How to Stay Stress-free during your Surrogacy

Posted on: December 2nd, 2016 by Simple Surrogacy No Comments

Stress free surrogacy The surrogacy process can be stressful. From struggling with infertility, to selecting an egg donor or surrogate, even the calmest individual would experience some level of stress during this process.

Stress can take away from the process and the joy that welcoming a child into your life can bring. Here are some techniques you can use to remain stress-free throughout your surrogacy.

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is a stress relieving technique that is often underrated. Take a break from whatever you are doing and place your hand on your stomach. Breathe in through your nose, focusing on expanding your stomach to make your hand rise. Then, exhale slowly and with control, through your mouth. Repeat for 5 minutes. This technique can be used as many times as necessary throughout the day to decrease stress levels.

Yoga

Yoga is an excellent form of exercise and relaxation. Being active helps to release endorphins in the brain. The release of endorphins can help ease depression, anxiety, and stress. Yoga is also a calming form of exercise in nature. It focuses on self-awareness and breathing which helps further reduce stress levels.

Sleep

Sleep is a part of our everyday lives. We use this time to recharge our minds and for our bodies to rest. Lack of sleep can lead to memory, judgment, and mood alterations. It is imperative that you get a proper night’s sleep if you wish to remain stress-free. Try to achieve 8 hours of sleep a night.

Journal

Writing down all that is worrying you in life is a great way to reduce stress. Try journaling in bed before you go to sleep. This can help ease your mind and improve your sleep. Also, creating lists can be a great way to reduce the stress caused by worrying that you will forget something or miss a deadline.

Visualization

Visualization is a great way to relieve stress. Close your eyes and picture a place that you feel very relaxed in, such as a beach. Think about what it looks, feels, smells, and tastes like. Doing this can actually bring you the same decreased stress levels as if you were in the location you are picturing.

If you are feeling stressed during your surrogacy process, one of our experts can help. Sometimes just learning more about the process can be enough to decrease your stress level. Contact us today!

What to Consider When Choosing an Egg Donor

Posted on: December 1st, 2016 by Marwa Shwagi No Comments

Egg Donor Congratulations on the decision to become parents through surrogacy! We at Simple Surrogacy promise to be with you, and  guide you, throughout your journey to parenthood. Now that you have begun your journey, you must select an egg donor. This is a large decision, as this individual will comprise half of your future child’s DNA.

Medical Considerations

Many say that as long as their baby is happy and healthy, nothing else matters. In the case of surrogacy, all egg donors are pre-screened and must meet a list of criteria in order to donate. This helps eliminate some of the concerns associated with the health of the baby. In order to be considered as an egg donor, a woman must:

  • Be between the ages of 18-30
  • Have a BMI of 33 or lower
  • NOT smoke, take illegal drugs, or be alcohol dependent
  • Have NO sexually transmitted diseases
  • Have NO psychiatric illnesses
  • Know at least one half of their genetic make-up
  • Have minimum of high-school education
  • Have NO genetically carried medical conditions

There are more requirements to becoming an egg donor, but the above list covers all medical and physical issues. This helps ensure the egg donor is in the best physical shape to provide you with a healthy egg.

Other Considerations

When deciding what you are looking for in an egg donor, you must determine what qualities mean the most to you. If you’re going through surrogacy with a partner, then you must also consider what qualities are most important to them.

We suggest making a list of the qualities that you would like your egg donor to have. Once you have made a list, you can then rank the qualities in order of importance. This way, if none of the donors have all of the qualities you desire, you will know ahead of time which qualities mean the most to you.

Some of the most popular qualities of an egg donor people look for include:

  • Personality
  • Eye color
  • Height
  • Blood type

If you have any questions about how to select an egg donor, please don’t hesitate to contact us. One of our experts will be happy to guide you through the selection process and help you choose an egg donor.

How Surrogacy Impacts Relationships

Posted on: November 25th, 2016 by Simple Surrogacy No Comments

shutterstock_521117749Surrogacy is a form of assisted third party reproduction in which a woman agrees to carry a child for a couple who is unable to conceive on their own.

Deciding on surrogacy is not an easy decision to make, so getting your family and friends on board with the idea could be the solution for a stress-free and successful pregnancy. Becoming a surrogate mother is a life-changing event that affects you and your family, so even before filling out the application, be sure to inform your loved ones. Inform them on the reasoning behind your decision to become a surrogate, and listen to their feelings and opinions. Your family’s concerns may sometimes seem selfish, but in reality they may be mainly concerned about your health and well-being.

Although it may seem like a personal decision, think about how this decision will affect your children and partner in the long run. Whether it’s medical check-ups or travelling distances to meet with the prospective parents, your family will have to make sacrifices with you along the way. While you are pregnant there will be limited activity and shifts in responsibility. Thus, it’s important to communicate with each other and keep your partner involved. Your significant other may be skeptical , thinking something like “you’re carrying another man’s baby.” Through gestational surrogacy, there is no genetic ties between you and the baby. However, it is best to reassure your partner that you are giving a child to a couple in need and remind them about the financial benefits that will ultimately help you and your family. Finally, you should also consult your children and assure them that there is no emotional attachment to the baby. Typically, children of surrogate mothers do not experience negative consequences from their decision to become a surrogate and are very supportive of their mother’s new role.

After applying to become a surrogate, new relationships are formed as well. These relationships are usually valued and sustained in the long run. Surrogates often chose to maintain contact with the intended parents and often meet throughout the year.  47% of children keep in touch with their surrogate mother and have reported having a great relationship with her.

Ultimately, becoming a surrogate is not a simple decision. Consulting your family and loved ones is a great idea. Talk it through with them and ensure you have the support system you need during the next nine months.

When you’re ready to learn more about surrogacy, Simple Surrogacy is ready to help! Contact us today.

How Can I Benefit from Becoming an Egg Donor?

Posted on: November 24th, 2016 by Simple Surrogacy No Comments

shutterstock_521800369One of the greatest gifts that a woman can give is the miracle of life. At a young age, many girls look forward to the day they are able to start their own family. Unfortunately, not every woman is blessed with the opportunity to conceive children. The generosity of egg donation can be a rewarding experience and a dream come true for couples who once thought they were unable to have a child. The ability to provide someone with a child is life-changing.

If you are thinking about becoming an egg donor and are curious about what typically motivates women to donate, here are a few key benefits to keep in mind when considering the role of an egg donor.

Compensation:
There are definitely financial advantages accompanying egg donation. Egg donors are compensated for their contribution in addition to being reimbursed for their expenses and legal fees. Depending on their experience, education and demand, egg donors can receive between $5,500 and up to $10,000! Opportunities that were once limited to these individuals due to financial restrictions can now be attainable. Whether the money is used to pursue an education, go on a trip, or for other personal reasons, the compensation from donating your eggs opens windows for new opportunities.

Life Changing Experience:
While money is a major motivator, many women also choose to donate their eggs because of the feeling it gives them. 15% of couples struggle with fertility issues that are often impossible to fix. Worldwide, there are couples who long to be parents and start a family, but do not have the means to do so. Studies have shown that women who cannot conceive go through stress and anxiety levels similar to those who have recently recovered from a heart attack or have been diagnosed with cancer. Egg donation is thus life changing for both same sex and infertile couples. Knowing you are providing someone else with a miracle of life often leaves egg donors with a feeling of altruism, increased level of self-confidence, and long lasting pride.

You’ll get to learn more about your body:
During the egg donation process, the donor must go through screenings to ensure a healthy medical and psychologic condition to ensure you are a good candidate for egg donation. This process allows you to learn about your physical health and well-being in addition to fertility status. In case you want to conceive children in the future, this information can provide value to you and your partner. You may find out things about yourself you did not know before.

If you are a young, healthy female looking to give someone the gift of life, contact us toll-free at 1-866-41-SURRO, locally at 214-673-9321, or visit the Simple Donations website  to learn more about the egg donation process.

Egg donation: Common Concerns of Egg Donation

Posted on: November 18th, 2016 by Simple Surrogacy No Comments

Discussing Egg Donor

Whether you are an LGBTQ couple or dealing with infertility issues, having to consider egg donation is typically not the first option on your agenda. This idea can be difficult to wrap your head around and hard to accept, especially for couples struggling to cope with infertility. Oftentimes, these couples may be going through a series of emotions ranging from indecision, fear, to confusion. These are typical concerns and fears that intended parents have in regards to egg donation:

What if I cannot bond with my baby?
Having to deal with the idea that having a baby through the use of another woman’s eggs can often be difficult for intended parents to accept. The chance of this happening is very rare. Couples expecting an egg donor baby are usually very excited and welcoming of the birth of the baby. From the child’s birth, intended parents will embrace the child as their own and a bond is instantly created.

In the future, will my child not accept me when they find out I am not the biological mother?
Regardless of the fact that you are an egg donor recipient, you are still the biological mother of your child. The pregnancy process and giving birth are all biological. As long as you are there for your child, love and support them, they will grow to love and respect you as their parents.

My family and friends will judge me
Take your time. If you are worrying about telling your loved ones about your decision to resort to egg donation, you can consider telling them at a later time. Making this decision is not simple, so it is important to get support – you can even ask to speak with a counselor or advisor to aid you in making the decision.

Is there a possibility my child will have a genetic disease or future illness?
At Simple Surrogacy, potential donors go through a series of screenings to ensure they are the best fit for you and your family. Although this is very rare, there is a possibility that health conditions may arise in the future. Make sure you mention your concerns about the donor’s medical history to your Reproductive Attorney. 

Will my egg donor have custody rights or be able to contact my child in the future?
Together with the help of a Reproductive and Family Law Attorney, you will draft a contract that will discuss the role of the egg donor in your child’s life. Typically the egg donor receives minimal information in regards to the intended parents. Your egg donor will hand over all parental and custodial rights to the child that is born from the use of their donated eggs.

If you are still unsure and have more questions and concerns about the process of egg donation, please feel free to contact us or visit us today.

Hear from our Surrogates and Intended Families

Posted on: November 17th, 2016 by Simple Surrogacy No Comments

Surrogates

Surrogacy, no matter if you are the surrogate or the intended parent, is a life changing event. Regardless of the method that you chose, the end result is bringing a child into the world, and into your home. There are many things to consider and plenty of research to be done, which can quickly become overwhelming and stressful. We want to take the burden of researching and choosing a Surrogacy Agency off your shoulders. There is no better way to learn about us, our methods and our mission than from the intended parents and the surrogates themselves.

Intended Parents

Nancy and Jim from Massachusetts used Simple Surrogacy to find a surrogate. Nancy and Jim raved that Simple Surrogacy “found us the most amazing surrogate who is now like a member of our family.” Nancy and Jim continue that at Simple Surrogacy “you are not just a “client”…they make you feel as though you are a friend.” Nancy and Jim are now “the proud parents of almost 2 year old twins”.

After several failed attempts at having children, Rochelle and Jake from Denver chose Simple Surrogacy. They now want other parents “to know that there is hope no matter what you have been through trying to have a baby.”

Amy L. from Dallas claims that “Finding Simple Surrogacy was the best thing that could have happened” to her. She was impressed with the service, mentioning that she was contacted “less than an hour after I sent my first email” to discuss her needs. During the phone consultation between her and her surrogate, an expert “stayed on the line to make sure all of our questions were answered and that the conversation moved swiftly.” Amy goes on to say “the entire process of IVF and surrogacy can be a little daunting to say the least.” She however found reassurance and friendship that helped her get through the process and that Simple Surrogacy was “the helping hand that you will surely need along the way.”

Surrogate

Jasmine from Washington chose to become a surrogate through Simple Surrogacy. She “would love to help another family achieve their goals of becoming parents” and plans “to be a surrogate again in the future.” Jasmine also mentioned that she “couldn’t imagine going through any agency other than Simple Surrogacy”

K. from Arizona chose to be a surrogate before she contacted Simple Surrogacy. She “went into surrogacy with the notion that it would just be something I would get through.” K. however found that “Simple Surrogacy gave me a whole new sense of self-worth during my surrogacy.”

 

Simple Surrogacy will stop at no lengths to ensure all those who choose to use or services are treated with respect, are educated on the topic, and ultimately feel comfortable at every stage of surrogacy. If you have more questions about Simple Surrogacy, please do not hesitate to contact us! Our educated and eager staff would be happy to assist you!

Egg Donation: What Type of Egg Donor am I?

Posted on: November 3rd, 2016 by Simple Surrogacy No Comments

Considering egg donor arrangementEgg Donation is a big decision.  Once you have decided to donate your eggs, you must chose an egg donor arrangement.

There are three types of egg donor arrangements. You must decide which type of donor arrangement you would like before your profile is submitted to the intended parents. An egg donation can be completed by an Anonymous Egg Donor Arrangement, a Semi-Open Egg Donor Agreement, or by an Open Egg Donor Arrangement. Here are the differences between each donor arrangement.

Anonymous Egg Donor Arrangement

Anonymous Egg Donor Arrangement is the most common type of egg donation. In this arrangement, the recipient(s) receive no information about you. In return, you also receive no information about the recipient(s). In Anonymous Egg Donor Arrangement you may not, depending on the agreement, even be informed if a pregnancy occurs.

Semi-Open Egg Donor Arrangement

In a Semi-Open Egg Donor Agreement you will learn only basic information about the egg donation recipient. The basic information that you will learn about the recipient(s) include their name and state. During Semi-Open Egg Donor Agreement the recipient will also learn basic information about you, the egg donor, such as your name and state.

Open Egg Donor Arrangement

In an Open Egg Donor Arrangement, all information between parties will be shared. A line of communication between the donation recipient(s) and the egg donor must be kept open at all times. On occasion, depending on the donor agreement, this line of communication must be maintained throughout the life of the child(ren). With open egg donation, you the donor, are given the chance to review the intended parent(s) profile and learn about them. In some instances, if agreed upon by both parties, arrangements can be made to speak on the phone, or meet even meet in person.

There are many things you need to consider before choosing one of the above donor arrangements.

If you are interested in learning more about egg donation and egg donor arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact us toll-free at 1-866-41-SURRO or locally at 214-673-9321. If you would prefer to speak to us in person, one of our surrogacy experts would be happy to schedule an appointment for you! You can also contact us via our online form. We look forward to assisting you through your egg donation!

Egg Donation: How you can help with infertility

Posted on: October 28th, 2016 by Simple Surrogacy No Comments

Egg Donation and Infertility Many young girls dream about being a mother. They carry their baby dolls around from a young age, strapping them into play strollers and moving a toy highchair next to their own seat at the dinner table.

After months or even years of trying to grow your family without luck, infertility can be heartbreaking.

Infertility can be caused by a variety of factors, and through this difficult time it is important to remember it is not your fault. In a time like this, the last thing you want to do it beat yourself up about it.

It is also important to keep in mind that infertility can even be cured by many factors. In recent years, with medical advancements, many women over 40 have been able to carry a pregnancy to full term, without any complications. Although it may seem small, this is something that would never have been thought possible, without concern for the mother and the baby, just even a decade ago.

Regardless of the reason why, many women who have difficulty conceiving their own child are now turning to egg donation.

Women are born with a finite amount of eggs, and as a woman grows and matures, hundreds of eggs die monthly, leaving a woman with a smaller pool of eggs and an even fewer number of eggs that are capable to carry out a full, healthy pregnancy.

As a woman grows closer to the age of 40, she has fewer eggs than ever, making it difficult to conceive.

A woman of a younger age however, has a greater number of younger and healthier eggs, which makes it quiet easy for her to conceive.

A common misconception in fertility is the age of the mother matters the most when trying to conceive. In actuality, the age of the egg plays a much larger role. When an egg from a younger woman is implanted in the womb of an older woman, pregnancy has a much higher chance of occurring.

For many infertile women, it is the their eggs that cause the problem. They may be able to carry their own child perfectly fine, but need help getting things started with an egg.

If you are a younger, healthy woman who loves to give back to others and help them realize their dreams, egg donation may be worth your consideration. Think back to your own baby doll, and how much you loved it. Give the gift of motherhood through egg donation.

If you would like to learn more, visit Simple Donations, where the entire process of egg donation is made simple.

 

 

 

 

Bonding With Baby: Brining a surrogacy baby home

Posted on: October 21st, 2016 by Simple Surrogacy No Comments

Bonding with BabyParents and children share a deep, emotional bond. This bond is what makes a parent’s instincts kick in, to care for and protect their child. This is extremely important for the child’s sense of worth and self-esteem.

Building this bond is vital, and usually begins during the early stages of pregnancy. But what if you are not carrying your own child, how do you and your family begin the bond that will last a lifetime?

Surrogacy and Bonding

For babies who are born from surrogacy, the bonding doesn’t have to wait until the intended parents take baby home!

Even from the early stages of pregnancy, the baby has a strong sense of smell and hearing. Through touch, smell and hearing, the baby attaches themselves to the woman carrying them.

One thing intended parents can do from the beginning is talk to the baby. The more the baby hears the intended parent’s voices, the more familiar and comfortable baby will become. As intended parents, you can even send tapes of your voice and have your surrogate play them for the baby.

If, as intended parents, you are able to, be part of the pregnancy as much as possible. Attending doctor appointments, having a baby shower and even decorating the nursery are all ways to help intended parents feel involved throughout the whole journey.

Taking the time to organize and prepare your home before the birth of your baby is vital. Nesting your home, preparing the nursery and baby proofing the house, gives intended parents a feeling of connection to the baby, and provides the feeling of parental protection, which is a vital aspect of bonding.

Before the big day arrives, intended parents will want to make sure they have everything in order. Packing hospital bags, preparing meals ahead of time and putting the finishing touches on the nursery will make the transition easier for the parents.

Since the baby already has a connection to the surrogate mother, providing a transitional item is recommended. Having the surrogate mother sleep with a teddy bear, which she plans on giving the child, gives a newborn a sense of familiarity and comfort, just from the scent of the surrogate mother.

When a baby is born, they need to confirm all the things they have been hearing, smelling and feeling while in the womb. Allowing the surrogate mother to hold the child after birth allows the baby to confirm their senses on the outside world, which is vital for their growth and development.

Once intended parents take baby home, skin-to-skin contact between baby and parent is highly recommended. The close contact will help both parent and child to build a physical bond.

Intended parents must always remember that when their newborn is fussy or upset, it has nothing to do with surrogacy. Try not to beat yourself up about not being able to carry your own child. Grieve your losses throughout the pregnancy and once baby is born understand that babies are naturally fussy, and it has nothing to do with surrogacy.

Don’t forget about the surrogate mother! The whole goal of surrogacy is to create or complete a family. Nothing will bring joy to the surrogate mother like seeing her efforts complete. Try to stay in contact, as much as you’re comfortable with, to have your surrogate mother see the good she has done.

Bonds between child and parent are extremely important for both the child and the parent. Bonding with their parents is what allows a child to feel comfortable in almost all aspects of their life, and is what allows a parent’s instincts to kick in.

Bonding with your child during the surrogate’s pregnancy will help make for a smooth transition when bringing baby home.

Surrogacy may not be right for everyone, but it can turn a couple into a family, an only child to a big brother or sister. If you are interested in learning more about surrogacy and how it can help grow your family, visit Simple Surrogacy.

Egg Donation: What Sets Our Process Apart?

Posted on: October 20th, 2016 by Marwa Shwagi No Comments

 

Considering Egg Donation

Why Consider Egg Donation?

The decision to become an egg donor is one that should be considered with the utmost care. From its ability to provide families with the means through which they may realize their dreams of parenthood, to its financial incentives, there is little room to argue against the benefits the egg donation process can reap for those who decide to pursue it.


The Risks?

However, even in light of these benefits, one must consider what is one of (if not the) greatest risks associated with the egg donation process: undergoing the process through an agency that may not have the ability to provide you with the support you need. The egg donation process is one that entails a number of steps, from the initial screening, to the medical portion that follows. The latter of these steps will require factors such as the commitment to taking medication that is meant to sync your menstrual cycle with the intended mother’s, as well as hormonal medications to prepare your body for the Advanced Reproductive Technologies that will be utilized.

As such, ensuring that the agency of you’ve chosen has the sort of staff that can comfortably walk you through every step of the process is of the utmost importance.


Why Choose Simple Donations?

In addition to their competence, the importance of ensuring that you your agency will provide you with the dedicated support you will need throughout the egg donation process is indisputable. The consequences of undergoing a process of this nature with an agency that is unable to provide you with the guidance you need to understand and correctly implement the necessary steps, as well as the emotional support you will need throughout them, are considerable.

Why is Simple Donations capable of providing you with the guidance and support you will need? We understand the gravity of your decision, as well as the sensitive nature of the egg donation process. As such, we make it our mission to ensure that your experience is as positive as it can possibly be.

This fundamental understanding of your decision can only be achieved by those who have made it themselves. With this principle in mind, we employ staff that have undergone the egg donation process numerous times, and as such, can relate to every step of your journey. In addition to this, we are committed to providing you with the one-on-one attention you deserve throughout the process, so you are never left with the sense that you are “in it alone.”

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The decision to undergo the egg donation process is one that is unmatched in its generosity, as well as its ability to bring joy to others. Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more about how we can guide you through it.