C-Section Journey

by Admin on August 7, 2018

There are some people who think that a C-section is an easier method to deliver a baby compared to traditional, vaginal delivery.  People may assume this because you can choose your C-section date making it seem like you can plan the birth of the baby. This also may seem like a better way to deliver so that you can avoid any surprises.

On the contrary, there are many reasons a C-section is medically necessary.  Many women actually try their best to avoid having a C-section. There are certain conditions, one of which is preeclampsia, where the blood pressure spikes which can lead to an emergency situation during labor. A medically necessary C-section can actually save the woman’s life, as well as the baby’s life.

C-sections are not an easy way out of labor and pain. There are risks with a C-section since it is considered to be a major surgery. Women can be prone to infection or complications such as hemorrhaging. Not only that, there can be risks to the unborn baby during a C-section.  In addition, there is a longer and more challenging period for a woman to heal after the procedure than for a normal delivery. It can be difficult to move, lift the baby out of the bassinet, bathe the baby or breastfeed. You should rely on others to help until the pain subsides.

There is nothing simple about the process of a C-section. Many women may feel upset that they did not have a natural birth. It is hard to face the fact that you may not have a choice as to how to deliver your baby. Many times, in a medical emergency during labor, the right thing is to have a C-section to maintain safety, as that is everyone’s concern.

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Infertile and Pregnant for the Second Time

by Admin on August 7, 2018

Going through years of not conceiving successfully, even with medically-assisted reproduction and new interventions, can be detrimental to your state of mind. This can be a silent and painful struggle that can initiate anxiety or for some, shame.

One couple went through three years of attempting to conceive with in-vitro fertilization, medications, procedures, you name it. They did have a successful pregnancy, but it led to a miscarriage. They repeated the cycle with great hopes yet it still resulted in a loss.  After accepting that the situation, they used an egg donor and had their first successful pregnancy.  For this couple, becoming pregnant and having a successful birth did not erase their identity of infertility. In their attempt to have a second child, they did conceive naturally and they are cautiously optimistic that their path will lead to a growing family. It is hard for them to balance the mixed emotions of wanting to celebrate being pregnant yet also having fears of past loss.

After having your first baby, you may think to get pregnant a second time will happen easily. Every pregnancy comes with risks and without guarantees. So pregnancy after infertility is another chapter of dreams, hopes, and prayers to having a

full-term pregnancy.

If this circumstance resonates with you and you want to have a second child, please reach out to our experts with any questions you may have.

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LGBTQ Parenting

by Admin on August 3, 2018

Children thrive in stable environments that provide security, love, and consistency. What makes the most impact for nurturing and raising healthy children is surrounding them with caring family, friends and loved ones. It does not matter whether you are LGBTQ, heterosexual, single, or in a relationship; the research shows children thrive when there are positive role models throughout their upbringing.
The American Academy of Pediatrics supports LGBTQ parents who raise children through surrogacy, as well as adoption and foster care. The reason is, LGBTQ parents have to plan to raise a family by nontraditional methods such as in-vitro fertilization, surrogacy or sperm donors. This leads to a different dynamic of parenting since they can be more motivated and committed because they take the extra steps to have a family in the first place. They choose to be parents and this often takes a lot of time, effort and money.
When LGBTQ individuals or same-sex couples go through adoption measures, they tend to adopt children over the age of three, which is a difficult age, as well as special needs children. Adopted children with at least one gay parent report that they grew up in an environment that made them more tolerant and accepting of everyone, regardless of sexual status or race. Children of LGBTQ and same-sex couples are successful in school, get good grades and are confident.
Every child is different, so bringing them up in a family that supports and accepts them is an important factor that may be present in households with a gay or lesbian parent.
If you are single or in a relationship and are interested in finding out more about starting a family, reach out to our professionals. We are here to answer your questions and help guide you through the process.

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Explaining the story of your child’s conception can be a very difficult subject for many parents who have children born through surrogacy. It is absolutely normal to have feelings of discomfort or uneasiness about how, or if, to approach the story of your child’s creation. You may be having fears of how your child will react, feelings of distance from your child or instances of them acting out after disclosing the information. You may wonder if they will consider you their “real” parent if they know the truth.  Again, these are valid concerns that you may have, but it will be okay.

Research has shown that waiting to tell your child the origins of their birth until later in life will cause them to act out compared to children who are told their unique birth story earlier on. There is no right or wrong way to tell the story, it just should feel comfortable to you as you tell it.

Some tips we recommend when talking to your children is to keep it simple. Don’t try to make it overcomplicated or overthink the situation. Kids appreciate the simple, straight-to-the-point information. Another tip is not to offer more information than is necessary. Of course, we recommend that you tell the truth, answer all their questions and avoid lying or omitting information. What we are saying is to spare them of all the specific details about surrogacy or any adult topic. This is where the trouble usually starts. If a parent gets nervous and starts spewing information, things start going awry. Even if you have a lot to say, keep it to the bare minimum, yet answer their questions in the most truthful way possible by keeping it short and sweet. As they get older, you can provide more details as their age becomes more appropriate.

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More about Medication and Fertility

by Admin on July 13, 2018

As our medical capabilities get more advanced, there are more medications to treat ailments, infections, and diseases. However, as some medications can be helpful for treatment, they can also have negative side effects and implications on fertility.

Many blood pressure medications can cause a decrease in libido, as well as erectile dysfunction. Medications to treat blood pressure, known as calcium channel blockers, can inhibit the s

perm from fertilizing the egg.  In addition, there are blood pressure medications that can significantly reduce the volume and motility of semen produced as well as decrease sperm concentration.

Pain medications, such as opioids, are known to cause erectile dysfunction, as well as issues with ejaculation. These medications work by lowering the testosterone levels, which causes the production of sperm to decrease.

If you are prescribed antibiotics, be aware that these may affect sperm production. The bigger concern is the need for antibiotics to treat a fever related to an infection or illness. The fever can overheat the sperm in the testes which can affect sperm count for a few months.

The use of medication does not necessarily mean that you will not be able to conceive and become parents. We do recommend that you and your partner consult your medical practitioner to discuss all the medications both of you take and how these could affect your ability to have a child.  There are many medications that have less of an impact on fertility in case a certain drug affects sperm production, mobility, quantity or quality.

Feel free to consult our professionals to discuss the options to have a child. We are here to answer any of your questions about fertility issues, surrogacy, and related topics.

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Planning Another Pregnancy

by Admin on July 6, 2018

If you have delivered a child recently and now you find yourselves longing for another, when can we start trying again?

Experts recommend that you should wait until your body has had a chance to completely recover and restore itself, which includes refreshing some of the nutritional stores that your last pregnancy used. This can typically take at least 18 months for your body to be officially ready for the next pregnancy. If you are in your forties and feel like your biological clock is ticking extra fast, you might still be able to conceive without any problem.  However, the more time you wait, the greater chance that your fertility will continue to decrease making it more challenging to conceive and deliver a healthy baby. There are options if you have fertility challenges to successfully aid with conception.

If you are seriously considering having a baby sooner rather than later, it is generally recommended to make an initial preconception consultation with a medical professional. This is recommended especially if you have special circumstances, such as older age or previous fertility challenges. Your physician may advise you to wait until your body has gone through a normal menstrual cycle. This may be different for women who are breastfeeding, as this might take a few extra months.

As you are waiting to conceive again, it is a good idea to really treat your body well and nourish it for your next pregnancy, ideally. Focus on things like eating healthy and nutritious meals every day, don’t worry about serious dieting to deplete your nutritional supply, start taking prenatal vitamins if you haven’t started already, and get active with mild to moderate exercise to keep fit and increase energy levels.

We are here to answer any of your questions and to help make your miracles come true!

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Getting pregnant is not easy. Couples who are trying to conceive can feel the pressure of the process and may be full of stress and feelings of anxiety, guilt and pressure. For couples who are trying to conceive this can take a toll on a relationship. Just remember that you are not alone. Many couples who are trying to conceive have arguments, this is a normal part of relationships. Couples who have been trying for many months or years can become impatient with the process. This can cause heated arguments, resentment towards their partner and other feelings that can be hard to come to terms with.

Couples need to be on the same page about the decision to have a baby and to start a family. If the couple is disconnected on this decision, this can often be a game-changer in many relationships. When a couple is aligned and the goals are in order, success is more likely to occur. When it isn’t, couples tend to fight and get aggravated with one another.

Make sure to communicate with your partner when trying to conceive. It’s not enough to say you want to start a family one day. You need to communicate with your partner about timelines to make sure they match up. Women may feel like they have a biological time clock they have to consider. Also, women’s fertility starts declining in her early 30s and speeds up after age 35. Men do not feel the pressure of a biological clock and this can lead to fights about when to have a baby. Communication is an important part of the process to make sure the couple is on the same page. This helps with reducing stress on the relationship.

If you are not having success conceiving on their own, you can contact us for a medical intervention and alternative methods to grow your family. We are here to answer any questions you have about fertility and the surrogacy process.

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Chemotherapy and Fertility

by Admin on June 26, 2018

We may not like to talk about it, but many people are affected by cancer. Chemotherapy treatment is used to treat cancer by eradicating cancer cells and healthy cells.

For women, chemotherapy can damage a woman’s eggs, which will affect her fertility. Predicting whether a woman will be fertile and able to conceive after chemo depends on many factors, including age, the type of chemo and dosage of the drugs. There are chemo drugs with a low risk of damaging the eggs. It is also essential to avoid getting pregnant while getting chemotherapy treatment. One should take precautions by using effective birth control if there is a chance you could get pregnant.

For men, chemotherapy will wipe out sperm cells. It is common for men who undergo chemotherapy to have no sperm in their ejaculate. Men’s fertility may return to normal in one to five years after chemotherapy; however, there is no knowing if there is damage to the sperm DNA from the chemotherapy.  It is recommended for men to wait at least two years after chemotherapy to conceive.

Please talk with your medical provider about the type of chemo drugs that will be used for treatment and the fertility risks that come with it. If you or your partner may be taking chemotherapy drugs, it doesn’t automatically mean your conception dreams are over. Also, your doctor may recommend women freeze their eggs or men bank or freeze sperm beforehand, if possible.

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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.

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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!

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