A Pregnant Woman Rests Her Hand on Her Stomach While a Couple Watches

A surrogate mother can help a couple experience the joy and responsibility of welcoming a newborn if they are unable to go through pregnancy themselves.

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What is Surrogacy Tourism?

When couples wish to become parents but are unable to do so naturally, they may rely on surrogacy tourism. It involves going outside of a local area for the purpose of finding a gestational surrogate mother who is willing to carry children to term for future parents.

Some specific reasons why couples may rely on surrogacy tourism include:

  • Surrogacy is not an accepted practice in their home countries
  • They have not been able to find accepted suitable surrogates locally
  • If it is less expensive to travel elsewhere to find a surrogate than to use local agencies

Women who act as gestational surrogates and are involved in surrogacy tourism usually must meet minimum health requirements and go through mental and physical screenings to ensure they are fit for carrying children. Furthermore, they often have access to supportive resources such as group meetings with other surrogates, and pre-natal massage sessions.

Beneficial for the Gestational Surrogates

Surrogacy tourism doesn’t just allow infertile couples to experience the joy of parenthood. It can also be a method for gestational surrogates to earn income by agreeing to bear children, all while knowing they’re doing something that will have life-changing benefits for the eventual parents.

If you’re curious about whether surrogacy tourism could help you become a parent, the first step involves reaching out to an agency. Click here to find a surrogate in San Diego.

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Pregnancy Symptoms — Early Signs of Pregnancy

Pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy; however, one of the most significant pregnancy symptoms is a delayed or missed period… read more

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A Happy Baby

Surrogacy is a great option to have the baby you’ve always wanted when complications make it difficult for you to get pregnant. Find out if it fits your needs.

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FAQs about Surrogacy

Surrogacy is becoming much more common to help couples and singles become parents. It does have a high success rate when done properly, but people have many questions about the process.

Who Is Eligible to Use Surrogacy?

There are no restrictions on surrogacy for married or unmarried couples. Even single individuals can use gestational surrogacy as a method to have their own child. Gay and lesbian couples have become parents through this process, with the courts upholding their rights through the Uniform Parentage Act.

Who Are the Baby’s Parents?

Provided that you’ve followed the rule in California, when the baby is born, the people named as the “Intended Parents” in the paperwork immediately become the legal parents of the child. There is no adoption process or waiting period. There is a contract in place with the surrogate as well as a court order that provides for this legal status.

What About Donor Eggs or Sperm?

Even when the intended parents have used donor eggs or sperm, the potential child still is designated as the baby of the parents, not the surrogate. The legalities of using donated eggs or sperm is handled in the paperwork, with the surrogate simply acting as a gestational host.

When choosing surrogacy, it’s important to work with a medical and legal team who understand this process. Don’t leave anything to chance by not having an experienced advocate on your side. California is a surrogacy-friendly state, but it relies on you following their rules to receive the protection of the law. To get more information about egg donation in El Cajon, visit this website.

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Fertility and Cancer: Understanding Your Options

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are considering a treatment plan, it is imperative that you discuss your fertility options with your healthcare team as soon as possible… read more

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An Introduction to Egg Donation

By agreeing to be an egg donor, a woman is agreeing to give her eggs to an individual or a couple that is unable to conceive. While some variation exists amongst the requirements for egg donors, some standard criteria exist. Some of these requirements are put in place for legal reasons and some are meant to increase the odds of a pregnancy occurring and sustaining itself. But all of these rules emphasize the safety of both the donor and the recipient. Egg donors need to be in excellent physical and mental health. They must also be at least 21 years of age in order to legally sign the contract independently, and egg donors typically cannot be over the age of 30, as women above this age range generally do not respond as well to fertility treatments. Older woman also have a higher risk of producing eggs that are unhealthy and subject to birth defects. Some programs only select women who have previously had successful pregnancies or successfully donated eggs, as they are believed to have a higher likelihood of being fertile and being emotionally ready to give up their eggs to another person. A woman should not donate her eggs if she abuses drugs or alcohol, is currently taking psychoactive medications, or suffers from a psychological disorder. Additionally, if the woman is in a state of elevated stress, an unstable relationship, or has not been treated for past sexual abuse, it is not advisable for her to donate eggs at this time.

It is imperative that the woman understands the process and is able to fully commit to each part of it. The egg donation process is quite lengthy and can significantly impact one’s daily life.
After applying to become a donor with a donation agency, a woman must undergo several visits to a doctor’s office for extensive screenings. These screenings include urine tests, physical and gynecological exams, blood tests, psychological analysis, and a family background check. The rights and responsibilities of the donor will be delivered by the donation agency. The donor is not accepted into the program without her explicit consent.

Once a woman has been accepted, the actual donation process can begin. First the donor begins a regimen of fertility drugs that are taken orally and with self-injections. These drugs cause the ovaries to release multiple eggs at a time. During this time the donor will have several visits to the doctor in order to monitor its progress. The eggs are then taken from the ovaries through a surgical procedure. The body will need to recover from the procedure. After this recovery, the donor’s job is finished. The donor is not considered to be the birth mother or the legal mother, as the donor waives those rights during the application and evaluation process. To learn more about egg donation in San Diego, please visit this website.

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