The first step to deciding if surrogacy is right for you is learning about the two types of surrogacy and how they differ. In any surrogacy situation, a woman carries a child with the intention of handing it over to other people (intended parents) after the birth. Within that general definition, there is traditional and gestational surrogacy.
A diagnosis of preeclampsia can be terrifying. The condition carries with it a stigma of serious danger, and for good reason. If left untreated preeclampsia can progress to eclampsia, a condition which can cause serious harm to a woman and the child she is carrying. In some severe cases it can even cause death.
Preeclampsia, also called toxemia, and eclampsia is a condition believed to be caused by a placenta that is not functioning properly. While doctors suspect that factors including high body fat, poor nutrition, or poor blood flow to the uterus can lead to onset of the condition, an exact cause is unknown. Genetics are also thought to play a role. Additionally, while there are treatment options, the condition is incurable without giving birth.
If a labor induction is decided to be in the best interest of the surrogate, there are a few different options that you may consider. It’s also worth noting that some doctors or hospitals will have their own rules on inductions, some not allowing them prior to 39 weeks for any non-emergency situation. While most doctors will have a preferred method, understanding the different types of inductions can help you feel a bit more prepared to make a decision if a choice is offered.
Planning to arrive in your surrogate’s hometown in time for the birth of your child can be especially difficult when you’re traveling from another country. While it is important to arrive in town early, international intended parents also have to plan accordingly for the time they’ll need to be stateside following the birth as well. This can turn your stateside visit into a lengthy one.
First of all, understand that most babies are not born on their due dates. In fact, studies estimate only about 5% of babies are actually born on their due dates, the rest falling within two weeks to either side of the due date.
Being present for the birth of your child is something most intended parents will want to strive to achieve. The reality is that sometimes birth can happen with little or no warning, and it may not always be possible to guarantee your presence at the birth. Even so, many intended parents spend a lot of time considering exactly when they should be heading to the surrogate’s hometown for the big day.
Understand that due dates are not an exact science. In fact, research shows that only about 5% of women will actually deliver on their due date. In most cases birth occurs two or three weeks to either side of the actual due date. Of course, this makes the question of, “When should I arrive?” even trickier.
For many intended mothers, choosing to pursue an egg donor or a surrogate can be a very difficult and emotional decision. This is a challenging time for your family, but do know that there may still be several options and paths to consider on your journey to parenthood.
In some cases, intended mothers will be able to choose between having a surrogate or using a donor egg and then carrying the embryo herself.
Prior to the birth of your baby you will need to think a bit about the American standard of newborn care, including your child’s first vaccination. While all parents have the option to opt out of receiving these treatments, most parents choose to follow the standard of care during their stateside stay. Here’s a look at the treatments most American born babies will receive during the first month of life.
Many of Growing Generations’ intended parents return for a second surrogacy journey. This return, referred to as a sibling project, is something we are always very happy to help with. Here’s a look at how the process of returning for that sibling journey progresses.
In most cases, our team will not initiate first contact with you for a sibling journey. Occasionally, your surrogate may reach out to us with interest in doing a second journey with her previous intended parents, and in those cases we may reach out to you to see if you have interest in participating. Outside of this circumstance, we generally will wait for intended parents to contact us.
The majority of surrogate births occur at a significant distance from your home. In many cases, the distance will necessitate a plane ride home with your newborn. This reality can send chills down the back of any new parent. Flying with a newborn doesn’t have to be a stressful event; it just takes a little pre-planning and a lot of patience.
You’ll want to make sure you have your paperwork updated and easily available. For domestic births, this simply means calling the airline after the birth to add an infant in lap to your ticket. For international couples you’ll need to add the infant to your reservation as well as ensure that your child’s passport is ready and stored with your own.
Labor induction is a realistic consideration for many intended parents in the final weeks of their pregnancy. If you’ve never been through a labor and delivery before, the thought of an induction can seem quite foreign. Let’s start by taking a look at what an induction is, and when it might be beneficial.
Inducing labor means using medications or other natural techniques in order to artificially start the labor process. Induction is a practice that is rarely done prior to 37 weeks gestation unless medically it is necessary for the health of the carrier or the baby. Continue reading