Tips for Being a Good Surrogate

by Admin on February 15, 2019

It is a huge commitment to become a surrogate. Being a surrogate is different for every woman, yet it involves many emotions and physical demands to create a life-changing opportunity that helps intended parents build their family. Although surrogates get compensated generously, they are providing a priceless gift for many who have struggled with the disappointments of not having their own child naturally. So before you sign up, please be aware of all the demands so you can be an amazing surrogate. It is important to do this for the right reason – to help others have a child.

The surrogacy process is long, taking more than a year on average. The time commitment and the physical and emotional demands of the process can be draining. We recommend that you read all information that the surrogacy agency provides. This means that you should carefully read and understand the legal contract, so you know exactly what you are signing up for. Make sure to ask as many questions as you can so that you are educated about the process and you are content with your decision. You will be asked to fill out applications, go through a thorough pre-screening process, as well as pass psychological screenings and health exams in order to be matched with perspective intended parents.

Organization and patience are important attributes to have throughout the process. We recommend that you create an organizational system to help you remember everything and keep track of your appointments. Save all your email and paperwork so you can provide information when it is needed.

It is important to prepare yourself on this life-altering journey. You are truly helping others overcome their struggle of infertility by selflessly giving of yourself to help another family. This may mean that you go through an emotional roller coaster. There will be ups and downs, so giving yourself the opportunity to recognize that and prepare for big emotions is an important part of having a successful surrogacy journey.

Family Creations is a surrogacy agency that helps intended parents fulfill their long-time dream of having their own family. If you’re interested in the surrogacy process, please contact us for more details.

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Struggling with Infertility

by Admin on February 9, 2019

Infertility is the diagnosis given when you are unable to get pregnant after a certain amount of time, usually six months to one year. There are many treatments that can increase your chance of becoming pregnant if you struggle with infertility. These include fertility drugs, hormone treatments, surgery and assisted reproductive technology (ART), such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). While there is a success for some, many women who struggle with infertility may have to make peace with living without a biologic child of their own. Even then there are options, such as working with a surrogate and egg donor or adopting a child.

If you feel like you are the only one struggling with infertility, you aren’t. Infertility is common, with approximately 1 in 8 getting diagnosed with infertility. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are more than 200,000 cases of infertility each year. This isn’t a topic most people want to talk about, and it’s normal to be sad and grieve. It can be very draining and emotional for couples who struggle with infertility; however, working through the pain together is important to heal. There is no right or wrong way to cope with infertility. Just know that grief is an essential part of processing what you are feeling and what your body is going through, and it also gives you time to start feeling at peace with your diagnosis. It takes time and patience to move forward and there is no rush. There are also infertility support groups and grief counselors who can provide guidance and encouragement to help you cope and pursue different options for building a family, if and when you are ready.

Family Creations is here to help if you have been struggling with infertility. If you are interested in finding out more about egg donation or surrogacy, our experts can answer your questions and guide you through the process. We understand your struggles and are here to listen and help make your dream of becoming a parent a reality, even if it’s not in the way you originally imagined.

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LGBTQ Surrogacy Options

by Admin on February 2, 2019

In our society, it can be hard for individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual transgender or questioning to raise a family. Many in the gay communities have dreams of having biological children. Egg donation and/or surrogacy are practical options for becoming biological parents. In fact, surrogacy agencies nationwide are seeing an increased interest from the LGBTQ community in the last few years. The result is a growing population of LGBTQ parents raising beautiful children.

In general, the surrogacy process is the same for any surrogacy, where an egg donor is used to retrieve vital eggs that are then fertilized and implanted in the surrogate of choice using in vitro fertilization (IVF). Gay couples will need to decide who is genetically related to the child by deciding whose sperm will be used. Intended fathers may want to use one partner’s sperm for one child and the other partner’s sperm for a second child allowing for both partners to be a biological parent. There also may be an option to use both partners’ sperm, depending on the case. These are important decisions that need to be made as part of the surrogacy process.

When a surrogate is used, legally, she is not genetically related to the child in order to assure she has no maternal rights. For this reason, there is a legal contract protecting the LGBTQ intended parents from the surrogate wanting to keep the baby. Surrogates are generously compensated for their service. Some states legalize the surrogacy process, while in some states it is illegal to pay a woman to be a surrogate mother.

At Family Creations, we work with anyone, regardless of age, sex, religion, ethnicity, nationality, or sexual orientation. Surrogacy is an option for LGBTQ couples and individuals, so our experts at Family Creations are here to answer your questions and help you fulfill your lifelong dream of having a family.

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Why Use a Surrogacy Agency?

by Admin on January 26, 2019

There is a lot to consider when choosing to go through the surrogacy process, which includes a significant financial commitment. Some intended parents may want to cut costs by using an independent surrogate. However, a surrogacy agency can be a valuable resource on the journey to becoming a parent. Using a trusted surrogacy agency can eliminate bumps in the road and reduce unknown challenges that can be associated with the surrogacy process.

A professional surrogacy agency can guide you throughout the process and match you to the right surrogate. Surrogacy agencies work with a large number of women who are extensively screened and vetted. When using an agency, you have a more diverse pool of potential surrogates to choose from. This means you have a better chance to select the traits and qualities you that are important to you.

In addition, with the surrogacy agency on your side, you can be assured that your legal rights will be explained to you. Having the right professional legal knowledge and counsel is an important part of the surrogacy journey. A surrogacy agency can help you connect with a professional attorney who specialize in surrogacy law in your state.

If you’re interested in becoming a parent, Family Creations is here to help. Family Creations is a trusted agency with friendly, proficient and knowledgeable experts in surrogacy and egg donation. Our goal is to help families grow and make their dreams come true. We offer support throughout the process from the first meeting to post-delivery. Our specialists will give you personal attention and they have patience, empathy and are skilled at providing you with the answers to your questions and concerns throughout the surrogacy process.

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Deciding To Be An Egg Donor

by Admin on January 12, 2019

Becoming an egg donor is an exciting and important decision that only you can make. Donating your eggs is a special gift you can provide to those who struggle with infertility or can’t conceive naturally. Helping intended parents build their family is so rewarding, yet this comes with a lot of specific criteria and medical protocols that are required. Egg donors are also generously compensated for their services. There are commitments, including time, as well as other screenings that an egg donor needs to adhere to.

If you decide to become an egg donor, the best thing you can do is educate yourself about the process to make sure you are fully on board. You may need to start from the very beginning to learn what egg donation is and how it can help others who want their family to grow. Learning about the medical component of egg donation will shed light about how the process technically works. You may have questions about the procedure itself – like how your eggs will be removed? Or how many eggs will be removed? We recommend writing down all your questions when they come up so that you have all the answers you need. There are great online resources on our website and our specialists can also help answer your questions about egg donation. The more you know, the more comfortable you will be about your decision.

Once you make the decision to be an egg donor, you may want to share the news with your partner, close family or friends. Having a support network is important for your journey to be successful. You may also want to share your feelings and motivations for becoming an egg donor. If you have your support system in place, you are one step ahead of the game.

If you’re ready to be an egg donor, contact Family Creations about options to help others build their family. We can provide information about the process and guide you in the right direction to get you the answers you are searching for. Let Family Creations help your family grow!

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How Do Intended Parents and Surrogates Get MatchedSome people may wonder how intended parents and surrogates get matched. Surrogacy agencies are very selective about who is eligible to be a surrogate. All surrogate candidates need to go through a thorough process which then qualifies them or disqualifies them due to a variety of criteria that they need to meet. There are a series of interviews, background checks, medical reviews, and many other steps to complete. The screening process can take several months to assure that there are no risks involved.

When we accept our surrogate candidates, we educate them about the details of the entire process so they know exactly what to expect. There is also education for the intended parents so they are aware of the process as well. The intention is to provide information so that the process is transparent for everyone. We don’t want there to be any surprises for either party.

Family Creations looks for compatibility between a surrogate and the intended parent(s). Ultimately, our success at matching surrogates with intended parents is due to listening. We make every effort to get to know our intended parents and our surrogates, their beliefs and expectations. We listen to everyone’s needs to discover the right match in our database. The intended parent(s) will review potential surrogate profiles and view information and pictures. If there is a connection, Family Creations will facilitate a meeting to introduce both parties and get to know one another to find out if there is a match.

In order to help intended parents fulfill their dream of growing their family, Family Creations focuses on our three pillars of surrogacy: patience, diligence and empathy.

Contact Family Creations today if you are interested in the surrogacy process. We are here to make your New Year’s resolution of building a family come true.

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Single Parent Surrogacy

by Admin on December 29, 2018

As egg donation and surrogacy are becoming more common options for having children, many people are choosing to become single parents on their own. The stereotype has changed – women are not the only ones raising children on their own. Nowadays, “modern” men have become more interested in having children, even if they do not have a partner. Call this a type of paternal instinct.

Single parent surrogacy has become a possible option for intended fathers who are interested in having a biological connection to their child(ren).  The surrogacy process is the same for single parents as for any other intended parents. In general, surrogacy for a single man requires both an egg donor and a gestational surrogate. The man’s sperm is fused with the donor eggs resulting in a varying number of embryos. Those embryos are then implanted in the surrogate using in vitro fertilization (IVF). The remaining embryos can then be frozen to be used for subsequent pregnancies.

Surrogacy laws and circumstances vary from state to state, so consult an experienced attorney in your state who represents intended parents and surrogates. It is important to do your research, talk to others who have gone through the process, and get referrals to make sure this is the path for you.

Contact Family Creations if you are looking for an agency that works with single parents. If you need additional details or support about the process and are ready to learn more about how surrogacy works for a single parent, call us for information. We make it easy to take the first step to help you fulfill your dream of starting a family.

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The Need for Surrogates

by Admin on December 22, 2018

Through medical technology, education, and acceptance, surrogacy has become a viable option for couples and individuals who wish to have children but cannot have them naturally. Gestational surrogates help individuals and couples experience the miracle of parenthood. In the past years, the demand for surrogates has increased. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of gestational surrogates significantly increased from 1% in 1999 to 2.5% in 2013. This resulted in the birth of 18,400 babies during the 14-year period. Over half of these babies were twins, triplets or other multiples.

There are various reasons to use a surrogate. A gestational carrier can help intended parents achieve joy and can fulfill their dream of having their own family. Some women may have significant health complications which can contribute to a high-risk pregnancy. The risk of going through a complicated pregnancy could be life-threatening for both the mother and baby. A surrogate can eliminate the risks of a complicated pregnancy.

Also, people are waiting until later in life to start their families. Waiting to have a child naturally could impact fertility, for both females and males. Surrogacy has become an option for intended parents who have unsuccessfully tried other methods to have a child. In general, intended parents who use surrogates are older, on average, than parents who do not.

Each state’s laws vary for surrogacy, so you may want to research based on your state. If you are looking for a surrogacy agency or are interested in finding a surrogate as an option to build your family, Family Creations can help. If you would like to find out more, call our experts at Family Creations to help you through the process.

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Surrogacy 101 for Gay Men

by jalkire on December 14, 2018

Surrogacy 101 for Gay MenFor gay communities across the US, it can be challenging when it comes to building a family. If you are interested in becoming a father and looking to add a baby to your life, there are many things to consider when planning for your journey to fatherhood. It takes time, patience, money, and hope.

Choosing an egg donor and a surrogate is not an easy task. You can either choose a friend or relative as an egg donor or a surrogate, or you can use an agency to find a gestational carrier (surrogate) who will carry the pregnancy but does not supply the egg. Through in vitro fertilization, the intended parents’ sperm and donor egg are combined and transferred into the gestational carrier’s uterus. Finding the right surrogate and making a connection with them takes time and effort. Gestational carriers and the intended parents must go through comprehensive screenings and psychological assessments to make sure they are a good fit.

There are also legal considerations. Surrogacy laws differ by state, so it is important to work with an attorney who is experienced in same-sex surrogacy cases. Your attorney will offer legal counsel and prepare contracts to ensure everyone’s rights are addressed. Having good legal representation also assures you that custody of your child is with you and not with the surrogate.

It is important to find the right agency that you trust and who has experience working with the LGBTQ community. We want all intended parents to have a sense of hope when trying to have a child, especially when choosing a surrogate. Please contact us with any questions you may have about surrogacy options and we will make every effort to match you with LGBTQ-friendly surrogates to help fulfill your dream of parenthood.

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Michelle Obama’s IVF Journey

by jalkire on November 30, 2018

Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama reacts while talking on the phone to children across the country as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program. Mrs. Obama answered the phone calls from Kailua, Hawaii, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Michelle Obama has accomplished a lot in her life to date. She recently shared with the world her years of struggle with infertility issues more than 20 years ago. What Mrs. Obama realized was that no matter how successful and educated you are or how much you love your partner, infertility can affect anyone. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant or conceive after one year (or longer) of having unprotected sex. The CDC estimates that 12% of women aged 15 to 44 years in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.

The Obamas had tried to get pregnant and they succeeded at one point, but weeks later Mrs. Obama miscarried. Mrs. Obama admitted feeling “lost and alone”. The former First Lady felt like she failed because she did not know how common miscarriage was since it was a topic no one talked about. Couples struggling with the difficulty of miscarriage and infertility don’t always have an outlet to talk to about the suffering they are going through. Couples that are silent about infertility can create even more painful situation for themselves, including shame and frustration as months, then years pass without getting pregnant. Not talking about infertility can disconnect couples from the important people in their life who can provide support. What helped Mrs. Obama, in fact, was talking about her painful loss with her female friends, who in turn also shared their own experience with miscarriage.

What the former First Lady realized was that her biological clock was real and ticking. At about 34 years of age, the couple decided to try in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to have a baby. Michelle Obama endured hormone treatments, blood draws, and many clinical appointments. She was determined to get pregnant. With the help of successful IVF treatments, the Obamas were able to have two healthy daughters. According to the CDC, more than 8 million babies were born using IVF.

Mrs. Obama has shed light on the topic of infertility and IVF. The conversations are now happening more and more and there is less reason to be silent or ashamed. Contact Family Creations, an egg donation and surrogacy agency, to find out about options to build your family.

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