Most aspiring surrogates are motivated by altruism. Their primary goal is helping others create or grow their own families. Even with these motives, compensation remains a strong consideration among many would-be surrogates. It is normal to compare benefits and compensation from agency to agency as you look for the best fit for you. What you’re likely to find is that comparing benefits isn’t as straightforward as you might think.
Growing Generations is quite proud of our competitive benefits package. We’re also incredibly proud of being one of the only agencies to share their complete benefits package with everyone who requests it, without any commitment or obligation.
While we can’t speak for other agencies, here’s a breakdown of what to expect when you review our benefits package. Continue reading →
Part of your many traditional surrogate benefits packages includes a monthly “allowance.” For most agencies, this begins once you are issued legal clearance and concludes six weeks after the birth of a surrogate child.
You will be entitled to reimbursement for a variety of things during your surrogacy journey. While the entire reimbursement process and covered expenses are outlined in your financial handbook, here is a basic break down of the process for quick reference.
Growing Generations takes great pride in operating with the highest ethical standards possible. It is our goal to ensure that you understand every step of your process and that the only surprises you encounter are happy ones. As a result, we are exceedingly proud to be one of the only surrogacy agencies to share information from our compensation package online, and are happy to answer any questions you may have at any stage of your journey. Continue reading →
The need for a surrogate in a male-male coupling is obvious. The necessity for a surrogate when an intended mother is in the equation is less clear. There are many reasons an intended mother may need the assistance of a surrogate to complete her family. Many of these reasons are deeply personal and rarely discussed openly due to their sensitive nature. One potential reason a woman may need a surrogate is if she is a cancer survivor.
Cancer can most obviously attack a woman’s fertility if the tumors are effecting her reproductive organs directly. Continue reading →
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 up that she didn’t need my help, but at that point the seed was planted.
I started doing some research and ultimately wound up applying with Growing Generations. I was so excited to jump in and help someone start a family. But it turns out, surrogacy isn’t always what you expect it to be. Continue reading →
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 how the process works.
The first thing to understand is that calendars can not be created until every other requirement has been met by you and your intended parents. Continue reading →
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 chance. Success rates of pregnancy through IVF are good, and can even be great, but they are not absolute. Failed transfers can and do happen. This does not mean that you will never achieve pregnancy or that it’s a lost cause to continue trying. Continue reading →
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 most likely to experience a yeast infection. Continue reading →
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 as half of those women may not even know they have it. Continue reading →