3 Steps Every Set of Intended Parents Should Consider Before Starting IVF, Surrogacy, & Egg Donation

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Intended Parents

3 Steps Every Set of Intended Parents Should Consider Before Starting IVF, Surrogacy, & Egg Donation

The IVF road is a rewarding one, but it certainly has some challenges. We are grateful for new technology that allows couples to have a child who otherwise might not be able to. Sometimes the process can be overwhelming, but with a lot of patience your dream of having a child will come true.

However- there are many things to consider in the process as you journey down your road.

Yet, have no a fear. Here is a quick guide with a few steps to consider as you start your journey through the IVF, Surrogacy & Egg Donation process:

1. Where

When it comes to choosing where to perform your IVF cycle, it’s wise to do your research. There are many IVF clinics in the United States, but unfortunately not all are created equal. The truth is, reviews are invaluable. You can read reviews on any clinic that is in operation.

Also, ask around and see what other people’s thoughts are on the clinic.

And, do as many consults as you need to to feel confident about the doctor you are choosing to help you bring a child into the world. As Intended Parents, you are in control of many of the elements at the start of this process.

Do what you can to make informed, wise decisions to make your journey a seamless, happy, and successful one.

2. How

It’s important to consider how you want to perform your cycle. This process has many options.

Do you want a Surrogate that is close to your chosen birth hospital so you can take your child right home? What if the Surrogate is from another state but more affordable – or the surrogacy laws are better where the Surrogate lives?

Do you want an anonymous egg donor? How would you like to interact with your egg donor? Intended Parents should carefully consider if they want an open donation or an anonymous donation.

There are perks and drawbacks to both. How the journey is done is up to you.

And, let’s not forget – how many children do you want?

3. When

In the world of IVF, it’s all about the “when”. Lining up your timeline with your chosen Donor and Surrogate can be a very tricky recipe. That’s why you hire the best team in the world to coordinate a great Egg Donor and a great Surrogate for you. Let us do the hard work when it comes to scheduling.

Most couples who come to us have spent years trying to get pregnant, and they are ready for the process to be complete and result in a sweet newborn. We are with you. We are here to help assess the best timeline possible for you and yours.

Regardless of your wants and wishes for your IVF, Surrogacy & Egg Donation cycle, we are here to make them come true. With a little love and patience, we can all work together to help you build a family.

A great place to start is right here.


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Surrogacy

Should I Become a Surrogate and Why?

Getting pregnant and having a child is not a possibility for everyone. For many, the road to parenthood is one full of obstacles and challenges, especially those suffering from infertility issues. The good news: help is on the way.

Bringing a newborn child into this world and starting a family is perhaps one of the greatest joys in life. If you have had a child before, then you know what a great blessing it is to add on to your family and bring your tiny one home from the hospital.

In 2018, IVF procedures are making it possible for people with infertility to conceive and have a child of their own genetic makeup, even if the couple is experiencing incredible difficulty conceiving on their own.

While there is certainly an emotional and physical commitment made, there are many benefits to becoming a Surrogate.

Here are just a few of the many joys of being a Surrogate for Intended Parents:

Do For Others What They Can’t Do For Themselves

It sounds a little cliche, sure. But the truth is you are giving a couple the greatest gift of all: the gift of life. You are doing something for someone that they can not do for themselves. This generous act you’ll perform will consume 9 months of your life, but you will literally carry their child into this world.

For this, Intended Parents will be truly grateful for helping them have a child. Their gratitude to you will be endless as they watch the child you helped bring into this world grow and progress. You will have an impact on an entire family that can never be forgotten. This will benefit you in ways you might not expect.

Becoming a Surrogate Has Many, Many Benefits

Most Surrogates become a Surrogate because being pregnant isn’t difficult for them. Some Surrogates even state that they enjoy being pregnant, along with the aura and energy it feeds them. Aside from enjoying a pregnancy, there are other perks as a Surrogate.

As a Surrogate, you will surely be compensated for the physical and emotional toll that will be asked of you. Though Surrogates are of sound mind, challenges will arise.

What gets a Surrogate through these challenges is their desire to help an infertile couple to grow a family.

Another benefit? The compensation a Surrogate receives is to ensure she is cared for and compensated for her time and her energy. Many Intended Parents provide services to their Surrogate to keep them comfortable during their journey as well, such as psychological counseling and surrogate support. The perks of being a Surrogate are endless. From the monetary aspect to the occasional massage, as you help bring a child into the world you will find yourself quite comfortable and compensated while doing so.

Love, Love, Love, Love

While every set of Intended Parents is different, most will want you to be a part of their lives to one degree or another. Even if you already have your own family, being included on text threads and birthdays will simply expand your circle of love and goodness.

You will likely have the opportunity to watch the child grow through intimate friendships that form, or through photo updates and other information.

Remember, you can state how involved you would like to be after the birth. If it’s not a fit for that set of parents, then we can match you with a set that fits your specifications. This process can be tailored to your desires, too.

Super Surrogate

Our Surrogates at Conceptual Options are true superheroes. They are changing lives by giving the gift of life. This selfless act will have ripple effects for many years and generations to come.

To ensure you have the most amazing journey as a Surrogate, contact us today to get started on the incredible journey to become a Surrogate-Hero.


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IVF journey

Your IVF Journey: The Dos, Don’ts, and Musts

Starting an IVF journey can be overwhelming. There are so many factors to consider based on your location, age, and financial situation. Considering your ultimate end goals and how many children you want is also important to consider.

Have no fear, a guide with some major dos, don’ts and musts is here. This guide will help you decipher what is essential, and what should potentially be avoided. As you create your checklist (and check it twice), here are a few helpful hints:

Do Stay Positive, Even When It Gets Challenging

The truth is, this journey is going to have ups and downs. We are going to make it as smooth as possible, but there will inevitably be things that we can’t foresee. The important thing to remember is that the chances of having a child through IVF are very high, even if it takes some patience.

Positivity is an essential part of your IVF journey. Keep good energy (and in abundant amounts) around you, and this process can do wonders. Keep your head up and continue to make good decisions even when the decision is challenging.

Don’t Forget to Remember What Is Important

We mean this with a lot of love, but especially when selecting an egg donor: keep things in perspective. Remember that your end goal is to have a wonderful, healthy child that you are going to fall deeply in love with.

Sometimes we get Intended Parents asking specifics like the measurement of the inseam of a donor to “ensure she has nice long legs”. While this is a lovely feature, we do our best to make sure our donors don’t feel dehumanized, or like objects.

Take a good hard look at the information and photos shared through the profile and make a decision based on what your heart tells you.

You Must Find Joy In the Journey

Finding joy in the journey can make a negative IVF journey into a successful and joyful IVF journey. With each little victory, celebrate the small steps. Find joy in the little things.

Stay in communication with your team, doctor and agency and find what’s good about where you are at in your journey.

Don’t Forget Your Financials

When planning your IVF journey, carefully asses your budget and financial situation so you can make wise choices. This can be a costly process, but with a little advice and counsel you can make this a more cost-effective investment.

Access your priorities and decide where you want to put more money, and where you can afford to put less financial investment. Some Intended Parents spend more on the egg donor, and others spend more on the cycle guarantees through their IVF clinic.

This is up to you. When you are ready to begin your IVF journey, let us help you start on the right foot.