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
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
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 beyond just standard of care with my OBGYN, but, we found my blood pressure to be higher than it normally is for me and my blood platelets to be slightly lower than they normally are for me. I wasn’t near a pre-eclampsia diagnosis at all, but given the sliding numbers and the fact that we had made it to full term, we decided that it’d be best to induce a labor and have the babies now, as opposed to
giving my body the time and opportunity to allow something to go wrong.
So, we set a date to have some babies.
And, they didn’t really want to listen.
Babies never listen.