How Surrogacy Can Help Others Achieve Parenthood

Posted on: February 23rd, 2017 by Pearl Maguire No Comments

There is no question that the gift of life is an amazing and rewarding experience. However, life is full of unexpected events and sometimes throws challenges at you that are hard to understand and accept. Not being able to have a child of your own can cause many heartaches, but to hopeful mothers and fathers everywhere, there is the option of surrogacy. The question is, would you allow someone else carry your baby?

Over the last few years, surrogacy has become a popular option for women; yet it is still a controversial topic to many. Putting your body through pregnancy is no easy task, and of course, you must also say goodbye to the baby once it is born.  It is easy to point out the challenges and negatives that come with Surrogacy, but, have you really thought about the benefits of becoming a surrogate?

Giving something is just as important as receiving something. For those who cannot build a family on their own, it is an amazing gift and humbling to be the one who creates that dream for them.

 

Benefits of Becoming a Surrogate Mother

Emotional Benefits

Families of all backgrounds deserve to experience the gift of life. Surrogacy works the same way for heterosexual, LGBTQ, and families from around the world. Surrogates have the opportunity to decide who they would like to work with and create a bond with. It takes a compassionate and selfless woman to be a surrogate. 

Physical Benefits

The emotional aspect of being a surrogate is difficult, but your heart may actually feel happier also! Some surrogates experience cardiovascular health benefits and studies show that the risk of heart disease is reduced after pregnancy.

As a surrogate you are not only giving the gift of life but are giving a gift to yourself. Beyond the benefits to your heart, being a surrogate has other health benefits. Many surrogates gain and maintain healthy habits while being a surrogate mother. While being pregnant you begin to adopt other healthy behaviors, like cutting out caffeine and eating more balanced meals. These habits begin early on in the pregnancy and can transfer to part of a woman’s natural health behaviors.

 
Being a parent is a special title and as a surrogate you can give that title to any hopeful parents out there. Surrogacy has its hardships, but also comes with many benefits and personal rewards. If you are looking to participating in the selfless act of surrogacy, contact us today!

Surrogacy – What To Expect

Posted on: February 21st, 2017 by Pearl Maguire No Comments

Whether you are unable to carry a child of your own or are in a same sex relationship, you may consider surrogacy as a way to grow your family. At Simple Surrogacy, we work carefully to ensure a good match between the Surrogate and the Intended Parents.

 

From a Surrogate’s Perspective

A woman becomes a surrogate in order to help intended parents build their family. As a surrogate, you will be asked questions that will provide value to both prospective intended parents and the agency to ensure you find an ideal match. It is important to be honest and provide information that you’d want to know if the roles were reversed.  

At Simple Surrogacy, we understand the sacrifices you make in accepting the responsibility of creating a life for the intended parents. We take care of you and work on your behalf throughout the pregnancy in order to enable the best pregnancy possible. At Simple Surrogacy, the process to apply to be a surrogate is simple! From 24-hour support to fully funded escrow accounts, surrogacy comes with a variety of benefits!

 

From the Intended Parent’s Perspective

Simple Surrogacy is here to mend your heartache and help you achieve your dreams of parenthood. We understand how confusing and stressful the Surrogacy process can be. That’s why we are here to ensure your journey is as simple and enjoyable as possible. At Simple Surrogacy, we care about your aspirations and conduct a thorough background check on all our surrogates.  

Your surrogate is carrying your future child for 9 months. Therefore, it is vital that you two create a meaningful relationship with one another. You must be on the same page as your surrogate and make ensure that you discuss how involved she will be after the pregnancy.

 

Whether you are an intended parent or looking to become a surrogate in Houston, contact Simple Surrogacy! If you have any more questions or concerns regarding the surrogacy process, do not hesitate to contact us today!

Why Surrogacy is Crucial

Posted on: February 16th, 2017 by Pearl Maguire No Comments

Many individuals long for the day that they can finally start a family. Unfortunately, many people are unable to conceive. Infertility is a common underlying factor that significantly affects marriages. You may have come to the decision to finally seek alternative paths to parenthood. Non-traditional methods of achieving parenthood can seem confusing and stressful at first, but at Simple Surrogacy the process is simple.

 

What is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy is the process of carrying an embryo to birth for another individual or couple. The woman carrying the child is referred to as the surrogate mother. Surrogacy is a form of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs). Surrogacy was developed to assist the growing number of individuals who are unable to conceive.

How Surrogacy Has Changed The Lives Of Many Individuals

Many individuals view surrogate motherhood as an alternative option to starting the family they have always dreamed of. Surrogacy bridges the infertility gap and helps couples achieve their dreams of parenthood. Without surrogacy, individuals and couples may never become parents. However, with surrogacy, this is attainable. Many surrogate candidates read the profiles from potential Intended Parents and are often enlightened by the struggles many people have endured to conceive a child.

Relationship with Surrogate Mother

In fact, many Intended Parents have such a positive experience with their Surrogate mother, that they choose to maintain a relationship with her even after the 9-month surrogacy period. On the other hand, many surrogates have also had such positive experiences that they choose to continue to pursue surrogacy and become repeat surrogates, giving the gift of life more than once.

 

Whether you are looking to become a surrogate mother or are considering surrogacy as an option, visit our Simple Surrogacy FAQ page for commonly asked questions. Contact us today and one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members will be more than happy to answer any other questions or concerns you may have!

Becoming a Parent Via Egg (Ovum) Donation

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 by Pearl Maguire No Comments

Having to rely on an alternative path to parenthood can be overwhelming. You are not alone. Everyday thousands of women discover that they must face their infertility. At Simple Donations, our staff is committed to helping you put an end to your heartache.

 

Common Concerns of Intended Parents

It is completely normal to feel nervous, scared, and unsure of the choice to pursue egg donation. You may feel anxious and find yourself faced with several questions – Will my child look like me? Will my child love me? How will I be able to bond to my child? Will my friends and family be accepting of my decision?

Becoming a parent is not about blood or genetic links. Regardless of biology or how your child is conceived, accepting the child as your own is the first step to treating the child as your own.

 

Requirements

At Simple Donations, we do not discriminate against anyone. Regardless of your race, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, or fertility issue, if you have the desire to achieve parenthood, we can help. However, we take the safety of our Egg Donations very seriously and we reserve the right to refuse any potential Intended Parent that does not meet these basic requirements.

Intended Parents must complete a background check and have no criminal history. Intended Parents must also be financially stable, between the ages 21-60, have a stable living situation, be willing to undergo a Psychological Assessment, have the support of your spouse/significant other, and must have thoroughly read and understood the Egg Donation process.

 

Interaction with Egg Donor

Most Egg Donors are completely anonymous and decide to have no contact with the Intended Parents. There is however, the option to choose a donor who is open to a semi-open or open donation. Regardless of your choice, we will help you negotiate a level of contact and interaction that both you and the Egg Donor are happy with.

 

Finding an ideal egg donor is easy! Simply register to view donor profiles. At Simple Donations, we encourage you to ask questions and contact us if you have any concerns or need any clarification. Our staff will ensure the entire process is as simple and enjoyable as possible. Visit our website Simple Donations for more information regarding egg donation.

 

Why Are There Specific Requirements For Egg Donation?

Posted on: February 9th, 2017 by Pearl Maguire No Comments

In order to become an egg donor, there are a few requirements to ensure you are qualified for egg (ovum) donation. These requirements are enforced to ensure that the whole process is safe for both the donor and the recipient. If the quality of the egg is not good, there is a higher chance of abnormalities and birth defects.

 

Age

When it comes to donating eggs, donors must be between the ages of 18-30. The minimum age is to ensure that a woman can legally enter into a contract. On the other hand, there is also a maximum age limit. This age limit is enforced because egg quality can decrease as women age. In addition, older women typically do not respond as well to fertility medications as younger women do.

Smoking and Drugs

Did you know that smoking and secondhand smoke can reduce the chance of pregnancy by up to 50%? Smoking can reduce your ovarian reserve, fertilization, and can highly increase the event of a miscarriage. Therefore, smoking and drug use is prohibited for our egg donors.

Alcohol

Reliance on alcohol can cause hormone imbalances that alter the menstrual cycle and make it harder to conceive. The more alcohol that is consumed, the more serious the consequences can be. In addition, excessive drinking can also reduce the number of eggs by 13% and can increase the risk of a miscarriage. It is therefore a requirement that all our egg donors do not drink alcohol prior and during donation.

Tattoos and Piercings

You must not have received any tattoos and piercings within the last 12 months in order to qualify for becoming an egg donor. Not waiting can increase the risk of infectious diseases that might have passed through the needles used during the procedure.

Weight

In order to be qualified for egg donation; you must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 33 or lower. Being overweight enhances the possibility of affecting the egg quality and requires higher dosages of stimulation drugs needed to create follicles. The cost of the additional medication is then transfers to the intended parents. Therefore an egg donors BMI is important.

Refrain From Sex

If you are interested in egg donation, you must refrain from sexual intercourse for approximately a month. This is because donors are extremely fertile while on the medications used during the cycle. If you do not forgo intercourse during the egg donation process, you increase the risk of multiple pregnancies and donors can become more susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

 

If you have any questions or concerns in regards to becoming an egg donor, do not hesitate to contact us toll-free at 1-866-41-SURRO and be sure to visit our website Simple Donations for a full list of egg donor qualifications.

 

What to Know about Surrogate Mother Applications

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Pearl Maguire No Comments

Simple Surrogacy works tirelessly to ensure a good match between the Surrogate and the Intended Parents. In order to ensure that both parties remain happy and healthy, there is a list of requirements in the initial surrogate mother application. Here are some of the initial requirements to become a surrogate with Simple Surrogacy.

 

Age

We ask that all of our surrogates be between the ages of 21 to 40. We also ask that all our traditional surrogates be under the age of 35. This requirement is important in order to ensure that the surrogate mother and the child remain healthy throughout the pregnancy and delivery.

Prior Pregnancy

It is important that our surrogates have given birth before becoming a surrogate. This way we can be assured that the surrogate can establish fertility. There must have also been no complications during the pregnancy, during the delivery, or postpartum. We ask this so that we can avoid putting the surrogate mother or the baby at risk, as safety is our number one concern.

Height/Weight

All our surrogates must have Body Mass Index (BMI) of under 33. This is to ensure that the surrogate and the child remain happy and healthy throughout the process. Women who have a BMI of over 33 are more likely to develop diabetes during pregnancy which can put the mother and the baby at risk. Conception can take a longer time in individuals with a BMI of over 33. This translates to additional time, money, and stress for both the surrogate and the intended parents.

Tattoos/Piercings

Our surrogates must have had no tattoos or piercings completed within the last 12 months. This is important to ensure that no diseases were passed via needle during the tattoo or piercing procedure.

 

At Simple Surrogacy, we make becoming a surrogate mother simple! Fill out our online surrogate mother application to get started. If you have any questions or concerns regarding surrogacy, please contact us online or by phone, and one of our knowledgeable staff members will contact you.

Choosing between Egg Donation and Surrogacy

Posted on: January 24th, 2017 by Pearl Maguire No Comments

shutterstock_517994293The decision to donate your eggs, or to become a surrogate mother, is a difficult, but selfless one. Early in the process, it’s natural to be overwhelmed with information. What’s the difference between the two? Which one would be best for you? How do you even begin to make that choice? The first step to choosing between surrogacy and egg donation in Houston is to learn about how the methods differ.

Egg Donation Houston

When you donate an egg, effectively you give your egg to another mother to carry – you will not be pregnant at any point. It starts with a consultation, where you’ll be advised of all of the things egg donation entails. You will undergo a screening process which is an assessment of your physical and mental health. After you’ve passed, you’ll be entered onto a list of potential egg donors.

It may be a while before someone is in contact with you regarding donation. When they do contact you, you will go through a cycle of hormone boosts followed by the retrieval of eggs. You will have to abstain from things like alcohol for the month when you’re preparing to donate, however you will also recover relatively quickly after the donation process is complete.

Surrogacy Houston

If you choose to be a surrogate mother, you will be carrying someone else’s egg. You will be pregnant, and go through everything that entails, so it’s absolutely key that you have a strong support system in place. Surrogacy also starts with a screening process and a background check. There are several surrogacy mother requirements, including that a surrogate mother must have delivered a healthy baby before, and must not be over a certain age.

After you have completed the screening process, you will be entered onto a list, where you will wait for the agency to approach you when the need arises. After you’ve been approached, you will have an opportunity to meet with the couple so you can get to know each other before embarking on this journey. If you’re both satisfied, you will undergo a procedure to implant the fertilized egg and become a surrogate mother.

Making the Decision

There is no right or wrong decision – only you can decide what’s right for you. Consider your options, consult those close to you, then please contact us to learn more about becoming a surrogate mother or donating your eggs.

How Does Egg Donation Affect Future Fertility

Posted on: January 20th, 2017 by Pearl Maguire No Comments

shutterstock_316827551Becoming an egg donor allows you to make a huge difference in the life of someone else. Egg donation involves giving the gift of parenthood to a couple that would otherwise be unable to have children. However, the whole egg donation process is surrounded by an abundance of myths. These myths leaves many women wondering just how safe it is. Let’s talk about what the process involves and see how these myths stack up against the facts.

What is Egg Donation?

By the time a girl reaches puberty and menstruation begins, her ovaries contain about 400,000 immature eggs. Each month during menstruation, 15-20 of those eggs mature, and one of those eggs is released into the fallopian tube. The rest simply die off and are disposed of by the body. Egg donation is a process that allows a woman to give a few of those eggs, which would otherwise go unused, to a couple that is unable to bear children without medical intervention.

What is the Process?

When you begin the process of egg donation, you will go through psychological, medical and genetic screening. This initial process not only ensures that your eggs are suitable for donation, but it also ensures that the donation process will go as smoothly for you as possible. Once you’ve cleared the various screenings, you are ready to begin the first phase of the procedure. At this time, you’ll receive hormones that will stimulate your ovaries to produce and mature multiple eggs. Once the eggs are mature, you’re ready for the egg retrieval procedure. This procedure typically takes 20-30 minutes, and you’ll be under light sedation. Over the next 7-10 days, your ovaries will return to normal size and your hormone levels will return to their normal balance.

Will Egg Donation Impact Future Fertility?

Obviously, surrogacy and egg donation are wonderful, selfless services that allow you to change the life of a couple struggling with infertility. However, many women wonder how egg donation may affect their future fertility. Some even wonder if they have enough eggs to donate, or if the process will leave them with a shortage of eggs that would prevent them from having children of their own later in life.

During a menstrual cycle, only one egg is released, but 15-20 eggs mature. During the egg donation process, the medication causes all of the eggs that are naturally available during that cycle to develop and be released. The only eggs that are retrieved are the ones that you naturally produce.

Some women worry about how egg donation will affect their life and future fertility. Egg donation does not:

  • Cause your body to stop producing eggs
  • Require that you take an extended period of time off of work or school
  • Make you sick
  • Involve a painful retrieval procedure
  • Cause ovarian cancer

Are you ready to ready to make parenthood possible for a couple who’s is wanting to build a family? Interested in learning more about the egg donation process? Please find us online or give us a call toll free at 1-866-41-SURRO or 214-673-9321.

What is the Relationship like between Surrogates and Intended Parents?

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by Pearl Maguire No Comments

Surrogacy is a big decision for a woman to make. Many women may think that it will be a lonely journey, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. In a majority of cases, surrogates create a lifelong bond with the intended parents. They work together to produce meaningful relationships that are both healthy and harmonious. Here are some types of relationships that surrogates and intended parents have.

Typical Relationships

From the earliest elements of the selection process, Simple Surrogacy encourages honest, as well as, friendly communication between potential surrogates and intended parents. This gives both groups a chance to learn about each other and establish an idea about compatibility before pregnancy occurs. In many cases, intended parents are excited to learn about the woman who is generously offering to make their dreams come true. Surrogacy is an emotional experience that never fails to reap benefits for everyone involved.

As the due date approaches, intended parents and the surrogate often spend a lot of time together preparing for the child’s arrival. It’s not a mandatory part of the surrogacy process, but a lot of surrogacy agencies encourage this friendly participation between parties. Whether it’s a requirement or not, many participants choose to make the most of this time together anyway.

Less Common Relationships

While most intended parents are invested in being a part of a surrogate’s life, others may choose to receive information on a need-to-know basis. Parents who decide to take this route are usually preparing for life after birth and a separation from the surrogate. In no way does this choice reflect their attitude towards the surrogate or her valuable service. If a surrogate wants to establish a more solid relationship, intended parents who fall into this category are usually open to meeting these requests.

 
Choosing to become a surrogate is an unselfish choice that brings happiness to people who thought they would never become parents. We offer friendly and caring surrogacy options that are tailored to your needs. Please visit us online or call 1-866-41-SURRO to learn more about Simple Surrogacy and our commitment to family and friendships that last a lifetime.

The Benefits of Becoming a Surrogate Mother

Posted on: January 12th, 2017 by Pearl Maguire No Comments

shutterstock_431039377Choosing surrogacy is a big step, but one many surrogate mothers find to be truly rewarding. Committing to carry life for another person is selfless and generous, providing a way to give back that few others can accomplish. If you’ve ever considered becoming a surrogate, here are six amazing benefits.

 

Generous Compensation

Surrogacy is a challenging path, requiring several months of preparation, and nine months of pregnancy. As such, compensation for surrogates is extremely generous, due to the responsibility that comes with carrying a child.

The Joy of Giving Life

Millions of families around the country struggle with infertility and illness that can make having children extremely hard. This includes LGBTQ families for whom traditional conception isn’t possible. As a surrogate, you can provide the resources these families need to accomplish their dreams.

Medical Care

As a part of your surrogacy services, medical care will be provided to you throughout your pregnancy, delivery, and recovery. All doctor appointments, prescriptions, procedures, and any potential complications that may arise are covered in full. This provides you with peace of mind as you undergo the journey of surrogacy.

Another Change to Be Pregnant

Many women considering surrogacy find pregnancy to be a wonderful and enjoyable undertaking. For those who loved being pregnant but do not want to add to their families, surrogacy provides an excellent opportunity to carry life once more.

Meeting New People

Through your time as a surrogate, you will have the opportunity to meet many new people, like the family you will be working with. This process allows you to experience different lifestyles and alternative ways to see the world, offering a global perspective that can be both humbling and empowering.

A Strong, Passionate Community

Surrogate motherhood isn’t always easy. However, the support community is vast. This means that you will be provided with a network of caring, committed, and generous women who are also passionate about surrogacy. Many surrogates feel a deep fellowship with one another through their experiences, creating bonds that will last a lifetime.

 

If you are considering surrogacy, Simple Surrogacy is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about what our program has to offer!