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 are a few tips that can help you create a profile that showcases who you are and how awesome your family is!
Take Your Time
The best thing you can do is slow down. We understand that this is exciting and that the more quickly you create your profile the more quickly you can be matched. However, as you will often be reminded, surrogacy is a marathon, not a sprint. Continue reading
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 you may have some initial concerns as to why we’re asking you for this information.
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 an application for New Life Agency, NLA, a surrogacy-specific insurer used by many of our surrogates. Continue reading
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 for my previous 2 experiences. Then I met a new Growing Generations’ case specialist who said she had someone perfect for me. There was a catch though; they lived in China and spoke very broken English.
When my husband and I met the intended mother at the match meeting, the language barrier was a little awkward for everyone. Even so, I could tell that she was a lovely person. Everyone is a little nervous at match meeting, and you want to make the best impression. This woman was animated and kind during the conversation, and I didn’t need to speak the language to know that. Continue reading
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. Then, a quick and simple blood pull tells you whether or not you have come down with gestational diabetes.
Okay. Okay… it’s not torture. At least not for me. I actually kind of like the orange flavored syrup. It reminds me of High C- orange punch from McDonalds when the mix is a bit unbalanced and you get a tad more syrup than water. Yum. I really can’t comprehend why so many pregnant women make such a big deal over it.
The real torture comes later… Continue reading
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.
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 a look at your personal insurance to see if it covers surrogacy pregnancy and, if it does not, if you qualify for either the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or a surrogacy specific policy through New Life Agency (NLA). This means you will apply for insurance even if you presently have your own coverage plan.
Often surrogates will come to us asking 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 with one of their own private practice IVF physicians or to select one of our partner doctors.
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.
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 your previous pregnancies have gone. They’ll let our doctors know if you experienced any complications or had any reason for your doctor to express concern over your health moving forward.
Obtaining these records is often an exercise in patience, but not difficult. It generally requires that you call your OBGYN and ask for the records to be released. This will often mean that you need to sign a release form at the doctor’s office. Thanks to advances in technology, this is often done from the comfort of your own home via email.