Using a surrogate to help create or grow your family is a big deal. Besides putting the ultimate trust in another human being, there are also major fiscal and legal considerations to contemplate before taking the plunge. Here are a few things you should contemplate before considering surrogacy.
Working with an agency has so many pros. An excellent understanding of state laws is a big part of why working with an agency can save you time, money, and stress. Surrogacy laws vary, often greatly, from state to state. It is essential that surrogate and intended parents have separate legal representation to protect their Continue reading
Waiting to be matched with your surrogate can be an exciting time. It can also make intended parents quite anxious as every day can feel like a month. We get it. You’ve made the choice to use a surrogate, taken the plunge, and want to run forward at the speed of light. Even so, we encourage you to bear in mind that it is crucial to a successful journey that we match you with the right surrogate for you, as opposed to any surrogate who is ready to be matched right now. Here’s a look at a few things that can impact how long it takes us to find the right surrogate for you. Continue reading
As science continues to evolve and create ever more successful ways of treating infertility, it can be exciting to look into treatments that may be the future of growing families. New ideas are being researched every day. From things as simple as squeezing an embryo to see how resilient it is, to methods looking into how to create a child from skin cells–it’s all being considered. Here’s a look at a few emerging treatments that you’re not likely to experience in your surrogacy journey, but are in the works for potential future infertility treatments.
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Statistics show that as many as one in every eight couples struggles with some form of infertility. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines infertility as, “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.” There can be many causes for infertility and doctors are just starting to get a better understanding of how to treat it. As science advances and popular culture begins to bring attention to the once very private subject of fertility, more couples are becoming parents through assisted reproductive technologies (ART). These include In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), donated genetics, and surrogacy. However, as the world begins to talk about infertility and assisted reproduction, myths about the process are also becoming more commonplace. Here are the biggest myths and misconceptions we hear regularly.
The choice to create or grow your family with a surrogate can be an emotional challenge. For women specifically, the idea that you need to depend on another woman to help bring your child into this world can be a struggle. With a little positive self-talk and reflection, however, you may begin to see surrogacy as a unique experience that, while perhaps not your first choice, offers a unique and very special transition into the world of motherhood. Here are a few pointers to help you clear your head and get into the right mindset for surrogacy.
Surrogacy is a family-making process that’s growing rapidly. From celebrities to single parents, gay men, and everyday couples, it’s a process that many different types of families are turning to in order to create or grow their families. Perhaps you know someone who has been or has used a surrogate, or maybe you’re just starting to explore the idea on your own. Here’s a look at a few of the first questions that intended parents (that’s you!) tend to have, but may be a bit too timid to ask. Continue reading
First of all, understand that all pregnant women will be tested for gestational diabetes during their pregnancy. Even if they’ve had no prior issues with blood sugar levels in their day-to-day life or in previous pregnancies, they will still be tested during this surrogate pregnancy.
While being a surrogate does not raise the odds of developing gestational diabetes, Continue reading
A failed transfer can be incredibly disappointing and confusing. News that the transfer did not result in a pregnancy is difficult to understand, especially when your surrogate’s progress looked great, the embryos looked great, and the transfer went off without a hitch. The truth is, Continue reading
In simplest terms, diabetes is heightened insulin resistance. All humans have some level of reaction to insulin, but this resistance changes during pregnancy, and sometimes results in a form of diabetes that exists only during the pregnancy. The American Diabetes Association admits that the exact cause of gestational diabetes isn’t fully understood, but estimates that as many as Continue reading
As your projected due date draws near, you may find that your surrogate and her care provider are talking about the potential need or desire for an induction of labor. In simplest terms, a labor induction is a medically caused labor. Some intended parents even desire an induced labor so that they can have better odds at planning for and being present at the time of birth.
You should know that many doctors and hospitals will have policy and rules surrounding when an induction can be done. Most medical professionals will not allow an induction for non-medical reasons before the 37th (and often not before the 38th) week of pregnancy. In most cases doctors will not allow an induction unless the benefits of ending the pregnancy early outweigh the risks of continuing the pregnancy. Continue reading