Learning that your embryo transfer did not result in a positive pregnancy test can feel devastating. The doctor said your embryos were perfect, your surrogate’s uterus was perfect, and you were sure the result would be a successful, perfect pregnancy. It is completely normal and understandable to be met with grief, shock, and disbelief when things don’t go as planned. Continue reading
The arrival of your medical and transfer calendar is a big day. It outlines what medications your surrogate will be taking leading up to embryo transfer as well as what day the targeted transfer will take place. Here’s a look at how the process works.
The first thing to understand is that calendars cannot be created until every other requirement has been met by you and your surrogate. All medical tests need to be completed, all accounts need to be adequately funded, and all legal paperwork needs to be finalized. Once all of these have been taken care of, you’ll need to also have decided on an egg donor or, if you’re using your own eggs, and IVF cycle and retrieval date for yourself. Continue reading
Embryos are tiny, delicate things. As such, the transfer process is often conducted with great caution and preparation. This caution can often cause surrogates to be quite concerned about how to best protect the embryo they’ve been entrusted with carrying. It is normal for intended parents to feel some degree of concern, too. In fact, many will raise the question of how secure the embryo is once placed in the uterus, and if it’s possible that the embryo could “fall out.” Continue reading
Many of our US-based Intended Parents choose to have their surrogate continue to express breastmilk for their child long after they’ve returned to their own homes. The beauty of expedited shipping allows surrogates to pump and freeze breastmilk, package it, and have it arrive right on your doorstep before it ever thaws. Utilizing this option allows intended parents to give their child breastmilk and all of the positive benefits that come along with it. Continue reading
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