Toxemia, Pre-Eclampsia, Eclampsia, & HELLP Syndrome are all very serious diagnoses that can happen to a woman in pregnancy. In general, these conditions are all varying degrees of the same problem, centered around high blood pressure in pregnancy. While we hope that you’ll never be faced with any of these diagnoses, it is helpful to understand what these conditions are and how they differ.
Toxemia is a condition that can occur both during and after pregnancy. In the most general of terms, Toxemia means pregnancy induced hypertension or high blood pressure.
When it comes to insurance and surrogacy, there have long been just two options for intended parents to consider- using the surrogate’s personal policy or purchasing a specialty policy through a third party insurer. However, the introduction of President Barack Obama’s “Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially known as “Obama-Care”, has opened up new options in the surrogacy world. Continue reading
With surrogacy, a woman carries a child to term and then relinquishes the baby to the intended parent(s) upon delivery. Within those parameters, there are two main types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational.
The final weeks of pregnancy for intended parents can be incredibly exciting, but also filled with anxiety. Both you and your surrogate are likely to be in examination mode, attempting to decode every twinge she feels in anticipation of the big day. Part of this process will generally include something called Braxton Hicks contractions. Continue reading
During your initial conversations with us, we will begin speaking with you about the type of woman you would like to have as your surrogate. One major area of consideration will be the type health insurance that your surrogate will be using to help curb medical costs throughout the process.
Many personal insurance policies have exclusions for coverage of surrogate pregnancies, making the surrogate’s policy invalid for this journey. As all Growing Generations’ surrogates are required to obtain insurance coverage before moving forward to the matching phase of her journey, those who can not use their personal insurance will be insured through a third party specialty insurance firm. You will be able to choose what types of insurance you would like to work with, so it is important to understand how each choice differs and could impact your journey.
During your initial conversations with us, we will begin speaking with you about the type of woman you would like to have as your surrogate. One major area of consideration will be the type of health insurance that your surrogate will be using to help curb medical costs throughout the process.
This insurance is generally provided through a third party agency, since many insurance policies can include exclusions for coverage of surrogate pregnancies. However, there are some insurance providers who are willing to cover surrogate pregnancies, allowing the surrogate to use her own personal insurance for the journey. You will decide which insurance options you’re open to working with, so it is important to understand how they differ. Continue reading
Using a surrogate to grow your family presents you with interesting decisions to make as your child grows up. Most importantly, will you tell them a surrogate was used? If so, how do you address the subject with empathy and approachability?
If you do decide to share the origins of your child’s birth with them, there are a variety of children’s books available that can help explain a highly scientific procedure in terms a young child can understand.
Many of these titles are aimed directly at the intended parents, while others are aimed at surrogates and their families. Using titles from each point of view can help your child begin to understand their story and shine a light on the woman who played a role in their birth.
Some suggested titles include: Continue reading
Once you have confirmed the match with your surrogate, you will move into the contracting phase of your journey. During this time, you will be working with lawyers who are very well versed in fertility and reproductive law in the United States to draft and execute your surrogacy agreement.
Many states require a legal contract between the surrogate and the intended parents. This contract, commonly known as the surrogacy agreement, will be catered to suit the laws of the states/countries that are included as well as any specific requests you and your surrogate have agreed upon. Continue reading
In Vitro Fertilization is an incredible science that offers hope to those unable to have children through traditional methods. As recently as 2012, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology reported that as many as 1.5% of all live births can be attributed to IVF procedures.
But even with these impressive statistics, the art of IVF is not perfect. While many women will become pregnant on their first transfer, the process can fail. In rare cases, IVF can fail to produce a viable pregnancy after many attempts. This reality, paired with the high costs of each attempt, leaves many couples desperate for exact success rates before starting their surrogacy journeys. Continue reading
When it comes to your newborns first flight, we understand that you’re bound to be a little anxious! Especially for parents whose journey home includes an overseas flight, it is important to consider which airlines are able to make your trip home as comfortable as possible. We’ve done a bit of web crawling for you, and here’s what we’ve learned about international vs US domestic carriers.
According to travel expert blogs and articles published on The Huffington Post and Travelsort.com, your best bet is always to book with an international carrier as opposed to an American based carrier. American based carriers have had to focus on cutting their costs to guard their profits over recent years, and don’t have the capital to offer as many amenities as their international counterparts.