Monthly Archives: June 2016

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Surrogacy & Hepatitis B

Surrogacy & Hepatitis B

What is Hepatitis B?

Hepatitis B is the world’s most common liver infection that affects nearly 70% of all Asian populations throughout the World – with 240 million people infected worldwide. While hepatitis B is not as common in the United States, The ONLY way to get the hepatitis B virus is to come into contact with infected blood or bodily fluid. Hepatitis B is not spread through food, water, or casual contact.

How will this affect me as a Surrogate?

There is no evidence that hepatitis B can be passed to a gestational surrogate from embryos created with eggs / sperm from an infected individual. The risk to the Surrogate is essentially zero, based mainly via the CDC recommendations. Most doctors will, however, ensure that gestational surrogates are vaccinated according to proper protocol as a precautionary measure only, although this is not required.

What precautions can I take as a Surrogate if my Intended Parents are carriers of Hepatitis B?

Prevention is the key with hepatitis B, which is why your doctor will likely treat you with the hepatitis B vaccination before you start your surrogacy journey, as hepatitis B is completely preventable through vaccination.

Please Note: This information is not designed to and does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, and treatment or services to you or to any other individual. Through this information, Conceptual Options provides general information for educational purposes only. The information provided is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, call consultation or the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider. Conceptual Options is not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this information.


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Top 5 Myths

Top 5 Myths about Surrogacy

Surrogacy and other forms of assisted reproduction, such as egg donation and sperm donation, have long been surrounded by myths that are completely false. However, these myths, although untrue, continue to be passed around Internet forums and online “resources” causing confusion for Intended Parents, Surrogates, Egg Donors, and Sperm Donors. The following list is here to help you navigate any confusion that you may have – feel free to add your own.

1. Any woman can become a Gestational Surrogate.

False: Not every woman is physically and/or mentally ready to become a surrogate. Lifestyle, family dynamics, financial issues, or health issues are just a few things that can cause a woman to be disqualified (as a surrogate) at some point in her life. As many know, Conceptual Options has one of the most rigorous screening protocols in the United States and internationally; and we pride ourselves in making certain that we screen for the best possible outcomes for the Intended Parents, Surrogates, and the children.

2. The Surrogate Mother has a legal right to keep the baby.

False: Despite recent news reports, gestational surrogates do not have a legal right to keep the baby so long as the state laws where the child is being born are followed. Conceptual Options and your attorney will work with you to ensure that everyone is following state laws where the surrogate resides and where the baby is being born.

3. The Child will inherit some of the Surrogate’ DNA.

False: A medical study from Stanford University has made it clear that a woman who carries someone else’s baby contributes no DNA to the child, thereby causing no effect on the child’s DNA makeup or on the child’s physical/mental characteristics. Why? This is because the child already has its DNA from its biological mother and father (or egg donor and/or sperm donor). And, to be sure the baby’s own blood passes through its own body – not the blood of its surrogate mom. Remember – a child’s DNA comes from two places. Half comes from its mother (or egg donor) and half from its father (or sperm donor). More information on this study can be found here.

4. My Surrogate is only doing this for the money.

False: First, ask any Surrogate is if this is her only reason for becoming a Surrogate, and she will likely give you a piece of her mind. Most, if not all, Surrogates truly want to make a difference in the world, even though money is involved. There is a sincere desire in most women to help those who cannot conceive and give them an opportunity to enjoy motherhood – period. If a Surrogate is only doing it for the money, it is likely that she will not pass the psychological screening in most cases.

5. C-sections and Surrogacy do not mix.

False: One in three births in the United States are performed via Cesarean section, according to the CDC. In fact, women who want to become Surrogates should understand that the standard medical protocol for Surrogacy according to most IVF Physicians is that it is dependent upon the number of c-sections that a woman has had to determine if she qualifies. As for Intended Parents, speaking with your IVF Physician will assure you that a woman can be a Surrogate so long as she has not had three or more uncomplicated C-section during her lifetime.

Let us know what you think and add any more that you can think of in the comments section!


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Celebrities open up about ivf & surrogacy

Celebrities Open Up About IVF & Surrogacy

Dealing with infertility is a very private and emotional process that 1 in 8 people are forced to go through. It is not an easy process for anyone, no matter how rich and famous they may be. And with the spotlight constantly on celebrities, it is just as hard for them when they experience infertility.

However, even though it is a very private struggle, some celebrities have opened up about their struggles and their use of IVF and Surrogacy to have children. The Huffington Post posted an article about 12 celebrities who have opened up about their struggles to have children and what ultimately turned them to IVF and/or Surrogacy.

For example, Nicole Kidman, who gave birth to her first daughter and used a Gestational Surrogate for the birth of her second daughter, explained how difficult conceiving was for her:

“I had tried and failed and failed and failed,” Kidman said in a 2008 interview with Australia’s Who magazine. “Not to be too detailed, but I’ve had an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriages and I’ve had fertility treatments. I’ve done all the stuff you can possibly do to try get pregnant. Every woman who has been through all those ups and downs knows the depression that comes with it. So the way it just happened with Sunday was like, ‘What?’ The percentages were so low. It is the miracle in my life.”

These stories just go to show that infertility does not pick and choose who it effects; it effects everyone, even celebrities. And you are definitely not alone.

For more information on becoming a parent please visit the Intended Parents section of our site.