Surrogacy in the LGBTQ Community

by Admin on October 6, 2017

Surrogacy provides LGBTQ couples, often same-sex male couples, with the ability to have a biologically related child when they otherwise would not be able to. This can be an exciting, yet overwhelming process with tons of questions for LGBTQ couples. How does the surrogacy process work? What are the financial costs incurred? Is this affordable for us? What is surrogate matching? Who will be the egg donor? Who will be the surrogate? However, before you get to the nitty gritty, you need to know if there are any legal implications in your state for the LGBTQ community when it comes to surrogacy.

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Surprisingly, many states do not address surrogacy, meaning there are no regulations for LGBTQ couples or their gestational carrier. There are some states that have very unfavorable laws for LGBTQ that forbid surrogacy, such as New York, that could lead to extensive monetary fines. It is important to know if your state has favorable surrogacy laws, especially if you are LGBTQ. California is one such state that has laws in favor of surrogacy for all individuals, including the LGBTQ community.
There have been cases where an LGBTQ couple lives in one state, while the gestational carrier lives in a different state, where the baby will be born. It is important that the gestational carrier reside in a state that has favorable surrogate laws and protections to avoid any monetary fines or legal implications.
We believe that all people in the LGBTQ community should have the opportunity to have a family, if they so desire. Our compassionate services help LGBTQ parties navigate the ins and outs of surrogacy in order to have an amazing and successful arrangement.  We work  with all couples, including LGBTQ, during the matching process to help clients seeking an egg donor and/or surrogate. You can rest assured that our experienced team will assist you with every step of the surrogacy process from match to post-delivery. We support and educate our intended parents, along with their gestational carrier, in a sympathetic, caring and professional manner. No question is ever left unanswered.

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Where do you start with understanding all the information out there about egg donation and all that comes along with it? There is so much information available, it can be hard to decipher what is the truth and what is a wee bit bogus.

Myth Vs. Fact

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Myth:  Egg donors are older woman.
Fact: In general, egg donors are on the younger side. Our donors are typically between the ages of 20 and 29 of all ethnicities and religious backgrounds.

Myth:  Egg donation will complicate my fertility if I want to have my own child in the future.
Fact: Egg donation is a very safe and common procedure performed daily. There are no significant health complications related to egg donation. In fact, the medications used in egg donation are very similar to the hormones that are naturally released by your body. We have health professionals who assess each situation and inform donors of any potential side effects that may occur.

Myth:  Egg donors are only interested for financial reason.
Fact: It is true that egg donors are generously compensated for their services. However, this also includes important commitments, including time, as well as other screenings that an egg donor needs to adhere to. Our egg donors have a real desire to help women dealing with infertility to be able to create a family. That goes beyond anything money can buy. It is true emotional satisfaction that our donors receive.

Myth:  I won’t have any eggs left if I become an egg donor.
Fact: Scientifically speaking, women are born with one to two million eggs in their ovaries. It is true that they won’t make any more eggs in their lifetime. Through the years, a majority of the eggs will die naturally. A typical egg donation cycle will retrieve 10 to 20 eggs. Women remain just as fertile after they donate their eggs.

We hope that some of the common misconceptions were cleared up. We are here to give hope to those struggling with infertility by making the process a little easier for you.

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My Two Dads

by Admin on September 5, 2017

In today’s world the modern family isn’t what it used to be. Whether gay or straight, an increasing rate of males desire to have biological children. No longer does homosexuality equate to childlessness. More and more, same sex (and LGBTQ+) couples are having families with the help of surrogacy and this is becoming the new norm of modern parenthood. In fact, there is a new term associated with this, the “gayby boom”.
Gay parenting comes with many barriers to having biological children. Some of these include discrimination, lack of information, legal implications and considerations, high costs of family planning and societal pressures. And, the journey may be long and requires patience. However, one thing remains true, we see that gay men who intentionally want to build their family are truly dedicated to bringing a baby into a loving and caring home. We want to be part of creating that beautiful family unit every step of the way!
There are so many technological advances in surrogacy which provide choices to those who are committed to the process. Biological parenting for gay men entails having an egg donor and a surrogate to carry the pregnancy to term.
Our team is here to address your questions and concerns in a confidential, empathetic and sensitive manner. We are here to make your dream of having a child a possibility and to become great dads!

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Surrogacy before Motherhood

by Admin on August 29, 2017

Can you become a surrogate if you have never had children?

 

There are a lot of factors that come in to play when considering surrogacy. For women who want to help others become parents, there is a lot to think through.  Deciding to become a surrogate is one of the most beautiful ways one person can help another.. Yet, this is also one that requires selflessness and commitment. When surrogacy is a part of the process, we want to make sure that everyone is on the same page.

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That’s why as professionals, we recommend that women who have never had children wait to become a surrogate. We want to make sure that everyone’s needs are taken care, both the surrogate mom’s and the new family-to-be.  In fact, it is a policy that surrogacy clinics will not accept women who have never given birth before.  Why you may ask?  There is a good reason for this. We want to make sure our surrogates are capable of caring a healthy pregnancy.. We want to rule out possible risks, threats or complications to the pregnancy and delivery from a medical stand point. Therefore, we need to know that a healthy pregnancy is possible and one way to really know is to make sure the surrogate candidate has successfully given birth to a thriving baby!

 

These guidelines are put in place to ensure that our surrogates know what they are getting themselves into and to ensure that they know what the process and commitment entail.  We are always here for you at every step of the way to answer questions and to guide you through the wonderful process of surrogacy.

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Preparing Yourself For Surrogacy Process

by Admin on August 14, 2017

Becoming a surrogate is a beautiful gift you can provide an individual with. Just knowing  you were involved in part of someone’s life that gave them a second chance at a family is an achievable and heartfelt feeling. Here at Family Creations, we make it our responsibility to ensure that our egg donors and surrogates are in good health, are safe, and doing well.  It’s our priority to ensure that all of our surrogates can look back on their experience and feel positive about the journey.   Here are a few helpful tips that you can practice at home during the process.

How To Mentally and Physically Prepare Your Body

The first thing our team suggests you do is try to eat as healthy as possible, and stay hydrated. It is extremely important for you to be nourished during this process, and doing this will help promote a healthy pregnancy. Since babies need a specific diet before they are born, it is important to speak with an OBGYN about nutrition.

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Types Of Foods To Eat When Being A Surrogate:

Protein is a big factor in what you should be eating, such as chicken, cooked fish, broccoli, greek yogurt, eggs, etc. and is something that a growing baby really needs to stay healthy.

Iron is also very important, and foods like kale, spinach, mushrooms, beans, and more are great intakes for your body and baby.

Vitamin C includes all natural orange juice, healthy berries such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, as well as fruits that contain high citrus (oranges, lemons).

Calcium is very important as well, and this includes different dairy products and specific vegetables.

Keeping your body hydrated constantly throughout the day is just as important as eating well. Plenty of water throughout the day will promote a healthier body for you and the baby.

Next, keeping active at least three times per week will keep your blood circulated. Doing lighter workouts such as yoga, pilates, or dance can strengthen your body while keeping the baby out of harm’s way. Just by staying active and moving around a few times a week will have you feeling better throughout the process.  Please do this under the guidance of a physician.

Lastly, to promote your mental health during the process, we suggest you take time to yourself at least once or twice a week to do the things you love. Reading a book can be rejuvenating and peaceful, and will keep you spiritually prepared. Relaxing at the beach or getting pampered can also greatly help with the relaxing process, so you can prepare yourself for the future.

To become a surrogate, call our specialists at Family Creations today for a free consultation!

 

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Infertility: What Is The Next Step To Take?

by Admin on August 7, 2017

Infertility happens to 1 in every 8 couples trying to have a baby. Many individuals feel lost or confused when faced with challenges in growing their family, and don’t really know where to turn for the next step. Whether you are considering egg donation or surrogacy, we know that it may seem daunting and overwhelming, Family Creations team is here for all of our clients.  We have been in business for 13 years and our experienced staff is ready to help you in anyway you need.   We are dedicated to the idea that no matter the outcome our clients are able to look back on their journey with our agency and feel they had a valuable and positive experience.

Things To Consider

Physical Health:  You need to ensure that you are healthy enough to raise a child, and that you are physically ready for this journey.  Good health is a key factor in growing a family!

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Mental Health:  The process of working with an egg donor or surrogate can sometimes be mentally taxing on the Intended Parent.   There can be many up and downs with the process, even when you have the very best team in place.   Our team suggest meeting with a mental health professional at least once prior to starting on your journey.   There can be some interesting and mixed feelings to come up when embarking on the egg donation and surrogacy process.   It’s great to have a person to turn to and a lot of our clients feel there is a huge value in having a mental health provider to talk with along the way.  If you would like a referral for a mental health provider that specializes in third party reproduction please feel free to reach out to our team and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Once you decide that it is time to take the next step, contact Family Creations. Our team will help guide you with the process, and be your backbone along the way. You will never feel alone on your journey to growing your family, we are here for you every step of the way. Give our team a call to schedule your free consultation.

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Things You May Not Know About Egg Donation

by Admin on August 4, 2017

Egg donation is very common all over the world and gives future parents an open door to the possibility of growing their family. This process helps give hope and inspiration to many people who thought that they had no chance at having a baby. While most people are aware of what the egg donor programs entail, there are still minor details that they may not be informed about. Family Creations will give you a jist of all the important facts about this process.

How does Egg Donation work?

Many women who are above the age of 40 have a limited chance of becoming pregnant naturally as a women’s egg reserve begins to rapidly decline after the age of 35.  Using the assistance of an egg donor is a viable option for many women who are starting a family later in life.

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You may be wondering how the process works.  Once working with Family Creations, you will be given a password to view our online egg donor database.  Our donors are screened for basic criteria such as healthy family history, appropriate life style, and other general requirements.  Our team works hard to offer donors of all different races and cultural backgrounds.   Our database of available donors is diverse and well-rounded.   Many agencies don’t keep their databases of donors up to date leaving future parents feeling let down when they choose a donor only to find out she is “aged out” or just not available.  Our team has a very specific process in place to ensure our database of available donors is up to date with donors who are ready to begin the process immediately.

Family Creations offers egg donation services to international clients as well. In the majority of countries, egg donation is illegal or their are no programs available that offer egg donation. Our international clients appreciate our agency because of the wide selection of qualified candidates we offer them, which may not be accessible in other parts of the world.  Our team is knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to international egg donor arrangements.

For a free consultation on our egg donor program, give our team a call today!

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Being Cautious With Facebook

by Admin on July 18, 2017

Social media, specifically Facebook can be a wonderful communication tool for friends, but it can also be invasive if you don’t manage it properly. In terms of surrogacy, we recommend saving a social media friendship with your Intended Parents or Surrogate until you have completed your surrogacy journey.   We also recommend keeping your social media “private”.

Facebook can show people an intimate look at your life, and once you have friended someone there is usually a lot of drama involved in unfriending them.

We strongly encourage a healthy connection to your Intended Parent or Surrogate but connecting through Facebook allows details of your life, past and present, to be revealed in real time.  Giving your I.P.s or your surrogate access to your Facebook page can change their opinion of you before they even take time to get to know you personally.

The following is a real example of an incident that happened between one of our Intended Parents and their surrogate:

Around 5pm on a Saturday, a surrogate was waiting at the airport to catch her flight for her transfer.  Bored, waiting for her flight she flipped through her photos on her phone and posted an old picture of she and her best friend having a cocktail on her best friends birthday.   The surrogate then hopped on her flight and hit airplane mode.  She was friends with her I.P.s on Facebook, they saw the photo and immediately freaked out, they thought the photo was in live time and began trying to reach her.  They knew she was supposed to be on a flight for her transfer trip.   They couldn’t reach her of course because she was on an airplane.  The Intended Mom reached out to our team, upset, crying, and feeling like her entire world was crashing.   It was a three hour flight, thus three hours before we heard from the surrogate.   Once we got a hold of the surrogate she explained that the photo was a year old.   The poor I.P.s were all but distraught and went through three hours of grief which could have been avoided.

Connecting through social media allows your Intended Parents or Surrogate to look at your world in detail without having the proper contexts to know exactly what is going on.   A friend posting a harmless inside joke on your page can wreak havoc on your Intended Parent or Surrogate.   A harmless post about having a bad day can leave your I.P. or surrogate feeling worried about the surrogacy arrangement for no reason.  The list can go on and on…

While we are huge advocates for developing a friendship with your Intended Parent or surrogate, if that’s the wish of both parties, we strongly advise saving the social media until your journey is complete.

For tips on ensuring your Facebook Page is private please visit:  https://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=10151569502816839

 

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Surrogate Mothers FAQS

by Admin on June 15, 2017

Surrogate mothers share over a year of their lives in order to give Intended Parents a chance at having their ideal family. This experience is unforgettable, for both the surrogate mother and the future parents.  In this blog post, Family Creations will share with you some frequently asked questions that are common among surrogates.

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As our candidate database grows larger each year for those eager to become surrogate mothers, we do have some specific character traits that we look for in a candidate.

  1.    What are some general qualifications that you look for in your surrogates? We look for a number of things, as we screen our candidates closely and carefully. Being a healthy women between the ages of 21-42, having a non-smoking and drug free history, Having a BMI (body mass index under 33, and you must have at least one healthy, non-complicated pregnancy with the child in your care. We also collect your full, OBGYN, pre-natal and labor and delivery records to be sure there were no pregnancy complication which pose a risk to you as a surrogate or the baby.
  2.    How much do surrogates get paid for the process? Our base compensation starts at $35,000, is negotiable and goes up based on experience, location and more.  It’s not uncommon for our experience surrogates to have a base compensation of $45,000-$65,000. On top of the base compensation there is a full benefits package.  You can view the full benefits package on our site at https://www.familycreations.net/surrogacy/payment_schedule.php
  3.       How does the medical process work? This is a great question. You will complete screening with a fertility clinic.  This screening includes a full physical including infectious disease screening, drug and nicotine screening and a full psychological evaluation.  Once you have been medically cleared you will take a series of fertility medications to prepare your body for an embryo transfer.  The embryo transfer procedure is non-surgical and outpatient.  The entire procedure actually takes less than 5 minutes.   A catheter is inserted vaginally and the embryo(s) are placed in the uterus.  Approximately 10 days later you will have a pregnancy test.  If a pregnancy has been achieved you will continue your routine appointments with the fertility doctor for the first 10 weeks or so of the pregnancy.  After 10 weeks you will be released to a standard OBGYN for routine maternity appointments- the pregnancy at that point becomes very routine in terms of care, labor and delivery.
  4.    Will the child have any of my genes? This is a common question, and the answer is no. There are two types of surrogacy arrangements, Traditional and Gestational. Family Creations only works with Gestational Surrogates, which means you will not be related to the child. Gestational surrogacy takes place with a process called In-vitro fertilization. (IVF) IVF is a procedure where fertilization takes place outside of the woman’s body. The Intended Mother’s eggs (or donor eggs) are combined with the Intended Father’s sperm (or donor sperm) and then fertilized in a dish before placing them through the carrier’s cervix into her uterus.

To get started, you can fill out our application online to qualify! Our specialists will contact you shortly if you do, and we can get started on the process!

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Everyday, there are many couples all over the world who are struggling to create their family. Infertility, unfortunately, affects 1 in 8 couples, and can have them feeling helpless. Family Creations, an egg donation and surrogacy agency helps clients all over the world achieve their goal at having their own family.

How You Can Connect With Family Creations

If you are not located in the United States of America, you can still access our resources from where you are! We provide our services to clients from Africa, Russia, Middle East, Mexico, Europe, and much more! Not many agencies have such a wide geographical client database, and our team of professionals are very happy to assist parents in these regions. Our goal is to prove that there is hope for everyone, no matter where you are in the world.

How We Work With You Across The Globe

Since we have many clients from different parts of the world, we have the skills and knowledge on how to communicate with one another and make the process easy and stress-free. We will make sure that you will feel as if you are right here with us, in our office in Los Angeles. Because we are always up-to-date with technology, we will communicate via telephone calls, video calls, and more. This will have us all talking face-to-face so we can physically understand and get a feel for what you are looking for from our agency.

The great thing that Family Creations does for international clients is set them up with their own personal case manager, who is extremely professional and reliable.  He or she will work as your coordinator and will guide you through every step of the process. You might feel as if you are very distant from the program because you are not physically with us attaining to follow up appointments. This is a normal feeling that our international clients get at first, but once your personal case manager steps in, you will feel as if you are right in our offices. They are here to guide you, be your support system, and make sure all your needs are met during the process.

Do International Clients Need To Meet You In Person?

Depending on your situation, every client varies. For an embryo transfer, you should give yourself a one to two week open window to travel to the United States for appointments. We will guide you step by step while you are here with us on what to do and give you a complete schedule.

If you live internationally within the regions that we service and are interested in our services, give our agency a call today. We are dedicated to giving our clients hope, faith, and a chance at a beautiful family! You can check out our egg donation and surrogacy programs on our website.

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