You’ve just had your first ultrasound and everything looks great. In fact, it looks perfect. You saw two heartbeats. Twins! You’re pretty excited, and your intended parents are over the moon. But everyone is telling you to calm down, and not get too excited about twins just yet.
The reason behind the caution is simple. The unfortunate reality is that, with the help of IVF, multiples pregnancies are becoming more and more common. This is, in part, because Continue reading
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 the pregnancy progresses.
As the media begins to cover positive surrogacy stories showcasing these deep bonds and lifelong friendships between parents and their surrogate, it is only natural to want this connection for yourself. The first step to attempting this is to Continue reading
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 odds of developing gestational diabetes, there are certain elements of a surrogate pregnancy that may contribute to a more significant insulin resistance and, as a result, the development of gestational diabetes.
According to the Mayo clinic, the risk for developing gestational diabetes raises with the following factors: Continue reading
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