Once your embryos have been created your first question to the doctor may be, “How good do the embryos look?” The answer you receive is typically referred to as the embryo’s “grade.” For many intended parents, the answer might as well be delivered in a foreign language. IVF is likely very new to you, and being told that your embryos are a 2.5 may not do much to answer your original question.
Embryo grading is determined by several factors, the first being the day in which the grade is given. Grades are typically delivered on either day three or day five of growth. Continue reading →
It is very likely that you will have embryos remaining at the conclusion of your journey. Most intended parents will choose to freeze these embryos until they can decide what to do with them. In many cases, a time will come when you are certain that your family making process is complete, yet you will likely still have unused embryos to consider. While it is entirely possible that you could continue to pay the annual fee to retain these embryos, other families choose another route: embryo adoption. Continue reading →
You’re using a surrogate? Why don’t you just adopt? It’s a question you’re likely to hear both during your journey, and in the years following the birth of your child. The question is invasive, and likely brings a multitude of feelings along with it. From feelings of guilt to anger and even defensiveness, they’re all common and normal when faced with this question.
On the surface, this question seems to be a fair one. Critics of surrogacy, or even those who may not have a thorough understanding of surrogacy, will insist that there are many children in the world in need of a home and that the best thing for you to do would be to adopt one of those children rather than having one of your own. The first thing you need to assume is that this question is coming from a place of honest ignorance and not accusation.
Your surrogate is already “pregnant” before the embryo transfer even happens. It can seem impossible to comprehend, but it is the reality of IVF pregnancies. In a traditional pregnancy, gestational age is determined based on the day of ovulation. Fertilization and implantation of the embryo typically occur roughly two weeks later.
In the case of IVF, and specifically gestational surrogacy, pregnancy works a bit differently. The eggs that will eventually become embryos are not allowed to travel from the ovary into the uterus to await fertilization. Instead, they are removed, either from an intended mother or from an egg donor, directly from the ovary before they are released. This typically happens two weeks into a woman’s typical 28 day menstrual cycle. Continue reading →
Surrogacy and egg donation opens the door to parenthood for couples and singles wishing to become parents who otherwise may not be able to make that wish a reality. We believe surrogacy and egg donation to be nothing short of awe inspiring. It’s also expensive. We know that, too.
At Growing Generations, we strive to identify ways to make this process more accessible, which is why we are proud to offer two financing options. The first is available for clients residing in the United States through Prosper Healthcare Lending. Continue reading →
The matching phase is one of the most exciting times in your surrogacy journey. This is true for the surrogate as well as for you, the intended parents. We find that both the surrogate and the intended parents have long dreamed of the individuals that will make up their team, and can’t wait to begin looking at profiles. We are often asked about what elements should be included in the profile that you create. Here are a few tips that can help you create a great profile that showcases who you are and the type of surrogate you’re seeking.
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. But, as you will often be reminded, surrogacy is a marathon, not a sprint. Continue reading →
The first choice you will make when choosing surrogacy to grow your family is whether to work with an agency or to manage the journey on your own, referred to as “going independent.” While the independent route may look appealing on paper, as it often represents a misleading cost savings, there are many, many reasons why you should choose to work with an agency. Here are just a few of them.
Surrogate Screening: There is tremendous value in the layered screening process. When you entrust an agency to screen surrogates, you employ non-biased professionals to filter applicants to present you with the candidates who are the best suited for surrogacy. Continue reading →
Intended parents who are new to surrogacy often have many questions. This experience is not one that comes naturally, and it is not uncommon to feel a bit overwhelmed by it all. While Growing Generations provides you with an army of industry professionals to answer any question you may have, sometimes the most reassuring words of advice may just come from those who have already lived this. So we asked some of our most successful surrogates, “What advice would you give a new Intended Parent?” Here are their answers. Continue reading →
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating in the Families Through Surrogacy US Conference!
Scheduled for October 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, this one day seminar covers pretty much the entire gamut of surrogacy- from legalities and finding an egg donor, to developing a relationship with your surrogate and bringing baby home. With ticket prices starting at just $20, it’s a great (and affordable) way to look into surrogacy.
Learn more about the event, and register to attend, here.
This will be my third appearance with FTS conferences. I’ve previously spoken in Sydney, Australia and San Francisco, CA.
I LOVE participating in these conferences. Officially, I’m in town to speak on a panel, moderated by All Things Surrogacy founder Janae Krell, to speak about my experiences as a surrogate.
A surrogate will frequently be prescribed intramuscular injections of progesterone. These are the injections your surrogate is most likely least looking forward to taking, and, if she mentions her injections, these are the medications she is most likely talking with you about.
The hormone is used to help aid in sustaining a pregnancy achieved through IVF and is typically given daily for the first ten to twelve weeks. The progesterone is mixed with an oil to create an injectable compound. There are several different types of oils that can be used for this process. Here’s a breakdown of the most commonly used oils for this purpose. Continue reading →