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 an exciting day! The pomp and circumstance of this day is part of what makes it special. While a handful of intended parents will Continue reading
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 monitor your blood hormone levels to ensure that your HCG levels return to zero on their own. Your body will typically experience a slow bleed for up to a week following the miscarriage or procedure. The cessation of the bleed is generally an indication that the HCG levels have returned to zero. Continue reading
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 this!
The answer to the most frequently asked question we receive is yes- your needles and injectable medications will be allowed to pass through a TSA checkpoint with no issues. Many surrogates fear that the needles could be viewed as weapons, and that you may get in trouble for having them on you. Understand that medical equipment is generally viewed in a different light than other everyday items and is rarely an issue for security guards. Continue reading
In the event of a miscarriage or otherwise abnormal pregnancy, you may elect to undergo a dilation & curettage (D&C) procedure. The D&C can be a first line treatment option for clearing the uterus, or also in cases where body does not expel all tissue from the on uterus on its own. In this case a D&C is necessary Continue reading
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 when your period will return. While many factors can impact the length of time between birth and the return of the first period, most women will experience a return of menses Continue reading
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 our benefits packages that offered an optional, nominal weekly fee specifically designated for housekeeping assistance. What we found, however, was that this fee often didn’t cover the amount of housekeeping desired, based on regional price differences. Additionally, surrogates only became eligible for the stipend in the late second to early third trimester, while some women said they could really have used the help more in the first trimester when exhaustion is at its height.
So, in 2017, we decided to break all of the rules. Continue reading
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.
But we’re not most agencies. Continue reading
You will be entitled to reimbursement for a variety of things during your surrogacy journey. While the entire reimbursement process and covered expenses are outlined in your financial handbook, here is a basic break down of the process for quick reference.
What is Covered
For the most part, reimbursements will apply to Continue reading
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