Sign up to be a Surrogate

by Admin on June 18, 2018

Are you interested in helping to give the gift of life? Have you ever been interested in surrogacy to help others build a family?

Family Creations is seeking gestational surrogates in various states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Oregon, Maine, North Carolina, Nevada, Texas, South Dakota and Washington.

As a surrogate, you can earn between $35,000 and $65,000, depending on each circumstance.

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In order to qualify as a surrogate, there are basic criteria that one has to meet.

Surrogates must:

  • Be between 20 and 40 years of age. Often younger candidates are more ideal.
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) between 19 and 30.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Not have a felony conviction.
  • Not use tobacco or smoke.
  • Not use anti-depressant or anxiety medications.

In addition, we will only accept surrogates who have given birth previously without any pre-term deliveries (<37 weeks for a singleton, <33 weeks for twins).  In addition, for those surrogates who have given birth previously, the babies must not have been considered low birth weight.

If you think that you qualify and you would like to learn more about the surrogacy process, please contact us or apply online. There is no better feeling than helping give the gift of life to those who cannot achieve it on their own.



Tips for Fathers and their Daughters

by Admin on June 13, 2018

Cultivating a father/daughter relationship takes work. Undoubtedly there will be tough years ahead when your daughter will want to be independent, so it is important to lay the foundation of a healthy and loving relationship with your daughter while she is young. Hopefully, you will be lucky enough to experience daddy-daughter dance, provide dating advice and teach her how to change a tire on her first car.

Professionals who study father/daughter relationships agree that a strong father figure is associated with the success of the relationship with males in her future.  Therefore, it is important for daddy to compliment his daughter. If they hear the validation straight from their own father, they will be less likely to seek this elsewhere. Validations such as: “you look great” or “you did such a good job” will build your daughter’s self-confidence and reinforce that the most important man in her life is paying attention to her actions and efforts.

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It is also important for dad to support his daughter’s hobbies, endeavors, and talents. Whether your daughter enjoys tap dance, gymnastics or soccer, having your support will mean the world to her and continue to boost her self-esteem. Fathers who let their daughter know that you will be there for her no matter what, no questions asked, is a great way to create a means for healthy communication.

Let her cry, and cry with her. Let your daughter have her emotions and cry and try to empathize with her, too. Hear your daughter out, talk her through the situation and let her know that she can always come to you for a shoulder to cry on.

Lastly, it is important for your daughter to see your respectful relationship with other women, especially her mom. Your daughter should be able to see you treat her mother and other females with respect. This teaches your daughter about what she will tolerate from men in her future relationships.

To all the fathers, intended fathers, and soon-to-be fathers, we wish you all a very happy, and safe Father’s Day!



Can Medication Affect Sperm Count?

by Admin on June 5, 2018

Certain medicines can affect a man’s sperm count. Medication is a known source of causing problems with sperm count or quality, which could play a factor in getting a woman pregnant. If you are trying to conceive, it’s not only important for the female to be healthy, it is just as crucial to pay attention to the male’s health as well. A physical condition could cause the sperm to not be as effective, lowering the chance of conceiving. If a man is healthy, his sperm is normally healthy, too. If you are trying to conceive, a man’s fertility can be influenced by many factors, such as being overweight or underweight, using tobacco, drinking in excess, and using recreational drugs. The factor you may not be aware of is that some medications can also interfere with his fertility.

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Medicine can affect male fertility by reducing sperm production, lowering the overall sperm count. Some medications can affect how the sperm functions. Low numbers of sperm correlate with less sperm being able to fertilize an egg. In addition, if the motility of the sperm is reduced, the chance of reaching the egg is more difficult.

In general, it can take some time after using the medication for sperm counts to increase. It can take months or even years before sperm production resumes. In some instances, sperm counts will not increase at all.

The good news is that most over-the-counter (OTC) medications will not reduce sperm count if taken as directed. If you are trying to become pregnant, talk to your medical provider about how the medication affects fertility for both the female and the male.



Daddies and Daughters

by Admin on May 29, 2018

The very first time daddy will lay his eyes on her tiny newborn face and hold her little body, he will fall in love. There is something to be said about that special bond between daddies and their daughters. He will fix her boo-boos, teach her how to ride a bike and teach her how to drive. Well, that’s what we see in the movies. In reality, daddy might not know what to expect with a newborn girl, or boy for that matter. We have some advice for dads-to-be to be the best and loving dad a little girl…or boy…could ever ask for.

First, don’t be afraid to show your sensitive side. From day one, sing to her, read to her and tell her stories. You shouldn’t feel silly singing nursery rhymes or read to her in different voices. Your daughter will look at you with her big eyes and adore you. This is the start of bonding with your baby girl and you will not regret it for one minute.

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Second, it’s not all pink glitter and sparkles. It doesn’t always have to be girly or involve dolls and pigtails. Those are all stereotypes. Little girls also love sports, cars, camping, pirates, and dinosaurs. It changes daily. So don’t think you can’t have just as much fun with your daughter as you would with a son. Teaching girls that they don’t have to stick to norms empower them at an early age.

Third, they learn everything about boys from you. You set the stage for what is to come about the way you treat women and how you talk about their bodies, weight, dating, etc. So be careful what you say around them because kids are like little sponges. They understand everything. This will help them to create loving and caring relationships with a male.

The daddy and daughter relationship is a very special dynamic that you are about to experience. For the rest of your life, your little girl will look up to you and measure any man up to you. So here is your chance to make a mark in her life.



Can Foods Boost Fertility?

by Admin on May 23, 2018

Many of us have heard that eating nutritious foods is essential during pregnancy for growing a healthy baby. What about before that? Did you know that there are wholesome foods that can boost fertility and help you become pregnant?  There are also some foods that you should avoid if you want to get pregnant.

Dairy is one of those important categories of foods that is full of calcium, which is essential for a healthy pregnancy. Granted, you can get calcium from other food sources other than dairy, this is good for bone and reproductive health. Try to stay away from dairy products that are full-fat, like whole milk and ice cream, since they can quickly add on the pounds, which is not beneficial for ovulation. Stick to low-fat yogurt or cheese in moderation for a quick and healthy snack choice.

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Lean poultry and beef is a great way to increase your iron intake, which is a key for conception. Women who have healthy iron levels tend to be more fertile than women who are iron-deficient. Eating protein in moderation is key – too much or too little isn’t good either. You can also get iron from plant-based sources such as beans, tofu or quinoa. Many medical professionals recommend taking a prenatal vitamin that contains iron.

Breads, or whole grains, are very nutritious and contain folic acid, which is important for your fertility. We’re not talking about white bread or white rice, but the more wholesome grains that are a good source of complex carbohydrates. There is no reason to count carbs if you’re eating the healthy stuff, so enjoy!

Salmon, sardines and herring are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids which are great for regulating reproductive hormones and increasing blood flow to reproductive hormones. These types of fish, as well as walnuts, flaxseeds and enriched eggs can even minimize stress levels. Consult your medical provider about eating sushi or raw fish while you are pregnant or trying to conceive.

There are tons of healthy food options available to increase your fertility. Explore your local farmer’s market for organic fruits and vegetables and enjoy some nutritious meals!



Why Become A Surrogate?

by Admin on May 23, 2018

There are many reasons why women decide to become a surrogate for a couple who is unable to get pregnant on their own. Surrogacy provides options for families or intended parents who have tried other means of having a child unsuccessfully. A surrogate is chosen to help that couple become a family. Surrogates are able to give a selfless gift to families that no one else can.

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Most often, women think about becoming a surrogate for a while, even years, before deciding when the right time is for them. Also, surrogates many times know someone who has struggled with infertility and they want to help them. Surrogates are empathetic, feel drawn or have a calling to help others by giving the joy of having children to someone else. To them, surrogacy is a method for them to give back to families who cannot have children. When surrogates go through the whole process, because it is something that they choose to do and desire to help, many describe their pregnancies as easy and say they thoroughly enjoyed being pregnant.

Financial compensation for surrogacy is a great benefit as well, but often not the only reason was given to become a surrogate. The financial compensation helps women make the choice to become a surrogate. Women use this compensation to assist them with their own family, which makes the process even more heartfelt.

Surrogacy is a life-changing choice that comes with a lot of considerations. If you are interested in finding out more about helping intended parents grow their family, please contact us. We would love to see a connection grow and be part of the surrogacy process.



Is Coffee Safe during Pregnancy?

by Admin on May 22, 2018

Pregnancy makes you tired, we all know that. Your sleep may be affected causing you to be tired and groggy throughout the day. Perhaps you are waking up often to go to the bathroom or you have horrible heartburn at night causing you to stay up.  You may find yourself needing a quick pick-me-up in the morning after having a bad night’s sleep. Of course, caffeine is a good choice in general…well, maybe not a “good” choice, but one that many opt for in the morning and throughout the day.

In general, caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive substance in the world and is commonly found in drinks such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, and energy drinks. So, many tired and pregnant women want to know if caffeine is safe during pregnancy. We recommend discussing caffeine intake while pregnant with your medical provider. However, most pregnant women are generally advised to limit their caffeine consumption to approximately 2 or 3 cups of coffee per day, equal to less than 200 mg.

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In a pregnant body, the absorption of caffeine is quick. This is important to know because the caffeine can pass rapidly and easily into the placenta and fetus. This could be a concern if high levels of caffeine build up during pregnancy. This high accumulation of caffeine can be a problem for unborn babies and their placentas lack an enzyme that metabolizes caffeine.  If high levels build up during the pregnancy, it can restrict the fetal growth which can increase the risk of low birth weight at delivery. In addition, low birth weight is often correlated with an increased risk of infant death.

We don’t mean to scare you about drinking coffee, we just want to reiterate that caffeine intake should be consumed in moderation, just like with everything. Pregnant women should limit their caffeine intake to 2 or 3 cups per day, but just to be safe, run it by your physician.



Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

by Admin on May 22, 2018

Cravings come and go during pregnancy. In fact, pregnancy is the time you may feel you can eat anything and everything. The truth is, when you are pregnant, there are certain foods that can be enjoyed, yet also some that should be avoided.  It is more important than ever to eat a healthy diet, which means paying attention to what you eat, and making sure to avoid harmful foods and beverages.

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Some foods that medical experts advise to avoid during pregnancy include some types of fish that are either high in mercury and undercooked or raw. Fish that is high in mercury is toxic to the nervous system, immune system and kidneys. It is advised for pregnant women to avoid albacore tuna, swordfish, shark, and king mackerel. If you do eat this type of fish, it should not be more than once a month. However, it is healthy to eat low-mercury fish one to two times per week, which has omega-3 fatty acids. Fish that is undercooked or raw can be problematic for pregnant women as it can cause parasites or infections, which include Salmonella, Listeria or norovirus.  These infections could be passed on to the unborn baby which could cause medical consequences. We recommend avoiding eating sushi dishes, however, talk to your medical provider for more information.

It is also recommended to avoid eating meat or eggs that are raw or undercooked.  Eating these types of food can increase the possibility of infection from bacteria or parasites, such as E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella. Foods such as poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, homemade ice cream and mayonnaise or any other foods that contain raw meat should be avoided since this could be risky for the health of the unborn baby. We recommend eating foods that are cooked or reheated throughout and don’t forget to read food labels to makes sure that pasteurized eggs are used instead of raw eggs.



Dealing with a Miscarriage

by Admin on May 22, 2018

Pregnancy is a true miracle. Often we take for granted something that is so complex in nature when it comes so easy to some. For others, who face issues with pregnancy, such as miscarriage, it can be emotional and difficult to deal with.

Many women who find out they are pregnant for the first time often rejoice and feel an immediate bond. They may view pregnancy as an amazing journey that happens automatically as they try to enjoy the experience.  However, when a pregnancy ends suddenly and unexpectedly, one’s view on pregnancy can be forever changed. When a miscarriage happens, one can feel as if their body let them down. And for some, this can happen time and time again.

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After one miscarriage, pregnancy can become associated with anxiety and worry. The morning sickness and nausea become welcome symptoms because that means your body is doing what it was supposed to be. Once those symptoms subside, however, then one becomes filled with worry. Concerns regarding the success of the pregnancy and the health of the baby become the main focus.

Women who experience a miscarriage(s) have anxiety where there should be excitement. Believe it or not, miscarriage is a relatively normal process and you are not alone in these feelings.  Experiencing such a loss may make you realize how deeply you want to be a mother.

If you have experienced a miscarriage, it is important to acknowledge the loss of your child. Finding a support system to talk about what happened can help deal with the anxiety and fear. Take the time you need to process what happened and to care for yourself. It can take a few weeks to a month for your body to recover from a miscarriage.



Father’s Day

by Admin on May 22, 2018

It’s almost that time of year to celebrate all the dads out there. It will be an extra special time for same-sex male partners or intending fathers who have gone through the surrogacy process and have become fathers for the first time.

Surrogates and egg donors make it possible for many men to enjoy Father’s Day with their children. Intending fathers rely on an egg donor and/or surrogate to build their families.  This is especially true for a single man or gay male couples who want to have a child.  Many men have turned to the surrogacy process when they feel that their ‘biological clock’ is ticking and are ready to start a family but don’t have a partner.

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Times have changed and gay men have more choices today to grow their family. More and more gay men are moving to adoption, surrogacy or egg donation. As it has become more accepted in society for gay men to have their own children, they can now experience their child’s love on Father’s Day.

If you are a single or gay man, you have options to becoming a father. Feel free to contact our supportive staff to answer any questions you may have regarding surrogacy or egg donation.