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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The Egg Donor Selection Process

by Admin on May 31, 2017

Infertility affects 1 of 8 people in the world,  and can leave couples devastated and frustrated. Luckily, there are egg donors and surrogates who are willing to help those struggling to have a baby. Family Creations, an egg donor and surrogate agency, works closely with these candidates to give couples the best possible selections to choose from. While you are in full control of selecting your egg donor, there are things you should consider, and some traits you should be open-minded about.

Of course we all want our children to be happy, healthy, and of great genes. Our team at Family Creations helps narrow down the process for you, as we have already screened thousands of qualified egg donors. We provide you with an extensive photo gallery, thorough profiles as well as an extensive family health history. We get to know the donors very well before they are approved and made available to our clients. Here are some characteristics you may want consider:

Realistic Characteristics Vs. Really Difficult to Find Donors

Realistic Desire: “I want my egg donor to have graduated from college with a degree.”

Difficult to find : “I want my egg donor to have had a 4.5 GPA and graduated from one of the top schools in the country.” You may want to be more open-minded about your options.   Something to consider here; many very intelligent people are not afforded with the opportunity to attend top IVY league colleges.  This does not mean they are not brilliantly smart- the US college system is difficult and expensive.  Some of our most outstanding, articulate and intelligent donors attend State University’s and even Community Colleges.  Intelligence is not only a product of genes but a combination of many factors including upbringing, socioeconomic opportunities and much more.

Realistic Desire:  “My egg donor needs to be very healthy, with a family history of great health.” This is a very realistic trait that you should definitely consider. Having a great family health record can give you comfort and satisfaction and may even mean less risk of your child having certain health conditions as they grow.

Difficult to find: “My egg donor needs to come from a flawless family health history” This desire can be very unrealistic. Yes, it is important to know that your egg donor comes from a healthy family and she herself is healthy.  However, all families, including your own, have some medical conditions within.  The important thing to consider here, is that the donor’s offspring is at no higher genetic predisposition for certain medical conditions compared to the general population.  We work with some of the best geneticist out there who will work directly with your fertility doctor to assess such risks.  It is a red-flag for our team when a donor states that no one in her family has any medical conditions.  While it is possible it is highly unlikely. We encourage our donors to speak with other family members to be sure they have provided us with a thorough assessment of their family health history.  If you are registered with other agencies and you see a pattern of their donors all having a “flawless” family history it is very important for you to ask how thoroughly the donor has been vetted by the agency and how much research the donor has done regarding her family health history.


There are many things that our team screens egg donors for. You can leave the hard part to us, as we assess all possible candidates for you to review. To schedule a free consultation with our specialists at Family Creations, give us a call today! We look forward to hearing from you.

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National Women’s Health Week

by Admin on May 17, 2017

National Women’s Health Week is now- May 14-20th, 2017. This special week is in place to honor all of the strong women who make a big difference in our lives, and to encourage them to take care of their own well-being. There are always ways to improve yourself and build a healthier lifestyle, no matter what age you are.  Here are some tips from our team to help improve your health and wellbeing.

Take Control  Of Your Health

Whether you are in your 20s, 30s, 50s, or even 80s, there are many things you can do to take action. Here are specific ways to gradually improve your life:

  • Start a fitness plan: By exercising several times per week, you can see results and feel better in a matter of weeks. By making a plan for yourself to go on a walk with a friend, join a gym near your home, or even get your heart rate moving at home will make a difference. You will feel great mentally, and look great physically.
  • Change your diet: Eating well will promote good health down the line. By cutting out some carbs, sugars, and fats in your typical diet, you can not only lose weight, but lower cholesterol, diabetes, and blood pressure. We suggest eating more greens, fruits, protein, and good fats.
  • Get more hours of sleep: It is very important to sleep for at least 8 hours every night. This way, you will not feel fatigue as you attend work, school, run errands, etc. Having a great night’s sleep will put you in a better mood, have you eating/feeling better, and get you more motivated to keep going. If you do not have time to sleep for 8 hours per night, taking mid-day naps can help boost your energy as well.
  • Quit smoking: If you are a heavy smoker, this can not only cause severe health complications, but can also stop you from doing the things you love to do. Smoking can lead to death, and it is important to be aware of the circumstances. You can get help with quitting to smoke, as there are many alternative solutions. By putting an end to your smoking habit, you are already one step ahead of living a healthy life.
  • Get regularly scheduled doctor check-ups:  By visiting your primary care doctor regularly and obtaining physicals & blood work will ensure good health. It is important to always stay on top of your mental and physical health and taking the necessary medications and/or vitamins to do so.

 

Family Creations proudly supports and encourages all women to stay healthy and happy. National Women’s Health Week can motivate women to take action. There are also many women who are currently struggling not only with health but with infertility issues. If you are considering an egg donation or surrogacy program to grow your family, give our specialists a call today for a free consultation!

 

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In recent years the topic of infertility has been brought to light through the brave individuals and couples who shared the stories of their fertility struggles. We’ve heard of the celebrities that used surrogacy and or IVF to grow their families including Sarah Jessica Parker, Elton John, Amy Smart, Tyra Banks, Lucy Lui, and Giuliana Rancic. This list is far from comprehensive, yet gives insight into the fact that infertility can happen to anyone no matter their age, race, socioeconomic status, religion, or sexual orientation.  1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. This means that if you have not experienced infertility, it’s likely you know someone who has.

National Infertility Awareness Week is all about informing the general public of an issue that impacts millions of people worldwide. Whether the celebrities listed above had set out to be advocates of infertility or not is unknown to us, yet in sharing their stories they have contributed to the conversation. They became advocates of spreading infertility awareness.

 

What can you do to become an advocate?

 

RESOLVE is an excellent informational source and a good place to start your research on getting involved. They have recommendations on how to get involved on a local level, through social medial, as well as lists of events around the country that everyone- infertile or not-  are welcome to attend. Most important is sharing your story. Are you struggling with infertility? Do you know someone who is? Have you been an egg donor or a surrogate? Share your story. Talk about your experience with anyone who will #listenup. Advocacy starts with YOU.

Family Creations supports the infertility community everyday through our efforts in assisting our clients through their egg donation and surrogacy journeys. We understand that infertility can create financial and emotional hardships. Family Creations can expertly guide you through the many facets of the egg donor and or surrogacy process. No one with infertility should have to walk alone.

 

 

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Have you considered becoming a surrogate? One of the questions we ask during the interview process is, ‘Why do you want to become a surrogate mother?’. The responses we receive vary from applicant to applicant, though it’s fairly consistent that women who choose to become a surrogate mother do it because they can. Surrogacy is a mostly selfless journey one undertakes simply to help a person or couple start or grow their family.

Here are a few reasons to become a Family Creations surrogate:

Giving the Gift of Life:

“Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Norman MacEwan. As mothers, we know you appreciate the joy your child or children have brought into your life. In becoming a surrogate*, you are able to help in providing this remarkable gift to another person or couple. This is truly an amazing gift to give.

Financial Incentive:

In addition to receiving a monthly allowance and maternity clothing stipend, Family Creations offers competitive compensation for our surrogates. This often allows our surrogates the option of staying home with their children during the surrogate pregnancy. Some surrogates choose to continue working and instead use the compensation from the surrogacy to pay off debts, pay for school, or for planning a lovely vacation with their own family. There are many possibilities- it’s entirely up to you how you spend your compensation.

Health Care:

We make sure that our surrogates do not incur any out of pocket expenses as a result of the surrogacy. This includes health insurance. If your current health insurance does not cover the surrogacy pregnancy, your Intended Parent(s) will purchase a plan for you that does.

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Proper Care and Guidance:

We will assign you your own professionally trained case manager. She will be with you throughout the entire surrogacy process. Additionally, your case manager deposits the fees you will receive into a reputable escrow company’s account to be held for you in trust. This ensures that you are promptly paid when payment is due.

Additional Support:

Family Creations has a private support group that we invite all of our surrogates in join once approved into our program. Our surrogates share stories of their experiences during their surrogacy pregnancies and deliveries. It’s a fun way to stay connected with other surrogates who are going through the same journey as you!

Do you feel that becoming a surrogate may be your next big journey in life? Check out our qualifications:

  • Age between 21-40
  • BMI (body mass index) under 35
  • Non-smoker and must not use drugs
  • Reside in California, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Georgia, or Nevada
  • Has had at least one easy pregnancy with no complications
  • Not receiving any type of government assistance

If you fit the above qualifications, we’d love to hear from you! Give us a call and we’ll walk you through the process of becoming a Family Creations Surrogate.

 

*At Family Creations we facilitate Gestational Surrogacy: Pregnancy where the surrogate is genetically unrelated to the baby. The embryos are created using the eggs from the intended mother or an egg donor and sperm from the intended father(s) or a sperm donor.

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National Infertility Awareness Week

by Admin on April 5, 2017

As National Infertility Awareness Week is approaching, we want to take a few moments to recognize the 1 in 8. The women, men, couples, and families affected by infertility- we know it’s not easy – this is why we stand with you in both your struggles as well as your successes.

April 23rd to the 29th is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), a movement that started in 1989 to educate the public about reproductive health and to reduce the stigma associated with infertility. RESOLVE founded this movement with the mission to empower those struggling to build or grow their families, and to connect these individuals with the community of professionals that are here to help.

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We’re proud to be a part of that community providing alternative options of family building. We work hard to make this process easier on our clients because we know they depend on us to provide only the most qualified egg donor and surrogate candidates. Family Creations was founded in 2006 with the mission to make parenting possible for those in need of assistance, and to ensure the process for all involved is as easy and rewarding as it can be. Our clients can count on us for our knowledge, caring, and ethics as we assist them through this uniquely wonderful process.

Looking for ways to get involved in supporting infertility awareness? Head over to the RESOLVE website and check out their Get Involved and Calendar of Events links to see what’s going on in your area.

For more information on Family Creations’ surrogacy or egg donation programs, please contact us directly. We’d be honored to assist you in your family building journey.

 

 

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Choosing The Right Egg Donor For You

by Admin on March 21, 2017

You’ve reached the point in your journey in which egg donation is the next step in growing your family. There are many factors to take into consideration when selecting an egg donor. It’s likely that your doctor will discuss with you the desired health traits of a donor, such as a healthy family history and/or donor’s ovarian reserve quality. Family Creations knows there are other factors to consider, factors that are less about the medical aspects and more about what feels right for you. We’ll talk with you about the characteristics you’re looking for in a donor. This gives us the information we need to assist in selecting the right donor for you.

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We know this is a sensitive process, so we’ve done some of the work for you. We created our profile template with our recipients in mind. It was important to us to provide you with valuable information, while still keeping the donor’s identity anonymous.

Each of our donors creates a profile which allows our recipients to get a snapshot of the donor’s life. Physical characteristics can be viewed through the donor’s photo gallery, and current height, weight, natural hair color, etc. are all listed on the profile. In addition, donor’s profiles include their health history, as well as her family’s health history. Each profile also contains character and personality information through the donor’s responses to questions such as, Who has been the most influential person in your life, and why?, What are your future goals?, and “for fun” questions like, ‘what’s your favorite movie, book, and type of music?’.

*Additional information may be available upon request.

Once a suitable donor candidate has been selected, we’ll walk you through the matching process then manage the cycle, assisting you throughout the entire egg donation process. One of our goals at Family Creations is guiding our recipients and their donors through a smooth egg donation cycle from match to retrieval- we’ll be there for you, every step of the way.

Please contact us directly for a free consultation to learn more about our egg donor program.

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You’ve been matched- Congratulations!

Your Family Creations case manager is going to be there to support you along every step of the way. Your case manager is your go-to person if you ever have any questions about the process, and there’s no need to be shy. No matter how personal, we’ve likely heard the same question from previous donors. Think of your case manager as your donation cycle bestie. You can talk with us about anything.

Here are 5 other tips we thought would be helpful:

  • Communication is really important during a cycle. You’ll want to be sure to check your voicemail, emails, and texts often as the donation process is time sensitive. You wouldn’t want to miss instruction from the doctor or your case manager. Also, if you have any questions about what to expect next, just ask your case manager (a.k.a, cycle bestie).
  • Write it down. We know, life gets busy. Many of our donors are students, have jobs, are mothers -or all three at once! It’s a good idea to take notes on all information you receive from the doctor or nurse to avoid any confusion about medication dosage, follow-up appointment times/dates, etc.
  • You can’t pour from an empty cup. Your body is hard at work producing multiple eggs in just one cycle. You’ll want to be sure you stay rested, hydrated, and well-nourished throughout the cycle. This means taking a break from intense workouts, drinking plenty of water and electrolyte rich beverages, and eating nutrient dense foods.
  • Combat the bloating. It’s very common to experience bloating as a side effect of the stimulation medication. To add to the previous tip, eating well and drinking lots of water will help you prevent or lessen bloating. Drinking water helps to flush out excess fluids in the system and high fiber foods will keep your digestion working efficiently. Try avoiding high sugar and high carbohydrate foods as these may contribute to excess bloating. Be sure to talk with the doctor/nurse about an appropriate nutrition plan for you during the cycle.
  • Remember your ‘why’. Your ‘why’ is the reason you chose to become an egg donor. Whatever the reason, this may be one of the most meaningful jobs you have in your lifetime. By donating, you’re helping a person or couple create the family they’ve always dreamed of… and that’s pretty amazing.
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Things to Consider when Selecting a Surrogate

by Admin on October 7, 2016

How exactly do you decide who to trust to nurture your child while in utero? Selecting a surrogate to help you grow your family is a big decision- one that you don’t have to make alone. Prior to matching, we’ll work together in reviewing our qualified surrogate profiles. You’ll also learn more about the surrogacy process and we’ll answer any questions you have pertaining to specific surrogates. We don’t rest until we’ve found your ideal match.  Family Creations makes the matching process as stress-free as possible by coordinating a meeting time (phone, Skype, in-person) and facilitating the match meeting between the Intended Parent(s) and surrogate. While we cover all of the basics in making sure our surrogates are eligible, there are some other things to consider when determining whether or not a particular surrogate will be a good match for you. Check out this info-graphic for more on selecting a surrogate:

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