It’s Nothing Your Surrogate Did Wrong
    Learning that your surrogate’s initial glucose tolerance test came backelevated is a conversation that no intended parent hopes to have during their journey. Your initial reaction is probably surprise, “She’s never had THAT in her history!” That shock may lead to confusion, “What does this mean for the pregnancy?” and even anger, “What […]
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How to Best Use Our Referral Program
As you may know, Growing Generations offers an incredible referral bonus to those sending us approved surrogate applicants. You can earn up to $1,000 as well as entry into quarterly drawings for even more prizes. Since we’re always in the market for incredible women who have the heart to help create families, this program is […]
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State Laws & Surrogacy- Understanding Parental Rights
Surrogacy is surging in popularity. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), there were just over 2,800 births via surrogacy in 2015. Compared to the 738 surrogate births reported just 11 years earlier, there is little doubt that families of choice are becoming a more accepted and accessible path to parenthood across the […]
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Understanding our Referral Program
Some of our best surrogates come to us after watching someone they know complete a journey with us. We believe that helping a woman have an enjoyable, fulfilling surrogacy experience is the best marketing tool there is. That’s why we’ve developed our surrogate referral system. Our program seeks to reward you for helping us find […]
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Reaching Out; Tips on Planting a Great Relationship with your Surrogate
The relationship between a surrogate and her intended parents is one that has the potential to be incredibly special. With that said, almost all relationships between the surrogate and intended parent will start with some awkwardness. Working with a person previously unknown to you to accomplish something so intimate is generally unfamiliar. Embracing this reality […]
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Surrogacy & Parental Rights Laws by State
More and more women like you are choosing to become surrogates. As a result, surrogacy is surging in popularity. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), there were just over 2,800 births via surrogacy in 2015. Compared to the 738 surrogate births reported just 11 years earlier; there is little doubt that families […]
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Avoiding Incurable Infertility in Men
As researchers continue to look into the causes of infertility in men, doctors in Germany have stumbled across what could seem an unlikely culprit; inflammatory infections of the urinary tract. Researchers say upwards of 10% of male infertility could be the result of acute inflammatory urogenital reactions. These infections, which are not always transmitted sexually, […]
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Considering Surrogacy? Consider This First
Using a surrogate to help create or grow your family is a big deal. Besides putting the ultimate trust in another human being, there are also major fiscal and legal considerations to contemplate before taking the plunge. Here are a few things you should contemplate before considering surrogacy.   State Laws Working with an agency […]
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Employment with Growing Generations
Growing Generations is an organization passionately dedicated to the vision of creating life and, in the process, changing the world. The companies’ mission is simple – to build families of choice around the world through surrogacy and egg donation. The company is a recognized leader in providing services to a wide range of family types […]
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5 Newer Obscure IVF Treatments
As science continues to evolve and create ever more successful ways of treating infertility, it can be exciting to look into treatments that may be the future of growing families. New ideas are being researched every day. From things as simple as squeezing an embryo to see how resilient it is, to methods looking into […]
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How Long Does It Take to Find a Surrogate
Waiting to be matched with your surrogate can be an exciting time. It can also make intended parents quite anxious as every day can feel like a month. We get it. You’ve made the choice to use a surrogate, taken the plunge, and want to run forward at the speed of light. Even so, we […]
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PCOS & Infertility Treatments
Researchers spent two years following adolescent girls diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and made some exciting discoveries that could impact the future of how this fertility-limiting disease is treated. PCOS is characterized by an overproduction of the hormone androgen in the body. The result is an excess of mid-section fat, unwanted body hair in […]
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Sperm’s Mobility & The Female Reproductive System
In order for fertilization to happen, the sperm has to complete a gargantuan swim that, if completed, is a miracle in itself. The route is so cumbersome that, of the 200-600 MILLION sperm released in a typical male ejaculate, only a select few will ever reach the waiting egg. Of those few, only one will […]
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Surrogacy Without Celebrity: What it’s Really Like
Surrogacy stories are storming the internet as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West prepare to welcome their fourth child by way of a surrogate. For most of us, the idea of allowing another person to carry our child is wildly foreign and something only available to celebrities. But the truth is surrogates are everyday women working […]
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Why Vitamin D Matters For Surrogacy & Pregnancy
One of the tests that you’ll have completed during your journey is a Vitamin D screening. This screening, completed by a simple blood test, is something that you’ll do in your own hometown (or at least close by) prior to being flown to California for your in-person screenings. If your results come back low, you […]
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Cutting Edge IVF Procedures
Medical science continues to evolve and discover ever more effective ways to increase the odds of becoming pregnant through InVitro Fertilization (IVF). The result is cutting-edge procedures like “mini-IVF,” which is a milder stimulation protocol. What does it mean for your family building journey? Take a look.
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Travel Requirements for Egg Donors
The opportunity to travel as part of your egg donation journey can be exciting, but it can also feel overwhelming. With that in mind, we wanted to share a few of the details about what you can expect when it comes to required travel during your donation journey. Many women considering egg donation come to […]
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What to Expect from a Gestational Diabetes Test
What is Gestational Diabetes? In simplest terms, diabetes is heightened resistance to insulin, a hormone that stabilizes blood sugar levels. All humans have some level of reaction to insulin, but this resistance changes during pregnancy. Researchers don’t know why, but sometimes this change results in the presence of gestational diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that […]
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5 IVF Treatments You’ve Never Heard Of
As science continues to evolve and create ever more successful ways of treating infertility, it can be exciting to look into treatments that may be the future of growing families. New ideas are being researched every day. From things as simple as squeezing an embryo to see how resilient it is, to methods looking into […]
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The Top 6 Myths About IVF Surrogacy & Adoption
Statistics show that as many as one in every eight couples struggles with some form of infertility. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines infertility as, “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.” There can be many causes […]
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Cutting Edge IVF Procedures for Egg Donors
Medical science continues to evolve and discover ever more effective ways to increase the odds of becoming pregnant through InVitro Fertilization (IVF). The result of their breakthroughs are advances that could greatly impact your choice to become an egg donor. Take a look.
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One Million Babies Born From IVF
As Growing Generations nears and crosses the 2,000 birth threshold, it’s interesting to take a look at just how many babies have been born in the United States as a result of IVF Treatments. A report released in 2017 states that as of 2015, more than one million babies had been born through the use […]
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Coming to Terms With Surrogacy
The choice to create or grow your family with a surrogate can be an emotional challenge. For women specifically, the idea that you need to depend on another woman to help bring your child into this world can be a struggle. With a little positive self-talk and reflection, however, you may begin to see surrogacy […]
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Why Egg Donors Should Take Their Time On Their Profiles
The Importance of Your Egg Donor Profile During your admissions process, you’ll be asked to complete your donor profile and video. This is the information that is posted on our database for prospective parents to review and select their perfect donor. Your profile consists of your educational history, medical history (mental health, reproductive health, etc.), […]
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New Tips for Improving Male Fertility
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 […]
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Religion & Infertility
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
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Things You Wanted to Know About Surrogacy, But Never Asked
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 […]
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Why Do Intended Parents Request Rematches?
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 […]
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Walnut Enriched Diet May Improve Sperm Quality
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 […]
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What is Gestational Diabetes?
In simplest terms, diabetes is heightened resistance to insulin, a hormone that stabilizes blood sugar levels. All humans have some level of reaction to insulin, but this resistance changes during pregnancy – sometimes resulting in the presence of gestational diabetes (also known as diabetes during pregnancy) in surrogates. In fact, the American Diabetes Association estimates […]
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Surrogate Glucose Test During Pregnancy
All pregnant women will be tested for gestational diabetes during their pregnancy, and it is no cause for alarm. 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 a surrogate pregnancy. While being a surrogate does not raise the […]
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Egg Donor Matching Process
It’s the moment that becoming an egg donor starts to feel real. Matching with your intended parent(s) leads to the official start of your egg donation journey. The matching process at Growing Generations consists of these main components: the application, matching, screenings, and egg retrieval. Application After taking a quick online survey to determine if […]
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Hormone Levels Can Predict Changes in Pregnancy
Science is telling women to “chill out” if they want to get pregnant. Research published in early 2017 showed that women with the hormone Cortisol, more commonly known as the stress hormone, present in their hair were 1/3rd  less likely to become pregnant than
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Explaining The FDA’s Medication Grading For Pregnant Women
  It is never much fun to be sick, but to come down with a cold while you’re pregnant is downright frustrating. Apart from feeling poorly, your options for over the counter treatment are limited. Here’s a look at how the FDA classifies different drugs during pregnancy.  
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What is Vanishing Twin Syndrome?
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. […]
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What is an ERA?
A failed transfer can be incredibly disappointing and confusing. News that the transfer did not result in a pregnancy is difficult to understand, especially when your surrogate’s progress looked great, the embryos looked great, and the transfer went off without a hitch. The truth is,
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When The Relationship With Your IP Isn’t Working
Most women who choose to become surrogates are motivated by altruistic motives and the desire to help someone else grow a family. While they may not realize it at the onset, it is incredibly common to also have some level of expectation that a friendship will develop between the intended parents and the surrogate as […]
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The “Ideal” Sperm for IVF
Researchers in Alabama are taking a closer look at sperm as they continue to strive towards more effective infertility treatments. As it currently stands, most reproductive endocrinologists are only able to look at sperm for core factors- things like the amount of sperm present and the speed at which they swim. But this research would […]
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Understanding Gestational Diabetes
All pregnant women will be tested for gestational diabetes during their pregnancy. Even if you’ve had no prior issues with blood sugar levels in your personal pregnancies you will be tested during your surrogate pregnancy. You may be surprised to find that your sugar levels are elevated. While being a surrogate does not raise the […]
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What Intended Parents Should Know About Gestational Diabetes
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 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 […]
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What to Expect At Your Surrogate Ultrasound
As you’ve likely already gathered, your surrogate pregnancy means a lot of additional attention from doctors. You’ve already had weekly appointments to monitor your uterine lining and blood hormone levels, and now that you’re pregnant, you’re about to have your first of what is likely to be several ultrasound scans. The first ultrasound is such […]
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Is IVG The Successor to IVF?
The future of IVF could mean that there is no longer a need for sperm or egg in order to create an embryo. This new technology is called In Vitro Gametogenesis, or IVG, and has already been successfully used in mice. In that experiment, a baby mouse was created from DNA taken from skin cells, […]
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Advanced Maternal Age: Why Egg Donors Age Out
Becoming an egg donor is an incredible opportunity to change your life and the lives of those who will receive your eggs. It is an empowering, fulfilling thing to do, and we are so thrilled every time a woman reaches out to us to express interest in becoming an egg donor in our program. Unfortunately, […]
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When will My Period Return After a D&C or Miscarriage?
The time following a miscarriage or dilation and curettage (D&C) can be both physically and emotionally challenging. It is crucial that you are attuned to your body’s health and response over the next several weeks as it outlines how you are recovering and what your next steps in surrogacy will be. In general, doctors will […]
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Traveling with Surrogacy Medications
Most surrogates will need to travel away from their hometown in order to complete their embryo transfer. For the majority of surrogates this means that you will need to travel by air with your surrogacy medications- a reality that can cause you more than a little stress if you’re unclear on how best to manage […]
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Why Social Apps Aren’t Great for Finding Surrogates & Donors
Technology has changed the way we live. You can shop for homes, book travel plans, order dinner, and pay your bills all without leaving home. Then there are the dating sites that make it easy to browse for a mate simply by “swiping right” when someone catches your eye. This phenomenon has now gone beyond […]
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Why Is the Age of an Egg Donor So Important
When sorting through the database of potential egg donors, it’s not hard to notice that there is one thing that they all have in common. They’re all young. This is not because of vanity or coincidence, it’s a deliberate choice. While most people understand that fertility works best in a woman’s youth, they may not […]
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Ways to Induce Labor In the Surrogacy Process
As your child’s due date draws near, your surrogate and her care provider may start talking about the potential need or desire for inducing labor. While some intended parents desire an induced labor so they can have better odds at being present at the time of birth, most doctors and hospitals have policies about when […]
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Daylight Savings Time May Impact IVF Success
The ever-changing field of IVF means that new research is being conducted daily, and that it often leads to new discoveries about how to improve the odds of success with fertility! In February of 2017 a study was released that showed a link between IVF success and daylight savings time (DST). The study, conducted by […]
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When Will My Period Return Post Partum
The return of your period, or menses, following the birth of a child is an event that is unique to each delivery. What you may have experienced with your own children could differ completely from your experience as a surrogate. It is unlikely that you will be able to predict when your body ovulates or […]
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All About The Journey Through Egg Donation | Growing Generations
If you are considering in vitro fertilization and you have a reason to suspect that the procedure might be challenging because of your past history or present medical situation, there is an option. Choosing to go with an egg donor provides you with the opportunity to conceive and carry your baby via IVF by providing […]
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Preparing for Housekeeping During Surrogacy
Another perk available to our surrogates is access to funds to employ a housekeeper for your home. While these funds are not explicitly identified in your benefit package, there is certainly the intention for your compensation to cover the costs of additional housecleaning assistance. Growing Generations used to offer a specific line item expense in […]
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Why “Tinder” for Donors is a Bad Idea
Technology has changed the way we all live. You can shop for homes, book travel, order dinner, and pay your bills all without even leaving your couch. And, of course, there are dating apps. They make it very easy to browse people allowing you to “swipe right” when someone catches your eye. The swiping phenomenon […]
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Understanding Surrogate Compensation & Pay
Most aspiring surrogates are motivated by altruism and the goal of helping others create or grow their families. It is understood that compensation plays a role in the decision making process for potential surrogates, and it is normal to compare benefits and compensation packages from agency to agency as you look for the best fit for […]
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Donor Diaries: Amanda
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 […]
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Rethinking Monthly Expenses
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. But we’re not most agencies.
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What is Vanishing Twin Syndrome?
You’ve just had your first ultrasound and everything looks healthy. In fact, you saw two heartbeats. Twins! You’re pretty excited, and your intended parents are over the moon. But, everyone is telling you not to get too excited just yet. Why? Many pregnancies that appear as twins or more at the six-week mark may appear […]
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National Infertility Week History
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 […]
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Understanding Surrogacy Reimbursements
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. What is Covered For the most part, reimbursements will apply to
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Transparency in Surrogate Compensation
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 […]
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Fertility & Cancer: Why Your Help is Needed
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 […]
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When is my Surrogate Released From Meds?
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 […]
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How Your Donated Genetics Will be Parented
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 […]
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Surrogate Stories: Danielle
  Watching my cousin struggle with fertility was heartbreaking. Fertility came so easily to me, and watching her miscarry time and time again really kind of made me mad. I felt like she deserved to be a parent so much. Before I even knew what surrogacy was, I offered to carry her child. It wound […]
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How Your Transfer Date is Determined
The arrival of your medical and transfer calendar is a big day. It outlines what medications you’ll take leading up to your embryo transfer as well as what day your targeted transfer will take place. However, many surrogates find themselves confused as to what takes so long to create this calendar. Here’s a look at […]
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Six Things Not to say to Someone Living With Infertility
It is our belief that very few people are outwardly mean or seeking to offend or hurt those around them. Even so, and especially in situations that are difficult emotionally, people will often make comments from a place of ignorance and with the best of intentions that wind up being unintentionally hurtful. With that in […]
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Fertility & Cancer: Why Your Eggs are Needed
Women may need the help of an egg donor for a number of reasons. While most donors understand that poor egg quality or advancing age of the intended mother are common contributors, many others may not realize that a cancer survivor may need the help of an egg donor. The most obvious way that cancer […]
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How to React to a Failed Transfer
The days and weeks following a failed transfer can be a tough time emotionally. It can be difficult to understand how the transfer failed when the embryos looked great and your uterine lining was perfect. While science has evolved to give us incredible insight into pregnancy and IVF technologies, there is still an element of […]
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Parenting a Child Conceived Through Donated Genetics
As you prepare to embark upon your egg donation or surrogacy journey, it is incredibly common to question how your family will function once your new baby arrives. Pondering the potential connection with a child that does not share your genetics is an emotional hurdle many intended parents must face before they move forward. Understand […]
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Italian Fathers Granted Parental Rights
In a landmark decision, an Italian court has legally recognized two men as the fathers of children born via surrogacy. It’s promising news for same sex couples in Italy who wish to become parents as the case marks the first time two men have been able to claim parental rights to the same child. The […]
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Creative Ways to Fund Surrogacy
RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, reports that one in 8 U.S. couples of childbearing years will experience some level of infertility in their quest to create a family.  Add to that the rising costs of infertility testing, diagnosis, treatment and In Vitro Fertilization and it starts to become clear why more and more couples are […]
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Yeast Infections in Surrogacy
Yeast infections are common and impact millions of women every year. Even so, many women will experience their first yeast infection, or potentially her first outbreak of several yeast infections, during her surrogacy journey. According to the American Pregnancy Association, the second trimester of pregnancy represents the time in a woman’s life where she is […]
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What is Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome?
Beginning to take charge of your fertility means exploring all of the things that could be causing you hardship in attaining pregnancy. One of those things is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, PCOS for short. An incredibly common affliction of American women, some doctors estimate up to 10% of all American women suffer from PCOS. Doctors estimate […]
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About PCOS & Surrogacy
Many surrogates find themselves wondering why their intended mother needs their help. One potential cause stems from prolonged or advanced Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, PCOS for short. This condition is actually quite common. Doctors estimate that as many as 10% of all American women in childbearing years suffer from the condition, and suggest that as many […]
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How to React After a Failed Transfer
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 […]
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Along for the Ride: A Birth Story
Well, we did it! The ride is over, folks! And two perfect little babies are now in the arms of their adoring parents because of this ride. Here’s a look at our birth story. We started watching my blood and laboratory panels around 37 weeks as a precaution. We had no reason to do this […]
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How Your Medical & Transfer Calendars Are Made
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 […]
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How to Ship Breastmilk: A Guide for Surrogates
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, […]
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Along for The Ride: Packing for the Hospital
  Packing for the birth of a surrogate child is vastly different from packing fr the birth of your own child. It’s kind of silly, isn’t it? I mean, not much has changed. You’ll still show up at the hospital in “I don’t care WHAT I forgot to pack” condition, you’ll still have the baby, […]
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Can Embryos Fall Out After Transfer?
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, […]
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What to Expect When Having Breastmilk Shipped
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 […]
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Does Height Impact Gestation Length?
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 […]
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Understanding Embryo Grading For Surrogates
A woman’s journey 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 […]
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Surrogate Stories: Jessica
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 […]
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The Realities of Parenthood Via Egg Donation: Will the Baby Feel Like Mine?
Many women are capable of getting pregnant and sustaining a healthy pregnancy, but they lack the availability of a viable egg to have a baby on their own. That’s why some of these intended parents turn to Growing Generations: to find a viable egg. Other individuals and couples seek help with the entire process of […]
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Understanding Embryo Grading for Egg Donors
Once your egg retrieval is complete, it is quite possible that you walk out the clinic and never know what becomes of the eggs you donated. For other egg donors, however, the burning desire to understand what happens next leads to questions about the remainder of the eggs’ development. Once the embryos are created, doctors […]
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Understanding Embryo Grading for Intended Parents
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 […]
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Should You Consider Using Mosaic Embryos?
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 […]
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What Are Mosaic Embryos?
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 […]
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What the Media Mistakes About Surrogacy
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 […]
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Surrogacy After Tubal Ligation (Tubes Tied)
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.
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New Study Promotes IVF Success Rates
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 […]
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What the Media Gets Wrong About Surrogacy
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 […]
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Meet GG: Kellie Nesbitt
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 […]
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Staff Feature: Erica Horton
Erica Horton, 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 Horton, “I started to look for an internship for the summer and came across an ad that said “Marketing Intern Needed […]
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How Are Embryos Frozen?
Egg retrieval, embryo creation, embryo transfer. These are the parts of the embryo process that most surrogates are familiar with. It is not at all uncommon for more embryos to be viable for use than are needed. The result is that these embryos are often frozen and kept for potential future transfers. Understanding what goes […]
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Surrogate Stories: Marissa
My choice to become a surrogate predates not only the births of my own children, but also my marriage! When I was about 18 or 19 I saw a documentary on surrogacy. It was so moving! It touched something in my heart and in my soul and I just knew that one day I would […]
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Staff Feature: Christa Wensel
Christa Wensel is an egg donor specialist who also works with intended parents who do not need a surrogate. She started with Growing Generations in 2015, and interacts with clients starting from their first interaction with GG. Christa is responsible for reviewing egg donor applications, completing consult calls, and managing donor cases through their selection […]
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How to Make Your Surrogate Profile
The matching phase is one of the most exciting times in your surrogate journey. Many surrogates have long dreamed of the individuals they will help become a family and are very excited to move through the profile exchange process. We are often asked about what elements should be included in the profile you create. Here […]
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Why We Need Your Insurance Information
During your initial application and screening process we will be asking you for a lot of information. Part of this process involves you granting us access to your insurance information, typically by providing us with your online insurance login and password. We understand that being asked to share this information can seem scary, and that […]
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Why Surrogate Specific Insurance is Needed
It is not uncommon for your personal health insurance policy to cover your surrogate pregnancy. Choosing to use your own health insurance for surrogacy represents many benefits including a significant cost savings to your intended parents. If you choose to use your personal insurance for your journey, you will still be asked to fill out […]
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Surrogate Stories: Toni
I am a three time surrogate. I’ve brought 4 little lives into this world and, as beautiful as my first two journeys were, I want to talk about my last one; my swan song. I was having a bit of a challenging time finding a new family to help, after working with the same family […]
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Staff Feature: Mark Schiff
  Mark Schiff is a Clinical Specialist who has a long history with Growing Generations. Originally a member of several GG departments including operations, case management, and finance for a little over six years, Mark took a sabbatical from GG in 2011 in order to complete his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. 
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Along for the Ride: Glucose Testing
Around 26 weeks gestation every single pregnant woman ever to live must submit to the form of torture known as the gestational glucose tolerance testing. This ancient form of torment includes stomaching a 10 ounce bottle of sugary sweet syrup in under 5 minutes (chug, chug, chug!) and then keeping it down for an hour. […]
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Benefits of the ACA for Surrogates
Some surrogate applicants will be asked to apply for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during their application period. More commonly referred to as “Obama-Care”, the Affordable Care Act is a great alternative for surrogates who either do not have personal insurance or who have personal insurance that does not cover surrogate pregnancies.
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Surrogate Insurance
Once you’ve progressed through the initial application process you will begin working on what we call the paperwork phase. The process involves gathering and submitting paperwork We will need to secure that you either have, or are able to obtain, insurance prior to being issued full clearance to proceed. Part of this process means taking […]
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Staff Feature: Vanessa Leon
Vanessa Leon, Director of Strategic Development at Growing Generations, has been with the company since 2004! In her current role, Vanessa works with the sales team to analyze data and discuss strategies and tactics designed to meet goals. She also works with many other departments to ensure that all operations run smoothly throughout the company. […]
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Which Doctor Will I Use for Surrogacy?
Often surrogates are curious which doctor they’ll be paired with for their journey. Ultimately, the doctor that you will work with is chosen long before you receive the profile of the intended parents that you will be helping. When intended parents retain Growing Generations for surrogacy, they will have the option to either continue working […]
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Understanding Embryo Aging
With the help of modern science, you can technically be “pregnant” long before your embryo transfer. This can make understanding your due date and weeks of gestation very confusing. Here’s a breakdown to help you understand how embryo aging and dating of your pregnancy works.
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How To Get Your Medical Records
Part of your application and screening process includes acquiring and sending paperwork to us, though much of this process is now done via Email. As part of this process, you will need to acquire your previous pregnancy related medical records. Obtained from your OBGYN, these records help our doctors get a full look at how […]
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Along for the Ride: Viability
This pregnancy is just moving right along! We’ve hit week 25, and the official point of viability. It’s kind of a big deal. Viability means that, from this point forward, the twins have a greater chance at survival than non-survival should they be born. Their odds at life improve daily from this point until the […]
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What the Media Gets Wrong About Surrogacy
Gestational surrogacy pairs the innovation of science with the heart and soul of human compassion to help all people-from everyday people, to celebrities and politicians who are seeking to build or grow a family. Stigmas surrounding surrogacy have declined dramatically thanks to positive news stories in the media and famous personalities who have been willing […]
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Surrogate Stories: Trisha
My decision to explore surrogacy was twofold. When my husband and I decided to try for our first baby, I didn’t get pregnant as quickly as I thought I would. I ended up getting pregnant after trying for almost a year, but I’ll be honest, I was getting nervous that it wasn’t going to happen […]
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How are Embryos From Your Eggs Frozen?
The goal of an egg retrieval is to create as many viable embryos as possible. The reality is that even if an egg retrieval leads to 30 viable embryos, a standard embryo transfer into an intended mother or surrogate consists of just one or two embryos. Following an egg retrieval, lab technicians will attempt to […]
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Can I Be A Surrogate if I Have an IUD
Surrogate applicants go through an extensive screening process before they are cleared to begin their surrogacy journey. One of the most commonly asked questions during this screening phase is, “When and how will I have my IUD birth control removed?” IUD, or inter-uterine device, is a birth control option that is placed inside of the […]
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Surrogate Stories: Kendra
When I heard about surrogacy I just thought it just sounded incredible and it would be cool to be able to help someone like that. I enjoyed being pregnant, so why not!?! My husband was very hesitant to the idea at first. He has never been through the pregnancy and delivery stages, being that he’s […]
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10 Daily Reminders for Surrogates
When taking on something as large as surrogacy, it’s unsurprising that surrogates can forget about the little things. We find that women who make the most successful surrogates are often so filled with the desire to make others happy that they can forget about making themselves happy in the process. With that in mind, we’ve […]
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Reasons for Fetal Reduction & Termination
Fetal reduction is a difficult topic to discuss and an event we hope you’ll never need to face. However, it is an important conversation to have and an area where you will need to be very truthful with your own emotions and limits before ever embarking on a surrogacy journey. Understand that reductions are rarely […]
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A Rough Timeline for Surrogates
  Our surrogates are very excited to start creating families for their intended parents. We are frequently asked how long it will take to go from application to transfer. The simple answer is- it depends. Each journey will progress at its own speed, with much of the pace being set by the surrogate. Surrogacy works […]
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How Are Your Embryos Frozen?
The goal of an egg retrieval is to create as many viable embryos as possible. The reality is that even if an egg retrieval leads to 30 viable embryos, a standard embryo transfer into an intended mother or surrogate consists of just one or two embryos. Following an egg retrieval, lab technicians will attempt to […]
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All About Embryo Adoption
It is very likely that you will have embryos remaining at the conclusion of your journey. Most intended parents will choose to freeze these embryos until they can decide what to do with them. In many cases, a time will come when you are certain that your family making process is complete, yet you will […]
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Staff Feature: Teo Martinez
Growing Generations’ CEO Teo Martinez has been with the company nearly from its birth, signing on in 1999! As CEO, Teo oversees marketing and corporate finance operations, but spends much of his time focusing on things that help to improve upon the experience of all involved in this process. Teo’s ultimate goal through these initiatives […]
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Surrogate Stories: Toni
Once upon a time I was at a Barnes and Noble waiting in line. I saw a Time magazine- the front it said, “More Military Wives Choosing to be Surrogates”. I thought to myself, hey, I’m a military wife, and I think I’d be able to do that. And the rest, as they say, is […]
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Addressing Surrogacy vs. Adoption Questions
You’re using a surrogate? Why don’t you just adopt? It’s a question you’re likely to hear both during your journey, and in the years following the birth of your child. The question is invasive, and likely brings a multitude of feelings along with it. From feelings of guilt to anger and even defensiveness, they’re all […]
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What to Expect on Transfer Day
Transfer day can feel like the peak of your journey to this point. In many ways it is exactly that. Months of effort have gone into preparing for this day. Tons of preparation is required to arrange the logistics to get you from your home to the clinic. It’s an exciting time. Here’s a look […]
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Risks of a Natural Miscarriage
Miscarriage is a sad reality for many surrogates. The March of Dimes estimates that as many as 50% of all pregnancies will end in miscarriage. That statistic may be a bit misleading, as it assumes total number of all pregnancies, detected or not. Generally only 10-20% of pregnancies confirmed by either blood test or ultrasound […]
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Understanding Embryo Aging for IPs
Your surrogate is already “pregnant” before the embryo transfer even happens. It can seem impossible to comprehend, but it is the reality of IVF pregnancies. In a traditional pregnancy, gestational age is determined based on the day of ovulation. Fertilization and implantation of the embryo typically occur roughly two weeks later. In the case of […]
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What Are Monitoring Appointments?
Part of the pre-transfer protocol includes scheduling and keeping appointments known as ‘monitoring’ appointments. These appointments, which are often completed at a reproductive health or IVF clinic in your hometown, allow your IVF doctor to monitor your body’s reaction to the pre-transfer hormone therapy. Typically, these appointments consist of a quick blood draw and a […]
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Advice for Surrogates, From Surrogates
Choosing to become a surrogate can seem overwhelming and at times a bit lonely. While surrogates are not as rare as you might think, it is true that you’re unlikely to ever meet another surrogate in your everyday life without seeking out the shared connection. Growing Generations’ surrogates share a deep bond. Many of them […]
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Surrogate Stories: Adrienne
I got pregnant with my first son Liem when I was 20. I didn’t expect to start a family so early, but the day he was born I knew that my life was changed. I consider my life split into 2 different parts; before Liem and after Liem. After he was born, I knew I […]
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D&C Procedure and its Risks and Complications
In the event of a miscarriage or otherwise abnormal pregnancy, you may elect to undergo a dilation and curettage (D&C) procedure as opposed to a natural miscarriage. A D&C can be a first-line treatment option for clearing the uterus or for instances where your body does not expel all tissue on its own. In this […]
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Things Not to Say to a Surrogate
As surrogacy becomes less and less taboo, your chances of encountering and speaking with a surrogate in your everyday life continues to increase. With more than 1,400 babies born through Growing Generations’ surrogates alone (as of 2016), surrogates are no longer the rarity they once were. These women are real, and they’re likely a part […]
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Financial Policy on Checks
Managing the finances of surrogacy can be an overwhelming undertaking. The Growing Generations finance team is made up of highly organized people whose goal is to make the process as streamlined and simple as it can be. One of the questions we hear most often from our surrogates is, “Why do some checks come on […]
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First Period After a Miscarriage or D&C
The time following a miscarriage or dilation and curettage (D&C) can be both physically and emotionally challenging. It is crucial that you are attuned to your body’s health and response over the next several weeks as it outlines how you are recovering and what your next steps in surrogacy will be. In general, doctors will […]
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Staff Feature: Danielle Stewart
Danielle Stewart is a Surrogate Admissions Specialist who has been with Growing Generations since 2013. In her role as Admissions Specialist, Danielle reviews applications, answers questions, and helps new surrogates begin their journeys. This includes making sure that all applicants meet all of GGs’ high standards.
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How Long are Frozen Embryos Viable?
Freezing embryos is a standard practice when it comes to the IVF and surrogacy process. Many egg donors will produce many viable eggs that go on to become embryos with a high probability to implant and become viable pregnancies. As a result, you’re likely to have too many great looking embryos than you need come […]
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When Should Your First Period Post Pregnancy Arrive?
The return of your period following the birth of a child is an event that is unique to each delivery. What you may have experienced with your own children could differ completely from your experience as a surrogate. It is unlikely that you will be able to predict when your body ovulates or when your […]
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Can Embryos Fall Out After Transfer?
Embryos are tiny, delicate things. The transfer process is often treated with great caution and preparation. These two things, when considered together, often cause surrogates to be quite concerned about how to best protect the embryo they’ve just been entrusted with carrying. Many surrogates, and occasionally their intended parents, may raise questions: How secure is […]
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Myth: Egg Donation is Easy Money
Many egg donors are motivated by a healthy mixture of altruism as well as personal gain. While they indeed do want to do a good deed and help a family grow, they’re also very interested in what this process could mean for them. It is no secret that egg donation often comes with an attractive […]
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Can I Be a Surrogate if I Needed IVF?
The idea that using IVF to achieve your own pregnancies disqualifies you from becoming a gestational surrogate is a common misconception about surrogacy. Many women believe that only those who have achieved pregnancies with little to no struggle will be qualified candidates for gestational surrogacy. The truth is that, because pregnancies achieved through gestational surrogacy […]
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NLA Exclusions for Surrogates
New Life Agency, or NLA, is the specialty surrogacy insurer that many of our surrogates use during their journeys. All surrogate candidates apply for this policy, even if they plan to be using their own insurance. During the pre-approval phase you will be asked to answer questions about your personal health and your previous pregnancy […]
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Can I donate if I Have Body Modifications?
Tattoos, piercings, and implants. Body modifications can be used to express individuality, as a form of self expression, or to mark a spiritual “coming of age” in certain religions. We find that when women with body modifications decide they would like to become egg donors, they often have concerns over if their choices to have […]
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Bad Reactions to Announcing Your Surrogacy
Though heartbreaking, occasionally some friends and family will not be able to accept your decision to become a surrogate. While Growing Generations does require that your husband or partner support your decision fully, we accept that not everyone may feel as passionately about your choices. Most commonly we encounter surrogates who are struggling to get […]
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How to Create Your Intended Parent Profile
The matching phase is one of the most exciting times in your surrogacy journey. This is true for the surrogate as well as for you, the intended parents. We find that both the surrogate and the intended parents have long dreamed of the individuals that will make up their team, and they can’t wait to […]
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Staff Feature: Stephanie Remke
Stephanie Remke is an Egg Donor Admissions Specialist who has been with Growing Generations since 2013. She is responsible for assisting potential donors through every step of their process. From questions prior to application through creating their match sheets, Stephanie can help with all aspects of egg donation. As such, donors will interact with Stephanie […]
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Surrogate Stories: Megan
When I was 12 years old I had my right ovary removed. The doctors told me there might be a chance that I couldn’t have my own children and that, if I could conceive, I might have difficulty there, too. So from the age of 12 till 20, I believed that I might not ever […]
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4 Reasons to Work With an Agency to Find a Surrogate
The first choice you will make when choosing surrogacy to grow your family is whether to work with an agency or to manage the journey on your own, referred to as “going independent.” While the independent route may look appealing on paper, as it often represents a misleading cost savings, there are many, many reasons […]
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Donor Diaries: Liz
Egg donation is something I have always taken an interest in.  I always loved the idea of helping create a family for someone who could not conceive on their own. My brother in law and his wife struggled with infertility for years before they had their miracle baby, but had an egg donor come up […]
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Surrogate Mother Screening Process Part 2
Growing Generations’ process for screening their surrogates is renowned because we are committed to thoroughly screening potential surrogates while matching them with Intended Parents. The first part of Growing Generations’ screening process deals with the online application. Next comes the New Surrogate Phone Consultation. The Consult call is an hour-long conversation between you and one […]
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Surrogate Screening Process Part 1
Your surrogacy journey will begin with an in depth screening process. Growing Generations is committed to thoroughly screening potential surrogates, and we are very proud of the process that we have developed. Although richly rewarding, surrogacy should not be entered into lightly. The first step is to fill out our online surrogate application. Your replies […]
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Donor Diaries: Jennifer
I got into egg donation after seeing many ads in the back of newspapers asking for egg donors. I did a little research, talked with my family about it, and then just jumped right in. The hormone shots were a little difficult for me, but my medical phase went smoothly. My retrieval was actually a […]
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How is Surrogate Pregnancy Different?
We are often asked by new surrogates, “what will be different about this pregnancy?” For the most part, in terms of the pregnancy itself, a surrogate pregnancy doesn’t differ much from a personal one. It is the conditions that surround the pregnancy that will likely differ from what you’re used to. In general, surrogate pregnancies […]
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Advice for Intended Parents
Intended parents who are new to surrogacy often have many questions. This experience is not one that comes naturally, and it is not uncommon to feel a bit overwhelmed by it all. While Growing Generations provides you with an army of industry professionals to answer any question you may have, sometimes the most reassuring words […]
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How Long Do Frozen Eggs Last?
Before answering this question you must first understand the difference between a human egg and an embryo. Eggs, or oocytes, are the female component of an embryo. An embryo is what is formed after a male sperm fertilizes the human egg. It is the embryo that will eventually turn into a fetus. Most commonly your […]
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Why Choose An Agency for Surrogacy
Perhaps the first choice a potential surrogate will make is to either work with an agency for her journey, or to try and navigate it on her own. The latter is an option referred to as having an “independent” journey. While successful journeys can happen without the assistance of an agency, there are many reasons […]
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Staff Feature: Jennifer Chang
Jennifer Chang is the Director of International Relations- Asia Pacific for Growing Generations. She began at Growing Generations as a Case Specialist working with surrogate & egg donor cases in 2011. Jennifer’s main responsibilities remain in Case Management, where she assists throughout their surrogacy journey.  She has a special spot in her heart for referral […]
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Egg Donor Requirements Refresher
Perhaps you’ve heard that Growing Generations accepts less than 1% of egg donor applicants, and you’re a bit concerned that you might not qualify. Please know that our selection process is extensive for a purpose. We screen our donors thoroughly taking your health and mental well-being into consideration to be sure donation is in your […]
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What Causes Post Partum Bleeding?
The first thing you should understand about post-partum bleeding is how much is too much, and when the bleed is considered abnormal. All women will experience some level of bleed following childbirth, even those giving birth via Cesarean Section. This is because the bleed is caused by the rupturing of blood vessels when the placenta […]
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PGD & PGS: What Are They?
During your initial consultations you will be asked to consider and decide on any potential tests you’d like to have completed on your developing embryos. Most tests are performed after creation of the embryo and prior to their transfer into your surrogate’s uterus. These tests can highlight a number of things from sex of the […]
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Will Your Donor Develop Attachment?
Choosing to use an egg donor to help create your family is a choice that can come with a lot of questions. The question of whether or not the egg donor will want to meet with the child that results from her donation is frequently asked. Rest assured that, in nearly all cases, the resounding […]
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Along for the Ride: Back to LA
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating in the Families Through Surrogacy US Conference! Scheduled for October 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, this one day seminar covers pretty much the entire gamut of surrogacy- from legalities and finding an egg donor, to developing a relationship with your surrogate and bringing baby home. With […]
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All About Progesterone in Oil
A surrogate will frequently be prescribed intramuscular injections of progesterone. These are the injections your surrogate is most likely least looking forward to taking, and, if she mentions her injections, these are the medications she is most likely talking with you about. The hormone is used to help aid in sustaining a pregnancy achieved through […]
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An Egg Donor’s Medical Cycle
The medical cycle for an egg donor and a surrogate or intended mother serves the dual purpose of simulating the body to create multiple eggs at once while also managing the timing of ovulation. The goal is to create a large number of viable eggs on the same schedule of the best days to conceive […]
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What is Normal Postpartum Bleeding?
All women will experience some amount of bleeding following childbirth; even those who give birth via caesarian section. This bleeding, often called Lochia (a Greek term meaning ‘relating to childbirth), is the shedding of blood, uterine tissue, and bacteria that remain in the uterus after childbirth.
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Conceiving With a Surrogate
You’ve matched with a surrogate who has, no doubt, assured you that her own conceptions and pregnancies were uneventful, and easy. You’re both wide eyed, bushy tailed, and full of positive energy that she will have no trouble conceiving once again, only this time with your child. Unfortunately, surrogate conceptions are not always that easy. […]
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GG Announces Scholarship Information
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (August 15, 2016) – California-based Growing Generations, a well-respected leader in the egg donation and surrogacy industry, is excited to announce details related to their annual scholarship essay competition. The competition, open to both undergraduate and graduate level students, provides a non-renewable prize of $1,000 each to three qualified scholars. In order […]
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Surrogate Requirements: How to be in the 1%
Growing Generations is very proud of our extensive surrogate screening process. Lasting potentially several months, the process examines potential surrogates on a variety of levels. When it comes down to it, only about 1% of surrogate applicants are accepted into our program. That’s 1 out of every 100 applicants. The screening process is exhaustive. It […]
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Declining a Profile
The first step of your matching phase is the acceptance of the profile of an intended parent or pair of intended parents. Growing Generations will send the profile to you for review after you’ve completed your pre-screening labs. It contains images of the family you’d be helping to create along with information about the intended […]
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Surrogacy & Social Media Etiquette
Today’s ever-present availability of information on the go keeps most of us on our toes and plugged in at all times. It will be no different for you as you move through your surrogacy journey. While social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can bring family and friends closer together, there are considerations you […]
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Along for the Ride: 1st Trimester Screening
Around the 13 week mark of pregnancy you have the choice to complete some optional screenings. These tests, which typically pair an ultrasound with some blood work, give you a risk assessment for chromosomal concerns like Down syndrome and Trisomy 18. These screenings don’t offer diagnosis, just a risk factor for potential disorders.   These […]
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Scholarship Program — Terms and Conditions
ELIGIBILITY: The Growing Generations, LLC. (“Growing Generations”) Scholarship Program is open only to those legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application and who are currently enrolled (or have been accepted to enroll) in an accredited […]
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Will the Baby Look Like the Surrogate?
Surrogates are often peppered with strange questions. While some may feel insensitive or invasive, others may come off as silly to you. Surrogacy is still an emerging science that much of the population remains unfamiliar with and, as such, they may ask questions that have what seem to be obvious answers. “Will the baby look […]
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The Donor Diaries: Lauren
At some point in our lives we will all have to ask for help from other people and need their support to make our dreams come true. Being an egg donor has allowed me to be the person who is asked for help, and it’s really rewarding to be able to say, “Yes. I’ll help […]
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Surro Stories: Amanda
It was always my dream to change someone’s life. Before I became a surrogate I did a lot of charity work as a young person, but the effect seemed so short lived. I wanted to change someone’s life forever. And what changes your life more than a child? For me, surrogacy was the answer. My […]
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Frozen Embryo Transfer Research
Continued research is giving legs to the idea that the type of embryo transfer you opt for makes little to no difference in the success of your IVF experience. Fresh embryo transfers were once believed to offer a greater chance at cell division and implantation, but recent studies from Seattle Reproductive Medicine show that this […]
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Postpartum Abdominal Binders
The popularity of using compression wraps following childbirth is quickly growing among surrogates. Those who have used compression binders say they are able to quickly shed pounds and inches, all while feeling supported and comfortable. Compression wraps, often known as belly-binders, work by supporting the muscles surrounding a woman’s midsection as her body works to […]
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Jaundice in Newborns
Jaundice, or an overabundance of bilirubin in the blood, is a common ailment for otherwise healthy newborns. It is so common in fact that most doctors will check for it as a cautious preventative test as opposed to waiting for symptoms to develop. Despite how regularly doctors may see this, we understand that this is […]
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Meet GG: Heidi Gast
Heidi Gast has been with Growing Generations since 2007. She currently serves as the Vice President and works out of the company’s Ohio Valley office. In her role, she supervises the case management, egg donor admissions, and surrogate admissions teams. It’s her job to make sure each department is fully functioning in an effective manner. […]
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Along for the Ride: Graduation
It’s graduation day! It’s such an accomplishment and something to be so proud of reaching. No, I don’t get to wear a cap and gown, and I don’t receive a diploma. Instead, I get something even better; no more daily injections to my backside! Typically, somewhere between the 10th and 13th week of gestation, the […]
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What is a Rhogam Shot?
During surrogate pregnancy, some women are advised to receive an Rh-immune globulin injection. This medication, more commonly known as Rhogam, is often given to women who carry a “negative” blood type. All people have two elements to their blood type. There is first the actual type, represented by a letter (A, B, AB, or O), […]
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Skin to Skin Contact After Birth
There have been multiple studies in recent years highlighting the importance of immediate and continued skin-to-skin contact in newborns. Skin-to-Skin contact is your first opportunity to embrace your new child, and doctors say these first cuddles are as enjoyable as they are beneficial. Doctors note both physical and emotional benefits from the contact. Skin to […]
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Egg Donation’s Effect on Fertility
Friends and family of egg donors often worry that donations may impact the future fertility of the donor in their lives. We have long known that this is not an issue, but developing research offers additional evidence that helping a couple build a family now will not inhibit your chances at creating a family later. […]
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Labor & Delivery Gown Alternatives
Many women will desire an added layer of modesty during their labor and delivery process as a surrogate. It is very likely that there will be more people in your laboring suite than with your own births and, unlike with your own births, there is a good chance that you will not be as intimately […]
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What is Baby Wearing? Options & Benefits
A cornerstone of the attachment parenting method, the act of babywearing is gaining popularity as parents continue to search for ways to help their new child adjust to life outside of the womb. This trend, while currently growing in practice, is not new. In 1986 a team of pediatricians in Montreal, Canada conducted a study […]
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Donor Diaries: Kathryn
  When I first got out of school I was working, but living on my own.  I had a job in my field, but needed to start paying back student loans.  I was living in LA, but taking public transit.  I was getting by, but funds were tight.
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Race & Surrogacy: Carrying Another Ethnicity
  Surrogacy makes a host of things that were once thought to be impossible happen on a regular basis. One of these things is the possibility that a woman is able to carry and deliver a baby that is a different ethnicity from her own.  
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Managing Postpartum Bleeding
All women who experience childbirth, no matter if the birth was vaginal or via C-section, will experience post-partum bleeding. This bleeding is commonly referred to as lochia, a Greek word meaning “relating to child birth.”   The bleed itself is the result of blood vessels left exposed by the separation of the placenta from the uterine […]
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Growing Generations Supports: St. Luke’s Food Bank
Growing Generations has a firm belief in giving back to the communities we call home. Frequently our staff becomes involved in charitable organizations that impact the communities in which they live. More commonly than not, these organizations provide services or care for families and children. One such organization that Growing Generations is proud to support […]
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Donor Banking for Surrogates
From time to time, intended parents will need to do something called a “banking” cycle as you prepare for your upcoming transfer. A banking cycle is when intended parents progress through an egg retrieval with no intention of immediately transferring an embryo into the surrogate’s uterus. If your intended parents have opted to complete a […]
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Rhogam Shots for Surrogates
During her pregnancy, your surrogate may need to receive an injection called Rhogam. This can prevent your surrogate from developing antibodies that could potentially be harmful to your unborn child or future children the surrogate may carry. Blood types are generally broken into type (A, B, AB, or O) and then given a Rhesus factor […]
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What is a Donor Banking Cycle?
  From time to time an egg donor may be asked to take part in a donation before the intended parents have lined up a surrogate. This process is called a “banking” cycle. While you may not know if this is the intention of the family you’ve chosen to work with, it’s not a bad […]
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Finding Fluid in Your Uterus Via Ultrasound
Throughout your medical cycle you will be asked to keep multiple appointments at clinic near your home. During these visits you will typically have blood taken and have a transvaginal ultrasound. The purpose of the blood sample is to monitor and evaluate the hormone levels in your blood. The purpose of the ultrasound is a […]
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Promising Research for Older Donors
Some intended mothers in our surrogacy program have the choice between acting as an egg donor herself, or to choose an egg donor. Many intended mothers will need to choose an egg donor based on medical reasons while others will opt for an egg donor based solely on the intended mother’s age. For years, doctors […]
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What is Ovarian Torsion
Though they may be rare, complications from egg donations are not unheard of. Perhaps one of the more serious potential complications is a condition called Ovarian Torsion. In this condition the ovaries rotate to a degree that blocks the ovarian artery or vein. Most commonly, this condition is observed in women nearing menopausal age or […]
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Polyps & Fibroids in the Uterus
During your medical cycle, you will be asked to schedule and keep several appointments at a fertility clinic near your home. These appointments allow the IVF doctor to monitor your body’s response to fertility medicines and best prepare you for a successful embryo transfer at the end of your cycle. These appointments generally consist of […]
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Meet GG: Anna Stewart
Anna is a Surrogate Admission Specialist and has been with Growing Generations since 2011. A former Growing Generations’ surrogate herself, Anna now works with incoming surrogates immediately after their initial consultation and through the confirmation of the match with their future intended parents. During that time she helps new surrogates understand and complete all necessary […]
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What to Pack for Labor
Even though Growing Generations’ surrogates have all experienced birth before, we often hear that planning for labor, delivery, and recovery for a surrogate birth feels new. As a result, we are often asked what sort of items you should take with you to the hospital for the big day. Here’s a look at the items […]
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Meet GG
We deliver. It’s more than a company motto. It’s a way of life for the Growing Generations staff. Our staff is made up of people who absolutely love what they do. They believe in families and their team. They also believe that helping couples and individuals expand their families is the greatest job in the […]
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Surrogate Stories: Carrie
I am not one of those people who always knew she’d be a surrogate. In fact, I never even thought about it until I saw an ad for another company. I loved being pregnant, I had easy pregnancies, and I thought this would be an amazing thing to do for another family. I thought it […]
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What is Embryo Donation?
  Most couples arriving at surrogacy expect to conceive a child with a biological relation to them by the close of the process. However, there are rare cases in which a donated embryo may be a viable option for some couples.
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What is an OAR?
During your screening process, you will go through an Ovarian Assessment Report. This test, commonly known as the OAR, presents a complete picture of what your results on fertility treatments may look like. The test is compiled following a simple blood sample. It will check multiple factors, including hormone levels. When compared against your age, […]
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Why Women Choose Surrogacy
  The need for a surrogate is fairly straightforward when it comes to same–sex male couples, but the choice may not be as obvious when an intended mother seeks out the help of a gestational carrier to grow her family.  There are a multitude of reasons a woman may choose to work with a gestational […]
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Single Parent Surrogacy
The desire to create a family can call out to anyone, whether they have a spouse or intend to be a single parent.  Surrogacy is a great family creation option for single prospective parents. Surrogacy offers the ability to be pass along your own genetics and be involved in your child’s life from the first […]
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Egg Donation vs. Embryo Donation
From time to time we notice that our donors may use the terms “egg donor” and “embryo donor” interchangeably. Egg donation and embryo donation are not the same thing, however.  Here is how the two differ.
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Surrogacy for VIP Couples
When a surrogate learns that she is being considered to carry for a VIP client, she generally will have a lot of questions and, more often than not, a few assumptions about these potential intended parents. Perhaps the most common first thought is, “Is it someone famous?” While it can be true that you are […]
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Along for the Ride: Ultrasound
Along for the Ride: A Real Time Surrogacy Experience Man. This is a big day. If you think the 10-14 days between transfer and beta day were tense, this is even worse. Especially when your numbers are looking really, really strong. The time between transfer and Beta is rich with anxiety: did it work or […]
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How Does Surrogacy Affect the Child?
Fears of perceived discrimination from the public. Embarrassment about needing to use a third party to have children. Worries about having a non-biological link to a child. All are all common concerns some parents who have children born through surrogacy have. These anxieties are often born from a place of personal discomfort and cause parents […]
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Are You Born with All of Your Eggs?
Conventional science has taught women for years that they are born with all of the eggs they will ever have. The theory has been that women are born with one to two million immature eggs at birth, and will slowly begin losing them over the course of their lifetimes. Many of those eggs will be […]
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Repeat Surrogacies
Many of our surrogates enjoy the surrogacy journey so much that they are willing to return and help create more families. Despite having an admirable willingness to do a good deed and help these couples, we hear that from time to time the decision to become a repeat surrogate is met with considerably less favorable […]
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What is PGD Testing?
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, commonly known as PGD, is a series of tests that are commonly offered in conjunction with your IVF cycle. These tests can be used to identify and diagnose potential chromosomal abnormalities in embryos before they’re ever transferred to a waiting uterus. This can greatly reduce selective termination in the event an abnormality […]
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Effects of Egg Donation & Fertility
As a woman considering donating her eggs, you may be wondering about the chances that this donation could impact your own future fertility. First of all, know that research shows there will be no link between your donation and any future potential difficulties conceiving and carrying your own children. In fact, new research shows that […]
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Surrogate Stories: Tawna
I always knew I’d be a surrogate. From the moment I found out, to the time someone I loved learned that due to health reasons she may not be able to have children, to the day I delivered twins for someone who was not my husband, I always knew I’d be a surrogate. After having […]
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Donor Banking for Intended Parents
  As you move through the egg donation leg of your journey you may face situations where it could be beneficial to consider banking your donor’s eggs or created embryos. This term is exactly what it sounds like: it involves taking these eggs or embryos and freezing them, or banking them, for later use. There […]
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Along for the Ride: Bleeding in Pregnancy
Along for the Ride: A Real Time Surrogacy Experience  In the surrogacy world…. well, heck… in the IVF world in general, blood is not at all uncommon. I’ve read that up to 70% of pregnancies achieved through IVF will have some level of bleeding during the pregnancy. It can be caused by any one of […]
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Donor Diaries: Megan
I became an egg donor only after having kids of my own and, if I’m being totally honest, the compensation was definitely a factor. My husband and I were getting ready to break ground on our house and my first donation provided the funds to purchase our engineered house plans. I will say, although the […]
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Connection With Intended Parents
A question surrogates hear frequently includes, “Oh! Do you know them?” with the “them” in question generally referring to the intended parents. This question, asked from the most innocent of curiosities, can make a surrogate feel a bit defensive. The unspoken assumption can often feel as though you’d receive praise for carrying for a friend […]
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Intended Parents: What to Pack for Delivery
Packing your bag for the hospital can be just as stressful for intended parents as it can be for surrogates. In many cases, this is the intended parent’s first trip to the hospital for childbirth. It is important to feel comfortable and prepared on your big day, but packing your hospital bag can leave you […]
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Along for the Ride: Beta Day: Take Two
It’s Beta Day. Again. It’s the day that I donate a bit more blood to the lab, and the lab tells me if I am or am not pregnant. Just to catch you up, we had a negative Beta test a couple of months ago following our failed transfer. Here’s the link to that post. […]
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Thinking About Donating an Egg? Ask Yourself These 7 Questions
Do you ever wonder if you would make a great egg donor for an individual or couple seeking to build or grow a family through intention? You may be curious about the idea but unclear on what motivates a women to actually donate her eggs. At Growing Generations, our egg donors are creative, intelligent, charismatic […]
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Divorcing During Surrogacy
Unfortunately, surrogacy does not mean that a woman’s personal life will press pause while helping to grow a family. Kids will still get sick, jobs may still change, and sometimes, relationships will end. A surrogate and her partner may legally separate or file for divorce during the time in which she is under surrogacy agreement […]
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Misconceptions About Egg Donors
Myths and misconceptions often cloud the egg donation process. The first step in deciding if egg donation is right for you is learning the difference between fact and fiction when it comes to egg donation. Here are some of the most common myths about egg donors. #1. The only women who need the help of […]
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Improving Egg Health & Fertility
For years, doctors believed that the only factor influencing the heath of a woman’s eggs was her age. However, as medical research advances we are able to learn that there are indeed many factors which influence the overall viability and health of a woman’s eggs. If you’re an intended mother attempting to use her own […]
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HELLP Syndrome for Surrogates
Pregnancy complications can impact a surrogate pregnancy just as easily as any other pregnancy. One of the lesser-known conditions that can occur is HELLP Syndrome, a serious condition that has major impacts to the heath of both you and the child you’re carrying. HELLP Syndrome is a rare condition that can affect pregnant women during […]
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What is an OAR?
During your matching process with an egg donor you will be presented the results of her OAR, or Ovarian Assessment Report. This test presents a complete picture of what each donor’s egg production results may look like while on fertility treatments. The test is compiled after a simple blood sample has been taken from your […]
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Surrogate Stories: Rebecca
I made the decision to begin looking into surrogacy after being an egg donor. I donated my eggs on two occasions. That was a decision I made after watching several friends struggle with infertility. After my last donation I felt for sure that I was done with that chapter of my life, but that I […]
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BMI For Surrogates
The discussion over body weight and the BMI (Body Mass Index) limit is a hot topic issue for both incoming and returning surrogates. While we understand that weight is a sensitive issue for many women, we still need to enforce a BMI limit for a variety of reasons. Growing Generations works with several different reproductive […]
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Trust & Your Surrogate
Of all of the things you will need in order to have a successful surrogacy journey, the most important of them all is an open, trusting relationship with your surrogate. Trust is a mutual gift that you share with each other. A healthy relationship stems from clear and articulated expectations. Boundaries are also an essential […]
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Egg Health Information for Intended Parents
  When beginning to think about the genetics for your child, the first thing to consider will be the quality of the egg provided to create an embryo. The majority of our intended parents will be looking for an egg donor and learning a lot about what constitutes good egg health.
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Tips for Talking About Surrogacy
Talking about surrogacy with strangers is a reality of your journey. Even though you are excited about your choice, there may be others who are either uninformed about the process or who disagree with your belief system. Know that these discussions will become easier as the weeks progress. Here are a few pointers for talking […]
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Donor Diaries: Marie
I have always been a bit of a fertile myrtle, and I certainly never planned on having a large amount of children. I have had a few friends who have had fertility issues, which brought to my attention the potential need “out there” for egg donors. I did some research and decided to apply.
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Biological Connection Concerns with IVF
In the case of male-male couples, surrogacy presents a very real possibility that one father may not have a biological link to the child that is ultimately born to him. This can happen as a result of one intended father opting to not contribute his DNA, or as the result of the transferred embryo having […]
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The Match Meeting
Once you have accepted a profile, your information will be sent to the intended parents for review. They are generally given 48 hours to make a decision to accept or decline your profile. In the exciting event that they accept, you will move forward and schedule your match meeting. Your case will be submitted to […]
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Biological Connection Concerns With Donor Eggs
  Several intended mothers in our program will ultimately decide to use donor eggs in order to help create their family. While some will be able to carry the embryo themselves, others will need to use a surrogate in order to build their families. For many women, the idea of accepting help to create their […]
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Remembering Your Donation
Before embarking on your egg donor journey, you may already be wondering how you’ll feel at the conclusion of your experience. Specifically, you may be wondering how you’ll feel on the anniversaries of your donation as you consider whether or not your donations lead to the birth of a baby.  
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Dilation & Curettage
The days and weeks following a dilation & curettage (D&C) can be both physically and emotionally challenging. During this time, it is normal to experience a wide range of emotions ranging from sadness over a failed pregnancy to excitement to try again. Many of our surrogates will have questions about what is normal for their […]
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Along for the Ride: Next Steps
Along for the Ride: A Real Time Surrogacy Experience Next Steps The days following the news of a failed transfer seem painfully slow. Will the intended parents throw in the towel, or will they want to try again? If they do want to try another transfer, how long will there be between now and then? […]
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What is a Genetic Profile?
Many of our Intended Parents will choose to have their genetic samples analyzed. This test, commonly called a genetic profile, is compiled following a simple blood or saliva draw and highlights if the genetic contributor is a carrier for any potential genetic diseases or disorders. Here’s a look at a few of the conditions the […]
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A Word on Egg Quality
Egg quality is simply the designation of an egg as genetically normal or abnormal, and we understand this may a new concept for you. As an egg donor, there is not much you can do to maintain the quality of your eggs, but it’s always important to take care of your body. What Affects Egg […]
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Difficulty Pumping Breastmilk
While many of our surrogates are experienced breast feeders, most have not relied exclusively on a breast pump for milk extraction. It is not uncommon for surrogates who use a breast pump to extract milk for the child they birthed to encounter difficulty pumping or trouble attaining desired results. When this happens, it can leave […]
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HELLP Syndrome for Intended Parents
HELLP Syndrome is a rare condition that can affect pregnant women during their late second or third trimesters. HELLP syndrome is named for the things it does to a woman’s body:  H- hemolysis ( breakdown of red blood cells) EL- elevated liver enzymes (liver function) LP- low platelets counts (platelets help the blood clot).
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What is Hyperstimulation?
One of the potential side effects to egg donation is a condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). In the most general of terms, this condition exists when a woman’s ovaries respond overzealously to the medication given to increase egg production. Most women produce just one egg per monthly cycle. In the case of egg donation, […]
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What is Pre-Eclampsia?
Pre-Eclampsia is a serious condition that only exists in pregnancy, most often popping up in the late second or third trimesters. There is no treatment or cure for the condition outside of delivering the baby (or babies) or ending the pregnancy. If left untreated, pre-eclampsia can progress to eclampsia and can be fatal. Markers for […]
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Real vs False Labor
  All Growing Generations’ surrogates are mothers and have likely experienced labor already, but for most, it is likely that a few years have passed since the delivery of their last biological child and their first surrogate child. It’s helpful to refresh your memory on the differences between true labor and Braxton-Hicks (false) labor as […]
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How IVF Has Changed Over the Years
In vitro fertilization, more commonly known as IVF, has come a long way since Louise Brown, the first child born via IVF, was born in 1978. What now makes up a growing percentage of annual births was once a project cloaked in secrecy. According to a report published by the BBC, more than five million […]
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Personal Surrogacy Questions
During your surrogacy journey, you will undoubtedly be asked personal, invasive, and insensitive questions. These questions are likely to come at you from all directions. We regularly hear that our surrogates are being asked the same questions over and over. They hear everything from, “How can you give your baby away?” to “You had to […]
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Separation & Divorce in Surrogacy
Surrogacy is a very rewarding experience, but it can also accelerate stress on an already troubled relationship. From time to time, we have surrogates who wind up experiencing a separation or divorce during their surrogacy journey. This situation is not favorable, but it can happen. The end of a marriage can impact the surrogacy journey […]
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My Tubes are Tied. Can I Donate?
Occasionally a woman will come to our egg donation program with the desire to donate her eggs after completing her family. If the potential donor has had her “tubes tied,” she might feel that she is unable to donate as a result. But this is a myth.
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Surrogate Stories: Karen
For me, surrogacy started with such a strong desire to help others. It was deep seated in my heart and became something that I felt so passionate about doing long before I made the choice to go for it! So when it was time to go for it, getting started was as simple as a […]
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What Happens to Left Over Embryos?
Whether you use an egg donor or not, the goal of the medical cycle preceding egg retrieval is simple: create as many high quality, usable eggs as possible. Following the egg retrieval procedure, these eggs will go through a series of phases including fertilization and growth. You are likely to lose one or more eggs, […]
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Debunking Gay Parenting Myths
You may have become a surrogate with the goal of helping same sex couples have a family. Or perhaps you, like many of our first time surrogates, have not given the idea much thought. During your screening process, you will be asked if you’re willing to help same sex couples. We understand that, especially if […]
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Egg Donors & The HART Program
You may have heard about our HART program, which is renowned for helping those living with an HIV+ diagnosis to safely have biological children. As an egg donor, you may be wondering if your eggs will be used as part of this program. You may also have opinions on whether or not this is the […]
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Toxemia vs. Eclampsia vs. HELLP Syndrome
Toxemia, Pre-Eclampsia, Eclampsia, & HELLP Syndrome are all very serious diagnoses that can happen to a woman in pregnancy. In general, these conditions are all varying degrees of the same problem, centered around high blood pressure in pregnancy. While we hope that you’ll never be faced with any of these diagnoses, it is helpful to […]
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Growing Generations’ Surrogate Speaks with Minnesota Legislators About Surrogacy
Sarah Irons, a first time gestational surrogate with Los Angeles based Growing Generations, travelled to Saint Paul, Minnesota this week to speak with state legislators about surrogacy. Irons, who holds a Master’s Degree in Family Education from the University of Minnesota, visited the state capitol with nonprofit group Resolve: The National Infertility Association for Resolve’s […]
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Surrogacy & Your Partner
  You’re a surrogate? How does your husband feel about that?” It’s just another one of the invasive questions that surrogates will commonly field during their journey. As with many of the questions that can catch a surrogate off guard, this one is likely founded in ignorance of gestational surrogacy. Many people assume that if […]
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Along for the Ride: Beta
Along for the Ride: A Real Time Surrogacy Experience Beta Day Get Social! Follow this journey on GG’s Pinterest and Instagram! It’s Beta day! Usually on Beta day I wake up jazzed. Super excited. I even have a little song: Beta Day, Beta Day Goody, Goody, Hip Hooray! Don’t judge me. Beta day has always been an […]
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What Are Intended Parents Looking for in a Surrogate?
  Many women on the path to becoming a surrogate with Growing Generations ask us what qualities intended parents look for in their surrogates. While the answers vary, we find that the majority of our intended parents, whether individuals or couples, tend to focus on the same areas when finding a surrogate to help build […]
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What is a Genetic Profile?
As part of your egg donor screening process, you will have the opportunity to have a genetic profile completed. For many egg donors, the idea of a genetic profile can sound a bit intimidating. Rest assured that the profile is no more than a look at your genetic make-up, intended to help intended parents make […]
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Egg Donor Screening Process
Growing Generations is proud to have an egg donor program that helps to grow and build families. While many women apply to be an egg donor, statistically fewer than 1% of those who apply will make it through our screening process and go on to become egg donors. The selective nature of our program has […]
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Surrogacy & The Affordable Care Act
When it comes to insurance and surrogacy, there have long been just two options for intended parents to consider- using the surrogate’s personal policy or purchasing a specialty policy through a third party insurer. However, the introduction of President Barack Obama’s “Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially known as “Obama-Care”, has opened up new options in […]
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Donor Diaries: Janine
I became an egg donor after reading an online article about the process and becoming fascinated with it! I even got to meet my first set of intended parents, and that experience was so cool that it moved me to donate twice more. In total, I’ve donated my eggs three times, each time with Growing […]
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Surrogate Screening
First and foremost, we are excited that you’re considering applying to become a Growing Generations’ surrogate! You should know upfront that Growing Generations is committed to thoroughly screening potential surrogates; just 1% make it through our screening process. The surrogacy process takes several months, starting with screening and ending in birth. Although very rewarding, surrogacy […]
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What Happens to Left Over Embryos?
Many surrogates will experience IVF for the first time as a result of their journey. As such, it may be a surprise to learn that multiple embryos are created during the process of preparing for transfer. It is not uncommon for there to be upwards of 9 or 10 viable embryos on transfer day. Of […]
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Along for the Ride: Transfer Day
Along for the Ride: A Real Time Surrogacy Experience Transfer Day Get Social! Follow this journey on GG’s Pinterest and Instagram!   Oh my goodness and holy cow. It happened. We made it to transfer. And, until someone else tells me otherwise, I’m officially pregnant with twins.   Here’s how today, our transfer day, played out.  
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Understanding Different Types of Surrogacy
With surrogacy, a woman carries a child to term and then relinquishes the baby to the intended parent(s) upon delivery. Within those parameters, there are two main types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational.
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Sharing Your Story
The choice of whether or not to share your decision to become an egg donor with friends and family is very personal. While most of our donors tell us their donations are points of pride in their life that they regularly and openly talk about, several others choose to keep their choice to donate to […]
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Surrogate Stories: Monique
When I became a surrogate, I didn’t even know what HART was, or that science like this was even possible. In my heart, I wanted to help the people who, I thought, believed having their own biological children was impossible. And for me, helping HIV+ parents was as wide as my heart could open. I […]
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Surrogate Stories: Lynn
I see a lot of surrogates share stories of their pregnancy or of their delivery. But for me, the story didn’t end there. I, like many other surrogates I know, am lucky enough to maintain a friendship with the family I helped create. While only time will tell how close we remain over the course […]
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Starting A Return Surrogacy
Many surrogates enjoy their journey so much that they come back for a second, third, or even fourth experience. Returning surrogates sometimes will work with previous intended parents to create a sibling for a previous child, or may instead rematch with new intended parents. The reapplication process looks very similar to the first experience. In […]
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What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions?
The final weeks of pregnancy for intended parents can be incredibly exciting, but also filled with anxiety. Both you and your surrogate are likely to be in examination mode, attempting to decode every twinge she feels in anticipation of the big day. Part of this process will generally include something called Braxton Hicks contractions.  
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Donor Diaries: Lydia
I got into egg donation as a way of “giving back” to the universe after using donor sperm to create my own child. When it comes to the injections, the fear is really the worst part. The actual injections are so mild on the pain scale. In fact, if you get the angle just right, […]
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Along for the Ride: Monitoring
Along for the Ride: A Real Time Surrogacy Experience Monitoring Appointments Get Social! Follow this journey on GG’s Pinterest and Instagram! Part of the pre-transfer protocol includes monitoring appointments. These appointments typically consist of a quick blood pull and a transvaginal ultrasound. The blood draw generally monitors the presence of estrogen in the blood and the ultrasounds […]
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Along for the Ride: Needles
Along for the Ride: A Real Time Surrogacy Experience Get Social! Follow this journey on GG’s Pinterest and Instagram! If there is one thing that everyone seems to know about IVF pregnancies, it’s that they require a strict medical protocol. Most notably, IVF requires a lot of self-administered injections. Here’s the thing about IVF medications that amazes […]
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NLA Surrogate Insurance
During your initial conversations with us, we will begin speaking with you about the type of woman you would like to have as your surrogate. One major area of consideration will be the type health insurance that your surrogate will be using to help curb medical costs throughout the process.   Many personal insurance policies have […]
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Foods for Fertility
Every woman trying to become pregnant wants to give her body the best chance possible to conceive. Science has found reason to suggest that certain foods may have properties that can help give your body the best shot possible at that positive pregnancy test. The first tip science has to offer? Don’t skip breakfast. Studies […]
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What Happens to Leftover Embryos?
Many egg donors are curious about what will happen to their eggs following their donation. While you probably expect that your eggs will be fertilized in an attempt to create as many viable embryos as possible, you may not realize that not all of those embryos will be used.
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Along for the Ride: Calendar
Get Social! Follow this journey on GG’s Pinterest and Instagram!   I know what’s you’re thinking. Who is this Mandy gal? I get it, it’s been awhile since we had an update to share. That can be par for the course in surrogacy. Delays are just part of the game. Feast or famine, it seems.  
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Surrogate Stories: Brandy
I always knew I wanted to be a surrogate. It was just something that I could see myself doing so clearly. Even so, life got in the way. I’m from such a conservative family and at first I was worried about how my friends and family would react to my choice. But then one night, […]
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Surrogate Insurance
During your initial conversations with us, we will begin speaking with you about the type of woman you would like to have as your surrogate. One major area of consideration will be the type of health insurance that your surrogate will be using to help curb medical costs throughout the process. This insurance is generally […]
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Surrogacy Books for Kids
Using a surrogate to grow your family presents you with interesting decisions to make as your child grows up. Most importantly, will you tell them a surrogate was used? If so, how do you address the subject with empathy and approachability? If you do decide to share the origins of your child’s birth with them, […]
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Understanding Different Types of Surrogacy
Egg donors will often not know what happens to their eggs following their donation. While an intended mother will occasionally carry the donor egg in her own uterus, in many cases a donor’s eggs will eventually be transferred into the uterus of a surrogate. With surrogacy, a woman carries a child to term and then […]
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Cost of Egg Donor Only Cases
In some cases, an intended mother may be able to carry a child, but be unable to use her own egg to attain pregnancy. This can happen for a myriad of reasons including premature menopause, poor egg quality, or a scenario in which both intended parents are carriers of a genetic disease or disorder. In […]
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Remembering Your Journey on Birthdays
For many surrogates, their journey ends the day the child she carried is born. Some surrogates are fortunate enough to remain in contact with the families they helped create and will often be included in birthdays with either photos, calls, or in some cases, invitations to attend milestone birthday events. No matter what direction your […]
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Managing Medical Costs in Surrogacy
Perhaps one of the most common concerns among new surrogates is the fear that they could be left with costly unpaid medical bills once the baby is delivered. Let us be very clear: that fear is completely unfounded and implausible for a Growing Generations surrogate. We employ a highly skilled finance team for the sole […]
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The Contracting Phase
Once you have confirmed the match with your surrogate, you will move into the contracting phase of your journey. During this time, you will be working with lawyers who are very well versed in fertility and reproductive law in the United States to draft and execute your surrogacy agreement. Many states require a legal contract […]
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What influences the success rate of in vitro fertilization?
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a very accessible medical procedure that gives individuals and couples who are unable to conceive a baby on their own the ability to have their own child biologically or through intention by using donor eggs. Since 1981, at least a million children have been born in the United States thanks […]
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Donor Diaries: Sally
  For me it wasn’t a question of, “Why be an egg donor?” so much as a question of, “Why NOT be an egg donor?” I remember watching fertility issues become a regular occurrence in the media and thought, “I’m a healthy woman, I have good genes, and who knows if I’ll ever want my […]
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What to do With Unused Needles
Daily injections are a part of life for most surrogates. In the majority of surrogate medical cycles we will ask our surrogates to administer one intramuscular shot per day over the course of the first ten to twelve weeks of the pregnancy. This necessitates the need for you to keep a large inventory of syringes […]
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What is Pelvic Rest?
  Nearly all surrogates will be ordered on “pelvic rest” for at least part of their journey. In simplest terms, pelvic rest means that you are to abstain from sexual intercourse, orgasms (even those achieved by external methods), and insertion of anything into the vagina with the exception of medications. Do note that pelvic rest […]
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Exercising as a Surrogate Mother
  Physical fitness during pregnancy is something that is beneficial to both you as a surrogate as well as the child you will be carrying. Physical health is generally something that appeals to many of our Intended Parents in their surrogate selection process as well. Many surrogates report feeling a bit anxious about how to […]
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Best Airlines for International Newborns
When it comes to your newborns first flight, we understand that you’re bound to be a little anxious! Especially for parents whose journey home includes an overseas flight, it is important to consider which airlines are able to make your trip home as comfortable as possible. We’ve done a bit of web crawling for you, […]
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A Closer Look at Matching
The matching process of your surrogacy journey is a very exciting time! Over the course of several days or weeks you will be finding and deciding what family you will be helping to create or build upon. Here’s a closer look at how the Growing Generations’ matching process works. The Surrogate Profile Shortly after completing […]
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Understanding Different Types of Surrogacy
The first step to deciding if surrogacy is right for you is learning about the two types of surrogacy and how they differ. In any surrogacy situation, a woman carries a child with the intention of handing it over to other people (intended parents) after the birth. Within that general definition, there is traditional and […]
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GG Supports: Youth Service Systems
Growing Generations has a firm belief in giving back to the communities we call home. Frequently our staff becomes involved in charitable organizations that impact the communities in which they live. More commonly than not, these organizations provide services or care for families and children. One such organization the Growing Generations is proud to support […]
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What is Pre-Eclampsia?
A diagnosis of preeclampsia can be terrifying. The condition carries with it a stigma of serious danger, and for good reason. If left untreated preeclampsia can progress to eclampsia, a condition which can cause serious harm to a woman and the child she is carrying. In some severe cases it can even cause death. Preeclampsia, […]
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Donor Diaries: Jenny
I’ve donated eggs twice, both times for the same intended parents. So, in essence, I started a family, then added to it. The children in this family are biologically related, they’re siblings, because of me. I believe that “you get what you give,” in this world. Someday I’ll need to use donor sperm to make […]
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Questions From Surrogates’ Partners
A surrogate’s partner is an active part of the surrogacy team. It’s crucial that you are able to have your questions answered and feel comfortable with the surrogacy process as well. We often hear the same questions from the significant others of potential surrogates. Here’s a look at the most common. Will the baby have […]
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Induction Types
If a labor induction is decided to be in the best interest of the surrogate, there are a few different options that you may consider. It’s also worth noting that some doctors or hospitals will have their own rules on inductions, some not allowing them prior to 39 weeks for any non-emergency situation. While most […]
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HART FAQs for Surrogates
Shortly after completing your consult you will receive an Email asking if you’re willing to consider being a part of the HART program. HART, which stands for HIV Assisted Reproductive Technologies, is a Growing Generations’ program designed to help men living with an HIV+ diagnosis become parents. Our surrogates often tell us that they are […]
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Along for the Ride: A Real Time Surrogacy Experience
Get Social! Follow this journey on GG’s Pinterest and Instagram! Along for the Ride: Surrogacy Agreements I always try to keep these posts short and sweet. So as I sat down to pen a post on the contracting phase of the surrogacy journey, I had to chuckle at the irony. Here I sit, trying my hardest to […]
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Along for the Ride: Unexpected Twists
Get Social! Follow this journey on GG’s Pinterest and Instagram!   Along for the Ride: Darn Ducks  Here’s the thing about surrogacy. Just when you think you have all of your ducks in a row, one little quacker wanders off on his own and derails the whole caravan. Darn ducks. Here’s what I know to be truth. […]
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Avoiding Home Pregnancy Tests
The time between your embryo transfer and the first blood draw (Beta test) can feel like an eternity. The wait is a time filled with equal parts excitement and anxiety. “Did it work?” “Am I pregnant?” These questions are in high supply over these 10-12 days and many surrogates will want to take home pregnancy […]
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Natural Miscarriage vs. D&C
From time to time a transferred embryo will implant but fail to lead to a viable pregnancy. This is a very emotional time for both you and your intended parents. Even so, you will need to make the decision on how you will clear our uterus of the placenta and tissue formed during early pregnancy. […]
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When to Arrive for the Birth: International IP
Planning to arrive in your surrogate’s hometown in time for the birth of your child can be especially difficult when you’re traveling from another country. While it is important to arrive in town early, international intended parents also have to plan accordingly for the time they’ll need to be stateside following the birth as well. […]
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Along for the Ride: A Real Time Surrogacy Experience
  Get Social! Follow this journey on GG’s Pinterest and Instagram! Along for the Ride: Match Meeting   Have you ever been on a blind date? Maybe. Have you ever gone on a blind date with the hope that you’d agree to get pregnant on the second date? Probably not. In fact, my grandma would have called […]
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GG Supports: Los Angeles Youth Network
Growing Generations has a firm belief in giving back to the communities we call home. Frequently our staff becomes involved in charitable organizations that impact the communities in which they live. More commonly than not, these organizations provide services or care for families and children. One such organization the Growing Generations is proud to support […]
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Handling Offensive Questions
It’s perhaps one of the more offensive things you can ask an Intended Parent. “Why didn’t you just adopt?” The question becomes even more awkward when strangers are asking you, their surrogate, this incredibly invasive and personal question. Bear in mind that it is not your job to justify or explain the family growing choices […]
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Along for the Ride: A Real Time Surrogacy Experience
Follow this journey on GG’s Instagram, Pintrest, and Mandy’s Twitter account @SurroMandy. You can also Email Mandy your questions email hidden; JavaScript is required. Profile Acceptance So what comes after you accept the profile of a potential intended parent? In this household we call it “nervicited.”   You’re excited like Christmas Eve as a kid, because […]
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Trust & Your Intended Parents
One of the most important aspects of your relationship with your intended parent or parents is trust. It is the foundation of surrogacy and should be at the very heart of your relationship. In a surrogate-intended parent relationship, both parties earn trust gradually. If you and the intended parents have a foundation of trust, you […]
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When to Arrive for the Birth: Domestic IPs
Being present for the birth of your child is something most intended parents will want to strive to achieve. The reality is that sometimes birth can happen with little or no warning, and it may not always be possible to guarantee your presence at the birth. Even so, many intended parents spend a lot of […]
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Along for the Ride: A Real Time Surrogacy Experience
Get Social! Follow this journey on GG’s Instagram, Pintrest, and Mandy’s Twitter account @SurroMandy. You can also Email questions to Mandyemail hidden; JavaScript is required. Matching After you’ve been granted final clearance you get to begin the matching phase! I love this part. Seriously, it is the most exciting part prior to pregnancy. It’s a […]
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Donor Diaries: Francine
I’ve donated eggs a lot. In fact, I don’t quite remember how many times I’ve done it! It’s either four or five. The truth is, once I realized there was a need for donated eggs, I couldn’t think of anything greater than helping a family grow. So I started donating eggs and didn’t stop for […]
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Using Your Personal Insurance for Surrogacy
All Growing Generations’ surrogates are required to have health insurance to help cover the cost of IVF and pregnancy. Some surrogates are enrolled in specialty surrogacy specific programs while others will be able to use their own personal insurance. While at first this may sound a bit scary, rest assured that using your own insurance […]
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Egg Donation vs. Surrogacy
For many intended mothers, choosing to pursue an egg donor or a surrogate can be a very difficult and emotional decision. This is a challenging time for your family, but do know that there may still be several options and paths to consider on your journey to parenthood. In some cases, intended mothers will be […]
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Surrogacy & Your Partner
“You’re a surrogate? How does your husband feel about that?” It’s just another one of the invasive questions that surrogates will commonly field during their journey. As with many of the questions that can catch a surrogate off guard, this one is likely founded in ignorance of gestational surrogacy. Many people assume that if a […]
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Along For The Ride: A Real Time Surrogacy Experience
Get Social! Follow this journey on GG’s Instagram, Pintrest, and Mandy’s Twitter account @SurroMandy. You can also Email questions to Mandy email hidden; JavaScript is required. Application & Screening  Modern technology is a great thing, is it not? I remember in my first experience with surrogacy that the paperwork phase made me feel a little […]
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Surrogate Stories: Claire
There is an important relationship that develops between a surrogate and her Intended Parents. We talk about it a lot. However, it’s the bond that most surrogates have with each other that seems unmatchable. During my research before becoming a surrogate, I read testimonials, blogs, and interviews of surrogates. I felt a connection to these […]
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What Are Pregnancy Cravings?
Macaroni and mayonnaise on rye bread. Vanilla ice cream with crumbled bacon on top. Mac and cheese smothered in BBQ sauce. One of our surrogates even told us she simply had to have pepperoni pizza with a chocolate bar on top.   Pregnancy cravings can be hilarious, disgusting, and legendary all at the same time. The […]
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Along for the Ride: A Real Time Surrogacy Experience
  Hi there! My name is Mandy, and this is a picture of my family. We’re made up of a husband, wife, and two adorable little blonde haired girls who we affectionately call “The Blondesters.” As the photo suggests, we’re also a surrogate family. In 2014 I gave birth to another beautiful little girl named […]
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Egg Donor Books for Kids
  Many egg donors feel great pride with their decision, and will ultimately choose to share their choices with their children. Whether you have children at the time of your donation, or plan to tell your future children of your donation, finding a way to explain something so scientific to such a young mind can […]
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Working with non English Speaking IPs
Some surrogates will be presented with an intended parent profile for a couple or individual  from another country. In many cases these intended parents will speak some English, but in other cases the intended parents will not be able to speak any English at all. While your first reaction to this may be disappointment or […]
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Newborn Care in the United States
  Prior to the birth of your baby you will need to think a bit about the American standard of newborn care, including your child’s first vaccination. While all parents have the option to opt out of receiving these treatments, most parents choose to follow the standard of care during their stateside stay. Here’s a […]
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Donor Diaries: Katie
I will never forget how I felt when the request came in. I was a first time egg donor and, after doing a plethora of research, had decided I knew exactly what to expect of every step in the egg donation process. From the medication cycle to the retrieval and even the potential impact on […]
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Surrogacy as a Single Lady
Some of our best surrogates come to us as strong willed single women. These women are single mothers and have a steadfast desire to help others create a family. They are independent, hardworking, and immensely appreciative of family bonds. A single surrogate is defined as one who is not currently living with or sexually active […]
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What is a Sibling Project?
Many of Growing Generations’ intended parents return for a second surrogacy journey. This return, referred to as a sibling project, is something we are always very happy to help with. Here’s a look at how the process of returning to expand your family progresses. In most cases, our team will not initiate first contact with […]
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GG Supports: Family Equality Council
Growing Generations has a firm belief in giving back to the communities we call home. Frequently our staff becomes involved in charitable organizations that impact the communities in which they live. More commonly than not, these organizations provide services or care for families and children. One such organization the Growing Generations is proud to support […]
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Surrogacy With A Partner
The husbands, partners, and significant others of our surrogates are extraordinary people. From the emotional support they provide to helping with medication administration, childcare, household chores, and so many other things, these partners play a vital role in the surrogacy journey. We believe that spousal support is so important to the surrogacy process that we […]
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Flying With a Newborn
The majority of surrogate births occur at a significant distance from your home. In many cases, the distance will necessitate a plane ride home with your newborn. This reality can send chills down the back of any new parent. Flying with a newborn doesn’t have to be a stressful event; it just takes a little […]
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Donor Diaries: Omega
Egg donation is an indescribable experience. The only way to really understand it is to experience it. At least that’s how I see it. I decided to jump into the egg donation world full-force when I was in college. I had a friend who was going through the process, and I felt like I had […]
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Surrogacy: What It Means For Your Significant Other
When a woman chooses to become a surrogate it is a decision that impacts her entire family. From the children who will be without her during her travels for medical screening and transfer to the husband or significant other who will be her key support; making a family for someone else is a job in […]
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Labor Induction: Part 1
Labor induction is a realistic consideration for many intended parents in the final weeks of their pregnancy. If you’ve never been through a labor and delivery before, the thought of an induction can seem quite foreign. Let’s start by taking a look at what an induction is, and when it might be beneficial. Inducing labor […]
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How To Choose an Egg Donor Agency
Making the choice to become an egg donor can be overwhelming. The moment you begin searching for the right agency to partner with you can feel flooded with choices. It is crucial to find and work with only reputable agencies. These are the agencies that will be up to date with federal and state regulations […]
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Talking With Your Kids About The End of Your Journey
As the end of your surrogacy journey draws near, it may be a good idea to remind your children that the baby you’ve been carrying is not coming home with you after the birth. Chances are good that you explained this to them in the early stages of your journey and that you’ve reminded them […]
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Gift Giving & Your Surrogate
We find that many of our surrogates and intended parents develop close interpersonal relationships and experience a desire to exchange gifts during the journey. Despite this desire, many intended parents find themselves at a loss when brainstorming gift ideas. First things first- gift giving is not a requirement of surrogacy. It is neither expected, encouraged, […]
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Who Needs an Egg Donor?
There is a common misconception that only gay men, menopausal women, or survivors of ovarian cancer need donor eggs. This false conception paints a narrow window of the many reasons that a family could need egg donation and limits the scope of the necessity of egg donors. Gay men will always need the assistance of […]
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Labor & Delivery for Surrogates
When it comes to labor, delivery, and recovery, the best advice is to have a plan in place and know that your plan might not happen. As you likely experienced with your own births, babies have a mind of their own and sometimes your best laid plans just won’t matter. Even so, heading into the […]
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How State Laws Affect Surrogacy
Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is the use of any method used to help conceive a child. This can include IVF treatments, artificial inseminations, and other instances where embryos are handled or aided in any way. It’s this science that allows egg donation, surrogacy, and families who would not otherwise exist to become possible. And for […]
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Things You Shouldn’t Say to an Egg Donor
Many egg donors have a difficult time confiding with even close friends and family. If you are lucky enough to gain the confidence of an egg donor, there are certain things you may want to avoid saying. That’s weird. Most egg donors understand that they’re doing something a bit unconventional, and that you probably have […]
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Managing Multiples
While it’s not always the goal, many Intended Parents desire to achieve a twin pregnancy and specifically shoot for one. Just as with non-surrogate multiples, surrogate multiples inspire a lot of conversation. From awe and fear for your health to curiosity and advice, you’re likely to hear a lot of unsolicited opinions over the next […]
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What is a Pre-Birth Order
Pre and post-birth orders are items of extreme interest in gestational surrogacy.  Both assign parentage to the intended parents and remove any rights or obligations from the surrogate. These birth orders can also cause a great deal of unnecessary stress for both IPs and surrogates when they’re not properly understood. In simplest terms, a birth […]
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Egg Donors & IUDs
Questions about birth control for egg donors are some of the most common we hear. While most options offer a straightforward plan for discontinuation prior to the donation, there are many special considerations for donors using an intrauterine device (IUD). Hormonal IUD These devices include brands like Mirena that use a slow release hormone therapy […]
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Surrogate Stories: Michelle
Some people say I have the heart of a servant. I vehemently deny that. I say life is just better when you’re trying to help others. I saw people in need of blood, and I became a blood donor. I saw a young man growing up with his dialysis machine instead of with his friends. […]
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Bonding With Baby Before Birth
The distance between your home and your surrogate’s home is often very large and can present a bit of a challenge when it comes to bonding with your unborn child. Despite the distance, many intended parents will still desire to form a bond with their child while in utero. The good news is that there […]
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Donor Diaries: Sara
I was moved to egg donation based on the idea that, “what goes around comes around.” I know that someday I’ll use a sperm bank to have children of my own, so donating my eggs now seemed like good karma. I’m only sharing a few genes and something that would go to waste otherwise, so […]
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Hospital Tour Questions for Surrogates
  Sometime in the second half of your pregnancy it will be suggested that you visit the hospital where you plan to deliver and take a tour of the delivery unit. As all of our surrogates are already mothers, it is very likely that you’ve completed a hospital tour before, perhaps at this very hospital. […]
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Hospital Tour Questions for Intended Parents
The 20-week mark is a major distinction in any pregnancy. It marks the halfway point and is the time the largest ultrasound of the pregnancy generally occurs. For these reasons, a large majority of intended parents will choose to visit with their surrogate around this point in the pregnancy. Apart from the “big” ultrasound, also […]
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Where Do My Eggs Go Next?
For most egg donors the thought process surrounding donation concludes with the retrieval procedure. Many of our donors tell us they leave the IVF facility feeling immense pride and satisfaction but without much thought as to what happens next to their eggs. In case you are wondering about the road your eggs will travel on […]
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Determining Age with IVF
Human pregnancies are counted in weeks, with 40 weeks being considered a full term. Many people don’t realize that when using IVF, you don’t begin counting those 40 weeks on the day you transfer the embryo into your uterus. Gestation is determined by the age of the egg as opposed to the time spent carrying […]
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Surprise! Your Surrogate is Having Multiples!
While some parents will openly seek and try to achieve a multiple pregnancy, the news that your surrogate has been confirmed with more than one fetus can come as a surprise. In the rare instance that your surrogate becomes pregnant with triplets or other high order multiples the news can be immensely overwhelming. Whether achieved […]
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Egg Donors & Tobacco Use
  Becoming an egg donor means sharing your DNA in order to help create a family for someone else. This huge responsibility motivates us to ensure that our donors are genetically sound as well as physically healthy. This means our potential egg donors need to be tobacco free. Research has shown time and time again […]
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Surrogate Travel Restrictions
  Choosing to help create a family by becoming a surrogate is a decision that will undoubtedly come with some level of personal inconvenience to your family. While the concessions that you’ll be asked to make are likely quite minor, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on these potential limitations before moving forward.
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Why Would a Woman Become a Surrogate?
It’s a question we hear often, and it’s not a surprising either. Our surrogates are motivated to become surrogates for a great many reasons, but nearly all of them tell us, they become surrogates out of altruistic origins. They want to give the gift of family to someone who is unable to do this for […]
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What Are Known Donors?
In simplest terms, a known donor is a person who is familiar to the parents before the matching process. In many cases this person will be a close friend or family member. These deep bonds make choosing to help a loved one embark upon the journey of surrogacy seem like a natural fit. Growing Generations […]
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Surrogate Stories: Emilee
My surrogacy journey started out much like any other. I wanted to develop a bond with my intended parents and was struggling to find a way to do it. We had awkward texts and awkward silences. But I was just so determined to help them that I knew I couldn’t give up. I decided to […]
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The Stateside Stay
International intended parents will need to allow for an extended stateside visit around the time of the birth of your new baby. While couples from the United States are able to head home with their newborn as soon as the baby is discharged from the hospital, international parents may need to stay stateside for several […]
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Egg Donors & STDs
The FDA has created a list of communicable diseases that they require all IVF centers to test for in order to deem a candidate qualified to donate human reproductive tissue, in this case, your eggs. Diseases on this list include Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B& C, Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea. The FDA gives IVF […]
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Handling Comments About Intended Parents
Another sensitive subject that is frequently visited with surrogates is money. Not only the amount of compensation you will receive, but also the financial status of the intended parents you’re working with. No one likes to talk about how much money they make. It is perhaps even more uncomfortable to be asked to speculate on […]
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Breaking The Language Barrier
International parents may find themselves feeling a bit of anxiety over developing a relationship with their surrogate when there is such a clear language barrier to overcome. We understand that the gap in miles, cultures, and languages can seem insurmountable, but these differences don’t have to be a challenge. Growing Generations has a communications team […]
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Accepting Egg Donors Nationally
Many young women who desire to become egg donors may wind up feeling as though this goal is unobtainable to them due to the state in which they live. They may believe that agencies wouldn’t be interested in out of state donors when they could choose to work with candidates who are more centrally located, […]
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Known Egg Donors
From time to time intended parents come to Growing Generations with an egg donor already in mind and, in some cases, already having agreed to be their donor. These cases, commonly called known donor cases, are more the exception than the rule. When done with proper screening and forethought, using a known donor can provide […]
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The Donor Diaries: Bec
Known egg donors are a rare circumstance in which the donor knows the intended parents outside of the IVF process. In many cases this person is a close friend or family member and may have the opportunity to remain a part of the child’s life for years to come. Known donors are certainly rarer than […]
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What is the HART Program?
HART, or HIV Assisted Reproductive Technologies, is a program that offers HIV+ men the possibility of using their own sperm for the egg donation and/or surrogacy process. It is also available to clients with other viral infections including hepatitis. The program was first offered in 2006. Since that time more than 60 babies have been […]
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Egg Donor Considerations
Egg donors invest a minimal amount of time in exchange for the gift of helping someone else have the family they otherwise would not be able to create. The compensation is also a motivating factor for many donors. But before you jump in to egg donation with both feet, there are a few key aspects […]
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Referral Program
Earn thousands of dollars while helping create families!   How it Works Years ago we created a referral program where people could earn money by referring qualified candidates to our program. Over the years the referral fees have increased, as well as opportunities to win prizes by not only referring qualified candidates, but also trying […]
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Bringing Baby Home: International Parents
As an international Intended Parent there are additional legalities that you’ll want to pay close attention as you’re preparing to bring your newborn home. We understand that you’re eager to get home and start your life as a family, but it is crucial to be sensitive to the documentation needed to get home responsibly. Perhaps […]
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The Donor Diaries: Kim
When it comes to egg donation, the easiest part for me was deciding to say yes! I started by simply realizing I just met the criteria to be an egg donor, and figured, “why not?” I loved the science of it and how so much love and so many families can be made from such […]
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Co-Owner Stuart Bell to Participate in Parenthood Panel
Growing Generations’ co-owner Stuart Bell will participate in a panel discussion on paths to parenthood in July. The discussion, which weighs the pros and cons of both surrogacy and adoption, will take place Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 1:30-3:30 pm PST and focuses on those who have become parents through both avenues. Bell, a father through surrogacy, […]
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Welcome to Growing Generations!
Our mission is simple—to help individuals and couples worldwide that want to have and raise children achieve their dreams of family. We make it easier, safer, and more enjoyable for individuals, couples, surrogates, donors and professionals to create families through assisted reproduction regardless of sexual orientation, marital status, or HIV status. Valuing your dreams of […]
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“My experience with Growing Generations was absolutely amazing….”
Blog for Kelly May 3, 2009 10:07 AM APRIL 22, 2009 My Uterus is Just Very Friendly! Well, for those of you who don’t know (I’ve hinted around a bit) it’s official, I will be a Surrogate one more time. It is no surprise to any of my readers that I LOVED the entire process. […]
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Becoming a Surrogate
Wonder how you can become a surrogate? You’ve taken the first step in helping someone help grow their family. Growing Generations has facilitated the birth of more than 1,200 babies through our surrogacy program. We understand that surrogates have many different reasons for wanting to help individuals and couples become parents and grow families. Our […]
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Equal in Every Way

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Journey through Surrogacy

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Surrogacy Overview
Why Should I Become a Surrogate? Life-changing. Fulfilling. Purposeful. These are just a few words surrogates use to describe their experience with Growing Generations’ gestational surrogacy program. In our 20+ year history, we have facilitated the births of nearly 2,000 babies, none of which would have been possible without the women who chose to become […]
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Surrogacy Qualifications: Are You a Candidate?
Ask Yourself These Questions Before Deciding Surrogacy is a life-changing experience that can be both taxing and rewarding. If you’re considering becoming a surrogate for individuals or couples seeking to build and grow a family biologically or through intention, Growing Generations requires that you meet certain qualifications when it comes to your health and finances.  […]
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Successful Surrogate Stories – Jennifer
My name is Jennifer and I am stay-at-home mom from the beautiful, frozen state of Minnesota. I am also a gestational surrogate. My husband and I are former foster parents and we adopted one of our foster children. After our son was adopted and our daughter was born we decided that our family was complete […]
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HIV Positive Intended Parent Information
From Dr. Dan Bowers to surrogates and intended parents, Thank you for your interest in the Growing Generations’ HART program, which assists intended parents with HIV to create their families through surrogacy. The goal of this program is to take every step possible to ensure the health and safety of the surrogate and the intended […]
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Compensation for Surrogates
We choose our surrogates from among the top 1% of applicants. We know they’re the best out there, and that’s why we’re so proud of our industry leading compensation package. A surrogate mother’s compensation package is about more than base pay for the surrogate mother. It’s about trust, and ensuring that she has what she […]
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The Hospital Stay for Surrogates
The big day has arrived and you’re off to the hospital to give birth. Here’s a look at what the next several days typically look like for our surrogates. When you arrive at the hospital you’ll likely be processed through check in much the same as you were with your own births. If this is […]
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Bleeding in IVF Pregnancies
Bleeding during pregnancy can be incredibly scary. Bleeding during a surrogate pregnancy can be doubly worrisome as so much care has already been taken to attain the pregnancy. Pregnancies obtained through IVF often have a higher rate of bleeding than a conventional pregnancy. Roughly 40% of women carrying an IVF pregnancy will experience bleeding. The […]
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The Surrogacy Baby Blues
The baby blues. It’s a term used to explain the anxiety and sadness that can come along with the rapid hormone changes following childbirth. While not all women will experience this anxiety or sadness, many will. Surrogates are no exception. In fact, surrogacy may be the first time you experience these feelings. The first thing […]
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Managing Post Surrogacy Relations for Surrogates
The moment you give birth a lot changes. In an instant the whole world changes for your intended parent(s). They go from planning a family, to creating a new one or growing a larger one. Their attention shifts and you go from being the star of the show to a very important supporting actress. This […]
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Egg Donation & Birth Control
Most of our egg donors come to us on some form of birth control. This is normal and expected and most times has no impact on your donation journey. However, certain methods of birth control can cause your donation journey to slow down. Here’s a look at what those birth control methods include and why […]
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Intended Mothers and Lactation
  Many parents via surrogacy will desire to have the most hands on experience possible, including the experience of breastfeeding. Some intended mothers may be surprised to learn that, despite not carrying or birthing the child herself, she is still able to produce breast milk and nurse her newborn. The process, also called adoptive breastfeeding, […]
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Making Your Surrogacy Meds Manageable
Our surrogates tell us that the day their medications arrive in the mail feels two-pronged. First they feel the excitement to begin the cycle, and then they open the box and feel completely overwhelmed. This is normal. Most of our surrogates will not be on any daily medications, so when a large box shows up […]
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International Surrogacy Law
Understanding How the Law Impacts You The number of intended parents looking to start a family with the help of an international surrogate has been steadily on the rise for more than a decade. This has prompted foreign governments and human rights groups alike to scrutinize how surrogacy affects the intent to seek or establish […]
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The Post Birth Relationship With Your Surrogate
As the birth of your baby draws near you may begin to wonder how the relationship you’ve built with your surrogate will change after delivery. The first thing you should know is that the relationship will change. That’s normal. You should also know that no matter how it changes, those changes are okay. It’s entirely […]
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Telling Your Kids That You’re a Surrogate
Telling your children that you are becoming a surrogate can seem almost as scary as telling your parents. This is news that will impact their lives in a big way, and how these young people handle the news will impact your life in a big way. How you approach the topic will vary greatly based […]
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APGAR: Your Baby’s First Test
One of the first questions new parents ask usually falls along the lines of, “Is the baby OK?” The common first question of parents has lead doctors and nurses to develop a quick test, done just moments after birth, in order to quickly assess the health of your child. This test, called the APGAR, is […]
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Causes of a Failed Embryo Transfer
The confirmation of a failed embryo transfer can feel devastating. After weeks, sometimes months, of contracts, medications, and monitoring, a negative pregnancy test result often leaves both intended parents and surrogates feeling confused, angry and even a bit hopeless. The good news is that a negative pregnancy test now does NOT mean there won’t be […]
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Misconceptions Regarding Surrogacy
Despite gaining popularity and notoriety over the past several years, many people remain a bit in the dark about the surrogacy process. While the list of misconceptions and assumptions about surrogates can be a lengthy one, many of the same fallacies are heard time and time again. Here’s a look at the most commonly misunderstood […]
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When to Share Your Big News
Becoming pregnant is a big deal. When pregnancy is achieved through surrogacy it can be an even bigger deal. Despite your unique conception story, you now get to make the first tough decision of the pregnancy; when to tell your friends that someone else is carrying your child! Here’s a look at when many intended […]
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Telling Your Boss About Surrogacy
Telling your boss that you’re pregnant can be stressful. When the baby you’ll be carrying isn’t your own, telling the boss your big news can seem overwhelming. Depending on your relationship with your boss and the workplace atmosphere, you’ll first need to decide if you’re an early sharer or a late sharer. If you have […]
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What to Expect on Beta Day
At the close of the two week wait comes the day that your months of preparation have all led towards. The big blood draw that will conclude if the transfer worked, if your surrogate is pregnant, and if your road to parenthood is well underway! On Beta Day, your surrogate will report to her monitoring […]
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Labor & Delivery Terminology
The labor and delivery process is the most emotional, nerve wracking, exciting, overwhelming and, more than anything, confusing day of your journey. After all, your entire life is about to change forever! Here’s a look at a few of the terms that you may hear flying around during the hours that lead up to the […]
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International Surrogacy
Building and maintaining an open relationship with your surrogate is often listed as an item of key importance to most intended parents. When there is an ocean (or many miles) between your surrogate and yourself it can feel overwhelming even coming up with a way to start conversations, much less grow a strong relationship. First […]
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What to Expect on Transfer Day
Transfer Day can feel like the apex of your journey to this point. In many ways it is exactly that. Months of effort have gone into preparing for this day. Here’s a look at what happens on this very memorable day. Your surrogate and, if you are able to attend, you will arrive at the […]
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European Tour Details Announced
Hello Growing Generations Family! We are pleased to announce details regarding Jessica Junyent’s upcoming trip to France, Italy, and Spain. Jessica will be in Europe from June 15th through June 22nd. Jessica will be traveling with Dr. Said Daneshmand and Dr. Shapiro holding educational seminars. Dr. Daneshmand and Dr. Shapiro are IVF physicians and practice […]
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Third Trimester Medical Jargon
Each new trimester of pregnancy brings with it new terminology and jargon. Just as soon as you’re feeling comfortable with one set of terms, the calendar page flips, your surrogate is in a new trimester, and it’s time to learn a new batch of vocabulary words. The jargon will be familiar to her as someone […]
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Characteristics of a Great Egg Donor
Wondering if you’ve got what it takes to make a great egg donor? While there are all types of women who make wonderful egg donors, we find that we run into similar personality traits time and time again when it comes to our most successful donors. Perhaps the most important trait to possess is the […]
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A Surrogate’s Medical Protocol- Surrogacy Medications
Women entering surrogacy are typically placed on a regimen of hormone therapies to aid in preparing the uterus for the embryo transfer, and aid in maintaining the pregnancy. Some of the medications you can expect to be on during your medical cycle may include: Estrogen– You are likely to be on at least one form […]
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Mock Cycle vs. Dropped Cycle
Another bit of jargon you may encounter on your way to transfer day includes the terms, “mock cycle” and “dropped cycle.” Both are terms that are used when a surrogate takes medications as directed but does not transfer an embryo at the end of the cycle. Here’s a look at what each term means and […]
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Will Egg Donors Develop Attachment?
One of the most common questions potential egg donors ask us is, “Will I feel an emotional attachment to the baby resulting from my donation?” This concern is one that is echoed by those learning that you’re planning to donate your eggs. Rest assured that this is a normal concern and feel secure in the […]
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Surro-Support For Surrogates
Growing Generations takes pride in providing comprehensive care and support to our surrogates during every phase of their journey. As part of our commitment to provide that support, surrogates receive monthly links to our “Surro-Support ™” survey. The survey, completed online, is designed as a way to check in on all areas of the surrogate’s […]
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Asking Your Surrogate for Breastmilk
Breast milk is highly regarded by health professionals as the most complete nutrition available to your newborn. The benefits of human breast milk for a newborn are well known and include: An infant who is more resistant to disease and infection in the first year of life A child who will be less likely to […]
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The Donor Diaries: Kristin
Choosing to be an egg donor was a decision that I arrived at easily. I actually made the decision at 13 after reading an article while on an airplane. I remember thinking that was such a cool thing to do, and putting it on my back burner. In my 20’s I had developed a love […]
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Understanding Surrogacy Jargon Part 2
Previously we listed some terms that you’re likely to see before and leading up to transfer. The vocabulary of third party reproduction doesn’t stop at transfer though. With each new phase there are new keywords and shorthand abbreviations as well. Here’s a list of new terms that you may start to hear once the embryo […]
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Becoming an Egg Donor
From time to time we run into women who have the heart for third party reproduction and a great desire to help build a family through surrogacy but find themselves unable to proceed with the surrogacy process. These women may live in states that are unfavorable to surrogacy or may not be mother’s themselves, a […]
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Clarifying Surrogacy to Others
Our surrogates tell us they are frequently asked, “How can you just give your baby away?” That sort of question, while most likely asked out of ignorance and honest curiosity with no malice intended, can leave you feeling flustered and at a loss for proper reply. Remember that you do not have to justify your […]
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The Surrogate Screening Process
The surrogate screening process is not something we take lightly at Growing Generations. It is very important to us that you have the best possible experience, and your surrogate is a huge part of that experience. So we help take the guesswork out of choosing your surrogate. We screen all potential surrogates on a myriad […]
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Encapsulating & Consuming Placenta
A current trend in the surrogacy community is for a surrogate to seek the rights to the placenta created as part of her surrogacy for the purpose of encapsulation or consumption. With potential benefits including a quicker post natal recovery time, fewer instances of the “baby blues”, increased breast milk supply and greater energy reserves, […]
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Three Don’ts of Surrogacy for Intended Parents
There are plenty of wonderful informative articles advising you about ways to have a successful surrogacy. What you may not find so easily are the “Don’ts of Surrogacy” for Intended Parents. That’s because there is no one right or wrong way to approach this journey of a lifetime. What works for one couple may not […]
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Egg Retrieval- What to Expect
By the time an egg donor or IM reaches her retrieval day she very fertile and ready to have upwards of 30 eggs extracted! The idea of something coded as a minor surgical procedure can sound a little scary, but the truth is that this is a very routine in office process that is generally […]
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Progesterone, a Look at the Oils
A surrogate will frequently be prescribed intramuscular injections of progesterone. The hormone is used to help aid in sustaining a pregnancy achieved through IVF and is typically given daily for the first ten to twelve weeks. The progesterone is mixed with an oil to create an injectable compound. There are several different types of oils […]
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HART Program FAQs
Earlier this week Yahoo Parenting ran this story about a man living with an HIV positive diagnosis. This man is also a father through surrogacy. That breakthrough was made possible through the use of our HART program. Here are a few frequently asked questions about the program. What is HART? HART stands for HIV Assisted Reproductive Technologies. […]
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Easy Conceptions Don’t Always Mean Surrogate Success
Plenty of women considering surrogacy assume that having the ability to conceive easily on their own is a surrogate mother prerequisite. In fact, many women desiring to become surrogates tell us their ease of conception is one of the reasons they feel most confident in their ability to conceive as a surrogate. While it can […]
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An Egg Donor’s Timeline- 8 Simple Steps
Once you make the emotionally rewarding decision to become an egg donor, you’ll probably start wondering about what you’ll need to do to get started. Here’s a bird’s eye view of the entire process; from where you are right now through donation day.
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The Jargon of Surrogacy; Part 1
The jargon of gestational surrogacy can be a lot to take in. Surrounded by shorthand abbreviations and phrases that you’re not likely to hear at your local coffee shop, it can often be a bit overwhelming. Here’s a glimpse at some of the phrases you may hear leading up to your first transfer.   IPs– […]
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Social Media & the Surrogate
Today’s ever present availability of information on the go keeps most of us on our toes and plugged in at all times. It will be no different for you as you move through your surrogacy journey. While social media sites like Facebook can bring family and friends ever closer together, there are considerations you should […]
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How To Handle Tricky Things Strangers Say to Surrogates
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. […]
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Growing a Great Relationship with your Surrogate
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 […]
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Egg Donor Sibling Journey
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 […]
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A Rough Timeline for Intended Parents
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 […]
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Four Things That Can Delay Your Surrogacy
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 […]
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Considering Egg Donation? Here Are Five Reasons You Definitely Should Be
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 […]
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Mandy’s Surrogate Story
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 […]
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Top Children’s Books About Egg Donation
Explaining Egg Donors to Your Children Stories have always been a powerful communication tool, and that’s no different when we’re talking to little ones about about how they were created. Whether you’re an egg donor, surrogate or intended parent, you likely will be excited and proud to tell your current and future children about your […]
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Surrogacy Books For Children
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 […]
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Surrogacy Sibling Journey
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.
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9 Reasons to Become a Surrogate
The reasons a woman chooses to become a surrogate can be endless. Chances are, if you’re considering making this life changing choice, you’ve already compiled a list of reasons and benefits. Even so, here are nine more benefits to consider; one for each month you’ll be carrying a child. 1. Giving Life. Surrogates are given […]
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Growing Generations’ Surrogate Screening Process- Part Two
Growing Generations’ process for screening their surrogates is renowned, partly because they are committed to thoroughly screening potential surrogates before they are matched with Intended Parents. The first part of Growing Generations’ screening process dealt with the online application. We pick up our series at the New Surrogate Phone Consultation. The Consult call is an […]
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Common Misconceptions about being an Egg Donor
Many people have misconceptions about being an egg donor. Here are some of the most common myths about egg donation. #1. The only women who need the help of an egg donor are older. Untrue. Although women can “age out” out of prime fertility years, many couples of all ages have infertility problems or other […]
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Surrogacy & The Surrogacy Process
Having a child through a surrogate is a process that has both medical, legal and financial implications. As a result, it is best to work through an experienced agency. There are six broad steps. 1. Book a consult with the agency The consultation process will typically walk the potential parents through the surrogacy process, including […]
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Growing Generations’ Surrogate Screening Process- Part One
Growing Generations is committed to thoroughly screening potential surrogates. The surrogacy process will take several months, starting with the screening and ending in birth. Although richly rewarding, surrogacy should not be entered into lightly. When the potential surrogate fills out the online surrogate application, an informational questionnaire, her answers are screened to determine if she […]
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Growing Generations Seeks Egg Donors
Have you ever thought about being an Egg Donor?  Here’s a quick video that will explain the process. For more information on Egg Donation click HERE.
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The Importance of Pre-Screening Egg Donors
Egg donors generously help couples who can’t otherwise have children on their own create families. Not only is the egg donor donating an egg, but half of the resulting baby’s genetic and medical history is donated as well. As a result, it is very important that intended parents and agencies carefully pre-screen egg donors for […]
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How to Choose an Egg Donation Agency
Type “egg donation” into the Google search box and immediately on the right side of your computer screen will be a list of egg donor companies. Just because they show up on a Google search doesn’t mean they are reputable. In recent years, the egg donation business has exploded and not all companies are created […]
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Ethical Surrogacy in the United States: A Free Educational Seminar
Dr. Kim Bergman will be traveling to Australia to take part in three free educational seminars regarding Ethical Surrogacy in the United States. In this two-hour seminar you will hear everything you need to know to move forward in your journey to parenthood through surrogacy.
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A Surrogate’s Story: Kelly
Kelly is a mother of three, step-mom to one and a surrogate mom to five. Kelly is a college instructor who also works with Growing Generations. She notes that the first time she heard about surrogacy was in high school and she was intrigued. “Up until then I had not realized that people had issues […]
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An Egg Donor’s Story: Mary
Mary* decided when she was 13 years old that she wanted to be an egg donor. She was traveling by airplane with her mother and read about egg donation in an in-flight magazine. Mary turned to her mother and asked her opinion. Her mother told her it was something she might want to do when […]
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Disclosing Your Plans to be a Surrogate Mom to Family and Friends
There is no one perfect time or way to tell friends and family that you are going to be a surrogate. However, being a surrogate involves a pregnancy, so it may be a more comfortable and enjoyable experience with the support of your family and friends.
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How to Become a Surrogate
A key component of a surrogacy arrangement is the surrogate. One of the primary requirements of becoming a surrogate is that the applicant must have given birth previously. This rule is for both medical and psychological reasons. Typically, a surrogate is between the ages of 21 and 35. However, some of our returning surrogates have […]
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From Match to Delivery: What every surrogate should know
From matching until delivery, your surrogacy journey will likely take 18 months or longer. It could be shorter, but it is safe to count on a minimum of 18 months. As you can see, it’s really important that you are committed for the long haul. Many surrogates will participate in more than one transfer before […]
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Beginning your Journey as a Surrogate: 3 keys to a successful experience
Surrogacy is a collaborative effort among a whole group of people, all with the goal of helping someone become a parent. Three things will help make your surrogacy journey successful: Trust: as a foundation, not a blind “do whatever we say” trust. It needs to be at the core and in all directions. It is […]
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Four Myths About Gay Parenting
If you wish to start a family through surrogacy but worry about what some might say or think, here are some things to consider. Most negative stereotypes about gay surrogacy stem from discrimination, misinformation or a general lack of information. While nearly all of these claims purport to have the child’s welfare in mind, they […]
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Egg Donation FAQ for Donors
If you are a healthy, attractive, educated woman between the ages of 21 and 30, and you would like to help someone conceive a child, you may want to consider becoming an egg donor. You should be aware that during the screening process you will be required to undergo medical and psychological evaluation. Here are […]
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Surrogacy Using Your Own Eggs or Known Donor: What will this Process Cost Me?
  Using your own eggs, or the eggs of a known donor whom you are not compensating or paying an agency, can often save you $16,000 to $20,000 or more. But if you are using eggs over the age 35, it might take you longer to achieve pregnancy. A 2012 study from the Center for […]
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Surrogacy Using an Egg donor: What will this process cost me?
There are several factors that will impact your total costs of the surrogacy and egg donation process. Probably the most significant is egg age. Whether you are using your own eggs, or those of an egg donor, your odds for success tend to reduce with increases in age. Those of our clients using an egg […]
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Egg Donation FAQ for Intended Parents
Whether you are working with a surrogacy program, or you are unable to achieve pregnancy using your own eggs but can still carry, or you are a gay intended parent, to help you start a family you may be interested in the possibility of using egg donors to help you conceive. Here are some of […]
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What to Expect When You’re a Surrogate
If you are considering becoming a surrogate, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. Here are some of the most common ones related to surrogate motherhood.  The Screening and the Match Once you have been accepted as a surrogate, before being matched with intended parents, you will be thoroughly screened. The screening process […]
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Understanding Different Types of Surrogacy
Surrogacy involves a woman who carries a child to term and then relinquishes the baby to the intended parent(s) upon delivery. There are two main types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational.  Traditional Surrogacy This type is usually the less costly form, however is also less common. The surrogate mother is impregnated with semen from the […]
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Preparing For Your Surrogate Baby’s Arrival
You are having an exhilarating journey through your surrogate pregnancy and you are eagerly awaiting the arrival for your little one. One important and exciting part of waiting for your new baby is making your home a happy and welcoming place. This is a great activity to keep you and your partner occupied, especially during […]
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Saving for Surrogacy
If you have chosen surrogacy as a way to realize your dream of parenthood, you are already beginning to understand that this can be a costly procedure. However you also know that it will be well worth it when your baby arrives.  Ways to Save Money on your Journey There are a number of ways […]
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Considerations for Choosing a Surrogate Mother
Whether you are a single man or woman or a couple, you may choose to use a surrogate to help bring your dreams of parenthood to reality. When you’ve decided to choose a surrogate mother to help you start a family, there are still further options to consider, like whether you’ll use traditional or gestational […]
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Egg Donor Requirements
When applying to become an egg donor with Growing Generations,  your first step is to answer  questions regarding your family and personal health history. All potential egg donors will go through a thorough selection process during which time you will be interviewed by one of our specialists who will address your questions and concerns. We […]
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Some Key Aspects of Egg Donation
Many young women donate eggs in order to help others who want to become parents but who are otherwise unable to. Some women donate their eggs for altruistic reasons, while others choose to donate for a fee. While the risks in egg donation are few, it’s important to carefully consider if egg donation is right […]
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So You’re Thinking of Becoming a Surrogate: Legal Contracts
You may be thinking of becoming a surrogate because you want to help people who are unable to conceive children. This is an admirable desire, and there are some legal provisions to consider. A Legal Contract Many states require a legal contract between you as a surrogate and the intended parents. This is commonly known […]
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Understanding the Gay Surrogacy Process
Gay surrogacy is an option for gay men and women who require the help of a surrogate mother and/or ovum donation to conceive a child. Ovum Donation For gay male couples, you can choose which partner will donate the sperm or you may decide to split the retrieved eggs and each fertilize half, implanting into […]
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Understanding the Terminology of Gestational Surrogacy
Once you have chosen to create your family through a surrogate, there are things you will want to know in order to better understand the next steps of the process. The first is learning the terminology of gestational surrogacy. What is a Gestational Carrier? There are different types of surrogates or gestational carriers. For instance, […]
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Parenting by Choice, Dr. Bergman Shares her Expertise with Kids in the House
You may know Dr. Kim Bergman as the co-owner of Growing Generations and Fertility Counseling Services but did you know that she writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice? She is an expert in her field and has taken that expertise to a great website, Kids in the House (kidsinthehouse.com), where she has a […]
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France & 46 Other Member Nations Must Recognize Parentage in Foreign Surrogate Births, EU Court Rules
In a groundbreaking decision June 26, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in two cases that France must recognize the parental relationship of parents who have genetically related children via surrogacy in other countries. According to our colleague, French attorney Caroline Mecary, the ruling, which applies to all 47 member nations of the Council […]
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Where did the year go?!
So much has happened during the first half of the year and I’d like to give you an update on what we’ve been up to. Just this month, in time for Father’s Day, three different pieces involving surrogacy hit the web. First, The Desert Sun ran a story (print/online) entitled, “Gay men looking to surrogacy […]
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Chinese Surrogacy
An important decision deserves a dedicated team. Growing Generations’ surrogacy team has helped deliver the dream of parenthood to clients from over 30 different countries around the world. Understanding the needs of each culture with which we interact is a specialty of ours. The GG Chinese Surrogacy Program was designed for our Chinese-speaking clients to […]
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Everything You Need to Know About Surrogacy for Gay Men
History of Gay Surrogacy After the first successful gestational surrogacy attempt in 1985, intended parents were able to choose an egg donor and a surrogate to have children. Growing Generations was founded in 1996 with a specific focus on helping gay men become parents.  Our founders were frustrated with the many agencies turning away gay […]
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Surrogate Blogging: I am a mother and then some
Ever wonder who are "these women" who become Surrogates? Why would they carry a baby for someone else? Here is a Mother's Day inspired blog shared with us from Kelly, a three time Gestational Surrogate.
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Creating a Relationship with your Surrogate
It’s important during this phase of your process to establish the foundation of your relationship with your surrogate.  Here’s what I hear from surrogates about what they are looking for. Surrogates are not looking for a new best friend. Their goal is to help you create your family and the pay-off for them is seeing […]
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Picking an Egg Donor – 6 years later
As I stare at a picture of my beautiful son who is almost 5 years old, I see a unique, one-of-a-kind human.  I see the makings of a wonderful man whose constant growth astounds me.  I see a child who is so much a part of my heart that it sometimes feels as if it […]
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Donate an Egg-How to Become an Egg Donor
Egg Donor Program Overview With all the information out there about egg donation, it’s important to keep it simple. Growing Generations has performed thousands of egg donation cycles and, while each one is a unique experience for every participant, the process is not as complicated as you might think. We aim to guide you through […]
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Find an Egg Donor-How it Works
Finding an egg donor shouldn’t be difficult. We make it easy. Growing Generations provides a full-service, hands-on approach to the egg donation process. From egg donor selection to the egg retrieval, we want to ensure that intended parents feel comfortable, have their questions answered, and are excited. Below are the five steps of the egg […]
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Questions?
What You Need to Know About Surrogacy Becoming a surrogate is a big step. If you are considering taking that step, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have specific questions that are not reflected, feel free to contact us at email hidden; JavaScript […]
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Being a Parent through Surrogacy
What is Surrogacy? To put it simply, it takes four ingredients make a baby: an egg, a sperm, a womb to grow in, and a family to go home to. You have the last ingredient, but you need a place for your baby to grow, and that’s why you’re here. Gestational surrogacy offers those who […]
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Son of Iowa Lesbians Fights Gay Marriage Ban
The latest Internet hero is Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa engineering student and Eagle Scout whose parents are lesbians. Wahls gave a three-minute speech Tuesday before Iowa legislators urging them not to pass a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage and civil unions.
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Ultra Modern Family: Growing Generations’ Family Featured on ABC News’ Nightline
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Growing Generations Applauds Historic Ruling Striking Down Anti-Gay Proposition 8 and Paving the Way for Marriage Equality
“This is a day we have all dreamed of and while our mission over the years has expanded to include all family types, this victory will provide the first steps at equality for our gay and lesbian families who are the foundation of our company’s history,” said Growing Generations Co-Owner Dr. Kim Bergman. “Both gay […]
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GG Family Shares Their Story
“How do you feel about kids?” I asked. “I love kids” he replied. Good answer. Deal breaker number one successfully hurdled. I don’t remember asking this question on our first date. Usually, I would be more cautious, making sure not to scare away such a handsome suitor as Todd. Off limits were politics, old familial […]
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A Growing Number of Gay Couples are Using Surrogacy to Become Fathers
Like most new dads, Noel Cabrera and Carlton Hock look forward to their first Father’s Day with twins Andrew and Erin, but say they have nothing special planned. “We live day-to-day with the babies,” Cabrera said. “It’s a matter of just getting through the day.”
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Growing Generations Announces First Ever Surrogacy Financing Program
LOS ANGELES, June 14 /PRNewswire/ — The nation’s largest surrogacy agency announced today the creation of the first ever financing program for clients who are creating or expanding their families through surrogacy. Growing Generations unique program will provide up to $100,000 in financing for qualifying clients working with the company’s surrogacy program. The loans offer […]
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Babies Born to HIV-Positive Growing Generations Surrogacy Clients to Double in 2010
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ — The nation’s largest surrogacy agency announced today that the number of babies born to HIV-positive clients is expected to more than double in 2010 as its program for HIV-positive men using their own sperm to create embryos continues to expand in the U.S. and abroad. In 2009, Growing Generations […]
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Becoming An Egg Donor
Growing Generations starts the process of looking for egg donors with an initial survey that will get an idea of the potential donor’s age, overall health, basic personality and motivation for wanting to donate. GG has performed thousands of egg donation cycles, and while each is unique, the process is more straightforward than most people […]
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Successful Surrogate Stories – Kelly
Kelly is mommy to Ruby, Preston, and Sawyer. She is a 3x Gestational Surrogate, having delivered two sets of twins and a singleton for three different GG families. Kelly teaches in the Psychology Department at American River College in Sacramento and enjoys spreading the word about how amazing Ethical Surrogacy can be, including running a […]
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Being a Surrogate for a HIV Positive Intended Parent
Dear Surrogate, Thank you for your interest in our program which assists people with HIV to create their families through surrogacy. The goal of this program is take every step possible to ensure the health and safety of the surrogate and the intended parent’s child by utilizing the very latest advances in assisted reproduction techniques, […]
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IVF with a Surrogate
Couples and individuals planning to work with Growing Generations on growing their family naturally have many questions about the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. Growing Generations makes this as straightforward a process as possible, although it does take considerable time and effort. Surrogates are screened thoroughly by GG for their medical history, obstetric history, medications, […]
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Successful Surrogate Stories – Angela
I’m Angela from Texas and I have two successful surrogate stories to share with you. I’ve been a surrogate twice – once for an infertile couple and once for a single gay man. My husband and children were very much involved in my gestational surrogacy. We called it “babysitting.” It has always been something WE […]
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Egg Donor Compensation
Egg Donor Benefits and Covered Expenses It can be difficult to talk about money. So, let us make this easy and explain how egg donors are paid and what expenses are covered during the egg donation process. How much are egg donors paid? Egg donors are paid for every donation and have the potential to […]
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Breaking Down the Cost of an Egg Donation
If you are considering an egg donor and/or surrogate to begin your process of building a family, Growing Generations knows that cost can be a factor in making your decision. Cost Breakdown In addition to the standard costs for egg donation, be sure to factor in the medical costs for the in vitro fertilization (IVF) […]
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Understanding Costs
How Much Does a Surrogate Cost? The cost of working with a surrogate mother varies from $115,000-$200,000, depending on each individual situation. We know the range is significant, and the good news is that you have ability to make decisions that will help you control where you fall within the ranges provided. These are the […]
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The IVF Process for Surrogates
Growing Generations couldn’t do this without our wonderful surrogates and we want to make the process as positive an experience as possible. Once selected to be a potential surrogate, you will visit the medical office in Los Angeles and a physician will go over your medical, personal and obstetric history in detail. Blood tests will […]
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Financing
Financing your surrogacy or egg donation process is a real possibility utilized by many of our clients residing in the United States. Through New Life Fertility Finance, Growing Generations is able to offer you a long-term financing option with low annual percentage rates. The world’s leading surrogacy and in vitro fertilization (IVF) insurance solution provider, […]
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Financing your surrogacy or egg donation process is a real possibility utilized by many of our clients residing in the United States. Through New Life Fertility Finance, Growing Generations is able to offer you a long-term financing option with low annual percentage rates. The world’s leading surrogacy and in vitro fertilization (IVF) insurance solution provider, […]
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Successful Surrogate Stories – Anita
My name is Anita from California and I have five successful surrogate stories to share with you. I’ve been involved with a gestational surrogacy five times. Yes, that’s right. Five times. Why? It changed me profoundly. I went from being an ordinary person in a tiny little town, to being part of something extraordinary. I […]
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Questions About Being an Egg Donor
Being an Egg Donor If you are a healthy attractive woman between the ages of 21-30 and interested in becoming an egg donor, you probably have questions. We have answers! Here are the most common questions we hear from women interested in becoming an egg donor. If you have a question we haven’t answered, we […]
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The IVF Process for Egg Donors
Growing Generations wants to thank all our egg donors and potential egg donors for the wonderful service they are performing for our parents. So what is the process like? Growing Generations has an entire team of people who will make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible. First, you will talk with a psychologist […]
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Successful Surrogate Stories – Dawn
I’m Dawn from Ohio and I’d like to share my two successful surrogate stories with you. I’ve always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. My husband and I had other dreams too, but we didn’t think they were achievable. All that changed because of gestational surrogacy. I am still shocked by how much I’ve grown […]
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Questions?
Understanding our Egg Donation Program If you wish to participate in our egg donation program at Growing Generations as an intended parent, there are probably a number of questions you have in mind. Here is a rundown of some of the most frequently raised questions. If you have specific questions that are not reflected, feel […]
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Surrogate Stories
All of our surrogates are amazing and have incredible stories to share. It was tough to pick just a few to share with you here, but we believe these women represent the stories of many surrogates in our program. Apply Today
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Client service is our number one priority. At Growing Generations, we make it safer, easier and more enjoyable for individuals and couples, surrogates, donors and professionals to grow families through assisted reproduction. Our program has been 100% successful for our clients in all the key areas that matter the most: legal, insurance, and surrogate matching. […]
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Successful Surrogate Stories – Rachel
Hello. I’m Rachel from California. I got started after seeing a special about infertility on TV. I thought being a surrogate mother would be a great opportunity to give and I was right. I think that being able to help someone, either straight or gay, have children is great honor. It made me feel like […]
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From Dreams to Reality: Biological Family Building For Men with HIV Growing Generations believes HIV-positive men should have the opportunity to become fathers just as much as anyone else. Thanks to a service we developed in 2006, more than 100 babies have been born to parents with HIV, and that number is steadily growing each […]
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From Dreams to Reality: Biological Family Building For Men with HIV Growing Generations believes HIV-positive men should have the opportunity to become fathers just as much as anyone else. Thanks to a service we developed in 2006, more than 100 babies have been born to parents with HIV, and that number is steadily growing each […]
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Successful Surrogate Stories – Tina
I’m Tina from South Dakota and I have many successful surrogate stories to share with you. As a surrogate mother, I’ve had a little bit of everything. I’ve carried for straights, gays, US citizens and International couples — the works. After I had my own twins, I read a story about a gal who struggled […]
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History of Growing Generations
1996 0 Babies 2004 297 Babies 2019 1,813 Babies Begin with what you believe in and be prepared to watch your beliefs expand. When we started Growing Generations, we did it to help an under-served segment of intended parents—the gay community. At that time, egg donation was still considered taboo, and so most surrogates used their […]
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Credo Growing Generations is a place where passion and commitment fulfill dreams and deliver an experience that is treasured forever. We are a family building families through surrogacy and egg donation, driven by unparalleled safety and quality standards. The Growing Generations experience inspires trust, creates legacy and makes the impossible possible. Growing Generations’ Motto We […]
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A Welcome Note from GG Hearing about the surrogacy and egg donation processes from the experts is one thing. But to learn about it from the mouths of those who have experienced it, and to see it in the faces of their children is another thing entirely. So, sit back, maybe grab some tissues, and […]
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Understanding IVF with an Egg Donor
So you are interested in becoming an egg donor, but maybe you want more information on how the medical process works. Here at Growing Generations we have a team of experts who are dedicated to ensuring that the whole process, from the initial application to the egg retrieval procedure, runs smoothly and efficiently so you […]
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IVF with an Egg Donor and Surrogate
If you are using a surrogate and an egg donor, you may be interested in learning more about the medical process. After being selected by intended parents, each of our egg donors has an initial consultation with an independent geneticist who will generate a report based on the donor’s ethnicity and medical history. This report […]
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IVF for HIV+ Parents
Did you know that HIV+ men can safely become biological fathers through in vitro fertilization (IVF)? Through the advances in HIV treatment and care, it is now possible to get viral loads down to undetectable levels in HIV+ men. This means that men who are on long-term HIV medications, have an undetectable viral load, haven’t […]
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Testimonials
Hearing about the surrogacy and egg donation processes from the experts is one thing. But to learn about it from the mouths of those who have experienced it, and to see it in the faces of their children is another thing entirely. So, sit back, maybe grab some tissues, and enjoy as three GG families […]
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Our team is crazy about what they do. They strive to have the best lives they can and we expect nothing less of them. They believe in family, they believe in their team, and they believe in being of service to others by helping you to fulfill your dreams. Put simply, they seek to deliver […]
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Growing Generations provides surrogacy and egg donation services within the U.S. to clients from around the world. We bring together all of the necessary pieces to offer one seamless process, and have guided thousands of clients, from over 60 different countries, through one of life’s most inspiring journeys. Our mission is to build families around […]
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