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.
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.
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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
You’ve matched with a surrogate who has, no doubt, assured you that her own conceptions and pregnancies were uneventful, and easy. You’re both wide eyed, bushy tailed, and full of positive energy that she will have no trouble conceiving once again, only this time with your child.
Unfortunately, surrogate conceptions are not always that easy. Many women who want to become surrogates tell us their ease of conception is one of the reasons they feel most confident in their ability to conceive as a surrogate. While it can be helpful if a woman was able to easily conceive her own children, it is not necessarily an indication that her body will lend itself well to surrogacy.
Gestational surrogacies are achieved by the use of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). This is a process in which, for gestational surrogacy, an egg is retrieved from either the mother or an egg donor, fertilized with sperm from the father outside of the body, and then placed back into the uterus of a second woman – the gestational carrier. Continue reading
Today’s ever-present availability of information on the go keeps most of us on our toes and plugged in at all times. It will be no different for you as you move through your surrogacy journey. While social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can bring family and friends closer together, there are considerations you should make as it relates to your surrogacy before going “Facebook Official.” Continue reading
Continued research is giving legs to the idea that the type of embryo transfer you opt for makes little to no difference in the success of your IVF experience.
Fresh embryo transfers were once believed to offer a greater chance at cell division and implantation, but recent studies from Seattle Reproductive Medicine show that this theory is becoming more of a medical superstition. The study showed that frozen embryos have success rates just as high as fresh embryo transfers while offering one substantial benefit: they reduce costs dramatically.
Jaundice, or an overabundance of bilirubin in the blood, is a common ailment for otherwise healthy newborns. It is so common in fact that most doctors will check for it as a cautious preventative test as opposed to waiting for symptoms to develop. Despite how regularly doctors may see this, we understand that this is likely your first newborn, and you may be a bit alarmed at the diagnosis. Here’s a look at why jaundice happens and how it’s treated in newborns. Continue reading
There have been multiple studies in recent years highlighting the importance of immediate and continued skin-to-skin contact in newborns. Skin-to-Skin contact is your first opportunity to embrace your new child, and doctors say these first cuddles are as enjoyable as they are beneficial. Doctors note both physical and emotional benefits from the contact.
Skin to skin contact is defined as placing a naked baby, not one wrapped in a blanket, to your bared chest. Continue reading
A cornerstone of the attachment parenting method, the act of babywearing is gaining popularity as parents continue to search for ways to help their new child adjust to life outside of the womb.
This trend, while currently growing in practice, is not new. In 1986 a team of pediatricians in Montreal, Canada conducted a study on 99 mother/infant pairs. The study found that children who were carried/worn regularly through the day were 43% were less fussy than their counterparts. Continue reading