Gestational Surrogacy and Cord Blood Banking

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Before intended parents and gestational surrogates come to an agreement, there are many things to be discussed, from compensation,to insurance coverage, to birthing plans. One important item you may not have discussed is cord blood banking. What is cord blood banking? Cord blood banking is the process of collecting and storing the blood from the… Read more »

First Time Parents? What to Expect in Your First Week

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Not sure what to expect the first week after bringing your baby home? Welcome to parenthood! Rest assured that every first-time parent feels similarly unprepared. Let’s go over some of the surprises you can expect. Babies sleep a lot and cry a lot … and not much else. Your baby’s first few weeks are spent… Read more »

Top Gifts to Give Your Surrogate

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Your gestational surrogate is giving you the greatest gift of all, so it’s only natural to want to give her a gift in return. But what will she enjoy and find useful throughout her pregnancy or after. Most gifts fall into a few different categories such as comfort, special occasion and thank you. Comfort and… Read more »

When Carrying Your Own Child Isn’t an Option, Consider Surrogacy

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The inability to carry your own child is frustrating and heartbreaking, but you do have options. One of the best is gestational surrogacy. What is gestational surrogacy? It’s when a woman who has no genetic connection to you carries a baby for you. The pregnancy is typically achieved through in vitro fertilization, using the intended… Read more »

The Benefits of a Doula During Surrogacy

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A doula can provide support to you as a gestational surrogate, preparing you for and guiding you through the birthing process. Even though you’ve been through it before, every pregnancy, labor and delivery is different. Your doula can act as your advocate, seeing that your birthing plan is followed, and the process proceeds as smoothly… Read more »

How to Get Matched as a Gestational Surrogate With Intended Parents

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If you’re considering becoming a gestational surrogate, you may wonder about the process for getting matched with intended parents. Once you have navigated the screening process to ensure you are physically and mentally prepared for the surrogacy journey, the next step is to find intended parents who are the perfect fit. The relationship between surrogates… Read more »

Congrats – You’re Having Multiples! (Don’t Panic)

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There are endless books, blogs and videos for expectant parents that talk about what to expect when one new baby arrives. But what happens when you find out your gestational surrogate is carrying twins, triplets or more? Multiples are not uncommon in surrogacy, and it’s natural to freak out when you hear the news. But… Read more »

The Quick-Read Guide to Surrogacy Terms and Abbreviations

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When you first begin to investigate surrogacy, you may be overwhelmed by the number of terms and abbreviations you might have never heard before. Whether you’re considering creating your family through surrogacy or thinking about becoming a surrogate yourself, there’s a lot to learn. Here’s a quick guide to some of the most common terms:… Read more »

Surrogacy in Washington: What Intended Parents Need to Know

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If you are intended parents in Washington State, you have recently heard the good news. The Uniform Parentage Act was recently passed. The law will take effect January 1, 2019. This legislation makes Gestational Surrogacy legal statewide. “Altruistic surrogacy” was already permitted in Washington, but surrogates could not be compensated as they are in other… Read more »

Surrogacy in Washington State: How the New Law Impacts You

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Good news for potential gestational surrogates in Washington state and those who would like to work with a surrogate from Washington to create their families. Washington passed the Uniform Parentage Act, signing it into law in March. The law will take effect January 1, 2019. The new state law gives individuals who are struggling with… Read more »