Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Choosing Your Agency

Top 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Surrogacy & Egg Donation Agency

If you’re in the middle of searching for your perfect agency, you’re probably thinking “only 5 questions? I have a million questions I want to ask my prospective agency!” And the more questions that you have for an agency, the better! However, you need to make sure that out of all of the questions that you ask before choosing your agency you at least have these 5 on your list.

1. How long has your agency been in business?
2. Is your agency a matching service only or do you provide support to Intended Parents throughout the entire process?
3. What is your screening process for surrogates and donors; and what type of support do you offer them?
4. How are the funds for the surrogate and donors held; is it protected?
5. Why should we choose your agency?

Some of these questions may seem inconsequential, but in the long run you will be glad that you asked them because you will know what you should expect out of your agency throughout the process. For example, finding out how an agency holds their funds is important because you want to ensure that your money is protected, either through an attorney held trust account or an outside escrow agency.

Each of these questions are designed to ensure that you, your surrogate, and/or your egg donor are protected and that your journey to parenthood is as smooth as possible.

To see how Conceptual Options answers these questions and more please visit our Choosing Your Agency page.


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zika virus

Zika Virus Update | Information for Surrogates, Egg Donors & Intended Parents

People all over the world are concerned about the Zika virus and how it can affect pregnant mothers – and rightfully so. Thankfully, the FDA has prepared guidance that is currently being implemented to decrease any potential risks for egg donors, sperm donors and Intended Parents. As there are no good blood tests at this time to detect the Zika virus, the following precautions are important to understand for everyone.

The guidance is as follows:

A. Intended Parents:

If the Intended Parent is from a country or has travelled in the last 6 months to a country/region that is impacted by the Zika Virus (primarily Brazil, Mexico and the Caribbean), then they have to be “known” if they intend to use their own eggs and sperm. These new requirements do NOT preclude Intended Parents from using their own genetic material.

B. Donors:

If the donor has travelled in the last 6 months to a country impacted by the Zika Virus they have to be a “known donor” as well.

C. Surrogates:

The FDA did not address surrogacy; therefore these guidelines are more of a precautionary nature. Surrogates should NOT travel to any of the countries that are affected by the Zika Virus. If they must (i.e., to visit an ill family member), then they should take all precautions to protect themselves against mosquito bites. If their sexual partner has travelled to a region that is impacted, they should use protection for all sexual contact for at least a month after the last day of travel.

If there is a specific concern, they should notify their OB, so they can monitor the baby. If the surrogate travelled to an impacted country prior to getting pregnant, they should avoid getting pregnant for a month.

For more information, please see the following links:

www.cdc.gov/zika

https://twitter.com/CDCtravel


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Happy International Women's Day 2016

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2016

Today is a day about celebrating women. Whether they are our friends, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, or any other special women in our lives…including ourselves.

At Conceptual Options we would like to celebrate all of the women that we work with, have worked with, and will work with in the future. Whether you are a surrogate, an egg donor, or an intended mother we celebrate you! Without all of you magnificent women we would not be able to do what we do. You help us bring miracles to individuals and families each day.

Of course, we also cannot forget all of the incredible women that work here at Conceptual Options as well. Each and every one of the staff here at Conceptual Options is a woman who we celebrate not just today, but every day for all of the hard work and dedication that they give to this company.

Thank you all for helping us create families! Today is your day!