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September 28, 2018

After Surrogacy: 6 Baby Safety Tips for Intended Parents

If you’re expecting a baby via surrogacy, your life is probably a flurry of appointments and planning right now. However, September also happens to be Baby Safety Month, so it’s a good time to take a quick break from the activity and do a quick review of a few safety tips to keep in mind as you finish your preparations.

1) Drop the Temperature of Your Water Heater

As adults, you probably don’t think too much about the temperature of your water. You adjust the dials and move on with life. However, you’ll probably be doing ten other tasks every time you prepare a bath for your little one and there will come a day when he or she will be at the controls. Guaranteed, it will happen sooner than you expect. Take a moment now to drop the temperature down to 120 degrees or less. This is the recommendation from the Mayo Clinic because it will prevent serious burns.

2) Explore Like a Baby

Drop down to your hands and knees and take a tour of your home. Look for things like cabinets that need locks, cords, outlets, and choking hazards. Even if you don’t take action right away, you can create a list of things to do during the last trimester when you’re nesting. (Yes, you’ll probably do that too!)

3) Change Out the Batteries on Your Smoke Detector

The obvious concern is safety here, but also… you don’t want a dead battery beep to wake up a sleeping newborn, so take care of it now. It’s also a good idea to add extra detectors if you don’t already have one in each room.

4) Use Toilet Paper Rolls to Test for Choking Hazards

Sometimes it’s difficult to determine what a baby might choke on. You can use a toilet paper roll to do a quick safety test. If an object fits inside, it’s not a good choice for a little one.

5) Get Your TVs Mounted

It’s estimated that there is a child TV-related injury roughly every 30 minutes. Your television or large computer monitor won’t be risky right away, but they will be a concern when your little one starts grabbing things and pulling him or herself up. Like the water heater, this is one thing you can take care of now and then forget about, so there’s less to worry about when your little one is on the move.

6) Get Your Car Seat Early and Attend a Seminar

Only 5% of parents use car seats correctly, per the American Journal of Pediatrics. Seriously. They may look simple to use, but that’s a big part of the problem. Parents think they’re using them correctly and they’re making mistakes—mistakes which could result in injury or death. Oftentimes, fire departments and other agencies will run car seat checks free of charge. Get your seat early and find a clinic to have your handiwork checked out. Worst case scenario, you’re one of the 5% and can pat yourself on the back. Odds are, however, you’ll learn a thing or two from an expert.

Begin Your Surrogacy Journey with SPS

If you think surrogacy is right for you and aren’t already working with an agency, let the experts at Surrogate Parenting Services guide the way. We can help you find your ideal surrogate and make sure everything is seen to throughout the process. Call us at (949) 397-6855 to learn more or get started.

September 18, 2018

Lance Bass Opens Up About Surrogacy Plans

Surrogacy seems to be in the air in Hollywood these days. Kim Kardashian, Nate Berkus, and more have all recently shared their baby joy. Oftentimes, those in the public eye keep quiet about their desire to start a family. As some may recall, it was actually Kris Jenner who was first caught stepping out of a surrogacy center, initially spurring rumors that she might be trying for another child, when really, she was doing research for Kim. However, with the latest baby news, the celeb in question is already excitedly sharing his news, and he doesn’t have a baby on board yet.

Lance Bass is Hoping for a 2019 Baby

Lance Bass, who rose to fame as part of N ’Sync, has announced he’s hoping for a baby. “This is the year we’re putting it all together,” he gushed in a recent interview. He and his husband Michael Turchin wed in 2014, and Bass says a big part of his decision to marry Turchin was because he wanted to start a family. “We love the idea of having a family,” Bass explains. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to marry this man, because I know he’ll be such a great dad.”

The Couple is Being Open About Their Surrogacy Experience

“It’s an intriguing experience,” says Bass. “It’s something I never knew anything of.” The couple has found their surrogate and says she lives close to them, which is wonderful because they plan to be quite involved throughout the pregnancy and would like for her to remain part of their lives after the baby is born. “The surrogate’s amazing and for her to give us that gift… it’s just so special,” Bass says. Although the couple had not yet found an egg donor at the time of writing, the singer-turned producer announced, “It’s happening, and it’s happening quick.” In other words, it’s possible there’s already a baby on board, but the happy couple hasn’t made the announcement just yet.

Begin Your Surrogacy Plans with SPS

One of the reasons why Bass and Turchin have been able to move so quickly with their paths to fatherhood is because they’re working with an agency. When you choose an established agency like SPS, we handle all the legwork for you. That includes finding qualified surrogates to meet with—those who share your values and goals—as well as egg donors who are healthy and meet your criteria. We also make sure he medical and legal details are seen to, so you can focus on enjoying the pregnancy and preparing for your new bundle of joy. We’re here to support you and your team every step of the way, and we’re honored to have been entrusted by hundreds of families. If surrogacy is the right path for you to help you grow your family, we’d love to be a part of your journey too. Call us at (949) 397-6855 to learn more or to begin the process.

September 3, 2018

PCOS: A Silent Reason Women Choose Surrogacy in California

Women choose surrogacy in California for many reasons. No matter what brings an intended mother down this path, it’s always a very personal decision. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) happens to be one of those reasons, and with September being PCOS Awareness Month, it’s a good opportunity to shed some light on the condition and what it means for the millions of women who suffer from it.

What is PCOS?

Even though somewhere between 5-10% of all women of childbearing age have polycystic ovarian syndrome, many don’t realize they have it until they try to conceive and struggle. Although experts know it’s a hormonal condition and have identified links between excess androgens (male hormones) and high insulin levels with it, it’s unclear what really causes it. It also tends to run in families, so those with a mother, aunt, or sister who has PCOS are at greater risk.

What are the Symptoms of PCOS?               

Irregular Periods: It’s common for women with PCOS to have fewer periods or stop having them altogether. Although some have them more often, they’re the exception.

Pain: Pelvic pain, often confused with PMS or period pain is common.

Hirsutism: Excess hair growth in places men usually have hair (face, chin, body) affects as much as 70% of women with PCOS.

Weight Issues: Weight gain and difficulty losing weight are common.

Thinning Hair: Women with PCOS often have thinning hair on their heads and it may become so severe that they go bald, much like an aging man will.

Skin Troubles: Acne on the face, upper back, and chest can occur. Some women also notice a darkening of the skin, particularly in the groin area or where there are skin folds, such as at the breasts or neck. Skin tags may appear on the neck and armpits too.

How Does PCOS Impact Fertility?

PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility. The hormone imbalances prevent eggs from developing normally. Instead, they become small cysts, resulting in the production of even more male hormones. The ovaries don’t release eggs (or the cysts), so there’s no ovulation, which is why periods reduce or stop. Many women don’t initially realize they have a problem and live with the symptoms for years. It’s not until their lifestyle is severely impacted or they can’t conceive that they tell their physician about the issues. This adds to the challenges because they’re often struggling with things like their weight and diabetes by the time they finally get a diagnosis.

While PCOS can often be helped with hormone therapy, it’s much easier to correct when it’s caught early. Women who do conceive have higher risk for things like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, miscarriage, and premature delivery. Their babies are more likely to need time in the neonatal intensive care unit as well. Because of these risks, some women feel safer working with a surrogate, while others do become pregnant, but have poor outcomes. That’s not to say women cannot become pregnant despite a PCOS diagnosis—many do. However, it’s not safe or a possibility for all women, and as such, they must explore alternate routes to motherhood.

SPS: Your Resource for Surrogacy in California

If you’re exploring the idea of surrogacy in California for any reason, Surrogate Parenting Services is here to help. We’ll walk you through the process, help you find your ideal surrogate match, and stand beside you every step of the way. We’ve helped bring hundreds of babies into the loving arms of their parents and would be honored to be a part of your special journey. Call us at (949) 397-6855 for more information today.

August 23, 2018

5 Immunizations You May Need Before Becoming a Surrogate

Becoming a surrogate is an amazing and life-changing experience. Not only will you help a family grow, you’ll touch lives in a way you never thought possible. Of course, there’s a lot to be done when you begin the surrogacy journey as well, and one of those things includes protecting yours and the baby’s health with vaccines. In honor of National Immunization Month, we’re covering vaccines you may need to get as you embark upon your surrogacy journey.

Before Pregnancy

1) Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

Because most people receive the vaccine as children and can then maintain immunity for life, a simple blood test can be used to verify immunity. According to the CDC, women who are not current on their MMR vaccine should be inoculated a month prior to conceiving. Although measles have become somewhat of a concern in recent years again, the CDC’s primary concern here is rubella, which is highly contagious and can cause miscarriage. If you are tested and are not immune, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated and then waiting month before getting tested again, and only going forward with plans to conceive after immunity is confirmed.

2) Chicken Pox

Bloodwork can also verify if you’re immune to chicken pox. Although children normally recover quite well from it, adult chicken pox can be very serious, especially during pregnancy. Although rare, babies in utero during a bout of chicken pox can develop severe abnormalities, including deformations and neurological issues. Miscarriage is also a risk. Most people become immune after having chicken pox or after getting vaccinated, but a few need a booster, so it’s worthwhile to be checked.

3) Hepatitis B

Hep B is low-risk as it’s only transmitted via bodily fluids. However, it is possible to get it from your partner or even in certain careers, such as health care. Liver failure and cancer are the big concerns. Hep B can be transferred from surrogate to baby, so it usually goes on the list of vaccines as a precaution.

During Pregnancy

4) Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (TDaP)

Pertussis, also known as the whooping cough, can be fatal to anyone and it claims the lives of about 20 newborns per year. Healthcare professionals usually recommend the vaccine somewhere between weeks 16-32 because it gives the baby some protection after birth.

5) Flu

In rare cases, the flu has resulted in birth defects and miscarriages. Experts think it’s related to the fever more than anything else, but they’re still not totally certain. Moreover, medication options are somewhat limited while you’re pregnant, and so having the vaccine can help ensure you stay comfortable during the pregnancy.

Your Doctor May Recommend an Alternate Schedule if You’re Becoming a Surrogate

If you’re travelling or the baby’s intended parents will be taking the baby out of the country after he or she is born, your doctor may recommend other vaccines. Depending on your medical history, you may be asked to forego some of the above or be told to have supplementary ones as well. Always defer to your doctor’s advice—he or she knows you and situation and will give you recommendations specific to your situation.

Become a Surrogate with SPS

If you’re interested in becoming a surrogate but haven’t signed up with an agency yet, SPS is here to guide the way. We’ll help match you with intended parents who share your values, make sure your contract is set, and ensure you stay protected throughout his miraculous journey. To get started, learn more about becoming a surrogate today.

August 16, 2018

Nate & Jeremiah: Surrogacy is a “Beautiful Experience”

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are trying to raise more awareness for surrogacy. “We don’t hear people talk about that as much as they could or should,” Berkus said in a recent interview. The stars of TLC’s “Nate & Jeremiah by Design” welcomed their second surro baby into the world just a few months ago and haven’t stopped beaming since.

Daughter Poppy is Joined by Baby Brother Oskar

“Yesterday, life cracked open in a way I didn’t think it could again with the birth of our son Oskar Brent-Berkus,” Brent gushed on Instagram. “Love multiplied. How can love continue to expand like this. Hand in hand our family is basking in the phenomenon of it all. We love you little Oskar. How thankful we are. How beautiful it all is.”

The couple waited until about a month before Oskar’s arrival to announce the pregnancy. The big reveal came when Berkus and Brent shared a video of three-year-old Poppy, also born via surrogacy, proudly announcing, “We’re going to have a baby brother!”

The Couple is Open, Yet Tight-Lipped About Details

Berkus and Brent share few details about their surrogacy experiences. In 2014, their announcement post read: “While we can’t share much, we can say that thanks to a surrogate and the support of those we love we will officially be a family in the spring of 2015!” So far, what we do know is that the California couple worked with different surrogates and egg donors to bring Poppy and Oskar into the world. While they gush about how special they believe their surrogates are, and how they’ve opted to maintain a relationship with both women, they don’t discuss the details of the pregnancies or surrogacies.

Instead, the pair focuses more on what being in the public eye means to them and how they’d like their story to help cultivate more acceptance for different lifestyles. With one dad Jewish and the other Buddhist, as well as the couple being openly-gay celebs, they’ve certainly had more than their fair share of challenges. When critics took to social media to bash their family, Berkus and Brent responded with class and love.

“My hope with having a show like #NandJByDesign on @TLC, where we go into people’s homes and welcome viewers into ours, is that we can start to break down barriers & normalize the way our family looks & the way our family loves,” they explained. Moreover, the pair has become spokespeople for a new line of customizable diapers by Huggies. It’s a brand “That knows every family doesn’t look the same,” Berkus explains. One “That celebrates individuality and customization and just that inclusion. That’s what this is all about,” adds Brent. The couple hopes that by putting their family out there, more people will realize this is what a “normal” family looks like and will celebrate families of all types.

Begin Your Surrogacy Journey with SPS

If you feel surrogacy is the right way to grow your family, Surrogate Parenting Services is here to help. With years of experience and hundreds of babies born, SPS understands that each situation is unique and all families deserve a positive start. We’re here for you from before a surrogate match is made until long after your baby is born, guiding you and your team through the process and ensuring it’s a beautiful experience for all. To learn more about the services we offer, call us at (949) 397-6855.

August 6, 2018

3 Painful Thoughts Women Have During the Surrogacy Process

Women embarking upon the surrogacy process sometimes have minds that won’t quiet. It’s perfectly understandable, considering most intended mothers would prefer to be carrying their own babies. That’s not to say they are ungrateful for their surrogates either. Rather, there’s a complex grouping of emotions at work which few beyond intended mothers can understand and identify with. On this page, we’ll be a bit brazen and unleash some of the most painful thoughts intended mothers have as they begin the surrogacy process, though with time, help, and healing, can all be overcome.

1) “I’m Less of a Woman”

Women who have struggled with infertility or medical issues sometimes feel as if not being able to carry a baby makes them less of a woman. Logically, you know this isn’t true. You’re so much more than the sum of your reproductive organs. If you find yourself feeling this way, imagine that the baby you’re bringing into the world is a little girl. And, imagine that one day she struggles with infertility too. Would she be less of a woman? Of course not. The thoughts you think will eventually become part of your story. If you think this enough, you may start to believe it. Be as kind to yourself as you would be to your unborn baby. You have many years of motherhood ahead of you; a role exclusively reserved for women.

2) “I Won’t Bond with My Baby”

It can be tough to know that another woman is feeling your baby’s kicks and that he or she is hearing the surrogate’s voice. While these things do prime the little one for life on the outside, they aren’t quite the same thing as bonding. It will be you getting up to feed the little one in the middle of the night, changing diapers, and singing lullabies. Those regular everyday activities will create a bond over time. It’s your love and care that develops the mother and child relationship and nothing will ever change that.

3) “Others are Judging Me”

People who don’t understand the surrogacy process can be judgmental. In this day and age, there are literally still people who think the surrogate has to have a romantic encounter with the biological father! You know that’s not how it goes because you’ve familiarized yourself with the process, but others may be hearing the facts for the very first time from you. Moreover, each person walks his or her own path. You’ve chosen this path because it felt right for you. Quite frankly, you owe nobody any explanations, but if you’re worried about how your family and friends will react, start with those most likely to be supportive. Their love will make all the difference in the world.

Begin the Surrogacy Process with SPS

It’s always a good idea to address these kinds of thoughts before you begin the surrogacy process. Moving away from painful thoughts, either on your own or with the help of a professional, will allow you to relax and enjoy the journey more. When you’re ready to start the surrogacy process, Surrogacy Parenting Services is here for you. Call (949) 397-6855 to learn more about or begin.

July 31, 2018

What Should You Call Your Surrogate?

The surrogacy process has a language of its own and knowing the right term for the type of surrogate you’re working with can avoid a lot of confusion. In addition to this, some people prefer to coin their own terms or choose something a little more personalized from the start, so it’s helpful to know which phrases might be appropriate to denote this unique and special bond.

What is a Surrogate?

A surrogate is a woman who carries a baby for someone else. These women come from all walks of life, but they do share a few common traits: they’re compassionate people who love being pregnant and delight in the idea of helping someone else grow their family. The term “surrogate” can be further broken down into two categories—traditional and gestational.

A traditional surrogate is related to the baby.

Historically, women who have been surrogates have been “traditional” surrogates. They not only carried the baby, but it was also their egg which was used to create the baby. This is largely because medicine simply wasn’t developed enough—intrauterine insemination (IUI) was the only option.

A gestational surrogate has no genetic relationship to the baby.

Modern surrogacy involves working with a gestational surrogate. In these cases, the surrogate’s egg is not used. Intended parents may use their own eggs or donor eggs and the surrogate becomes pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment or similar. A woman who fills this role may also be referred to as a gestational carrier.

A surrogate mother can be either a gestational or traditional surrogate.

The term “surrogate mother” can refer to either a traditional or gestational surrogate, though because traditional surrogacy almost never occurs now, those with any familiarity of the process tend to automatically associate the term with gestational surrogacy.

*This should not be confused with the term “intended mother.”  Where surrogacy is concerned, the term “intended” (intended mother, intended father, intended parents) refers to the person or people who are growing their family and will be raising the child.

It’s Okay to Give Your Surrogate an Alternate Name

As you develop a relationship with your surrogate, you may want to select an alternate name for her that conveys a deeper relationship or more warmth. Intended parents who maintain relationships with their surrogates after the baby is born sometimes like to have a special name for the little one to call her that denotes she’s more like family than an acquaintance. Naturally, selecting a nickname or alternate name is something you’ll want to discuss with her as well. The process is akin to a father deciding if he wants to be “Daddy,” “Dad,” “Papa,” “Pops,” or some other variant. Some pick a word that’s meaningful, perhaps a special phrase in another language, while others simply assign her the title “aunt,” or something similar. Ultimately, it’s up to you what to call her, and there’s no wrong or right answer here.

Find Your Ideal Surrogate with SPS

SPS has a rigorous vetting process for surrogates. We go through an in-depth medical assessment before we start anything, making sure she’s healthy and has already had at least one healthy delivery. We also meet with our surrogates in their homes to get a good feel for what they’re really like, and then make sure they undergo a psychological evaluation and medical evaluation before going through with anything. When we feel like we’ve found a good match for you based on your wishes and values, we introduce you and give you both the opportunity to get to know one another before making a final decision. This is why so many of our pairings form lifelong bonds and it’s only the beginning. We’re here to support you through the whole process, so you can focus on your family and enjoy the journey. To learn more about the surrogacy in California services SPS offers or get started, call (949) 397-6855.

July 16, 2018

4 Ways to Celebrate Parents’ Day During Surrogacy

If you’re going through the surrogacy process this summer, this may be the first time you notice “Parents’ Day” on the calendar. As if Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, both celebrated around the same time, aren’t enough to contend with, you now have this somewhat unknown holiday pop up as well. This leaves a whole lot of surrogates and intended parents wondering where exactly this holiday comes from and what, if anything, they’re “supposed to” be doing about it. If you’re scratching your head looking at the calendar, here’s what you need to know.

Parents’ Day is a Real Legal Holiday

The calendar is packed with observances, some which seem like they may have been created by greeting card companies to make a buck. Parents’ Day could seem like that too, but it is a legal holiday. Signed into law in 1994 by President Clinton, the day is dedicated to “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children,” and is celebrated the fourth Sunday each July. In other words, instead of honoring your mother, as you would on Mother’s Day, or showing gratitude to your father, as you would on Father’s Day, Parents’ Day is dedicated to recognizing all parents and people who play a parental role, as well as to celebrating the family unit as a whole, including the children.

4 Ways to Celebrate Parents’ Day During Surrogacy

1) Write Thank You Notes to Your Family

We don’t often stop and recognize the hard work our family members put in. Maybe your significant other puts in extra hours at work to support the family or keeps the home running smoothly. Perhaps your child takes on extra responsibilities around the home or shows great compassion. Write a short note to each of the special people who impacts your life in a positive way.

2) Work on a Project Together

If you have kids in the home already, today is a great day to work on a meaningful project with them. Some like to do arts and crafts projects, like drawing a family tree or making a scrapbook, while others may prefer to spend the day rearranging a room or painting a mural.

3) Have a Picnic

Gathering everyone together for a meal in the backyard or at a park can be a relaxing and fun way to reconnect. If you’ve developed a friendship with the other people on your surrogacy team (intended parents or surrogate), invite them along. If you love hosting social events, take it a step further and invite your extended family or neighbors.

4) Volunteer Together

Have a look around and see what opportunities suit your style. If you’re eco-conscious, round up the family and head to a park or the beach and do some clean up. If you like to bake, create some treats and deliver them to nursing home residents—just be sure to check with the facility in advance to make sure your arrival time is good and that your treat won’t trigger any allergies or cause issues. You may also find opportunities at shelters for the abused and/or homeless, the pound, soup kitchens/ food banks, and more. Giving back will bring your family closer together and will make you feel good too.

Start Your Surrogacy Journey with SPS

If you haven’t started your surrogacy journey and are looking into your options, let SPS be your partner. As one of California’s most trusted agencies, we’ve helped hundreds of families grow. We help surrogates and intended parents find their ideal matches, then make sure everything is seen to throughout the process, so you can relax and focus on celebrating the new life you’re bringing into the world. Women who want to become surrogates can begin by reading our guidelines and info, while intended parents should call (949) 397-6855 to get personalized information or begin.

July 2, 2018

Expecting Surrogates: Soft Ice Cream + 5 Other Foods To Avoid

Expecting surrogates have a lot of information to keep up with, but thankfully much of it is second-nature because they’ve all had at least one healthy pregnancy already. However, a brief refresher can always be helpful, whether this is your second pregnancy or fifth. Moreover, July is national ice cream month, and there’s a good chance a mouthwatering ice cream cone will, at some point, seem like the ideal treat to cool you down, but you’ll want to steer clear of soft serve. Unfortunately, it can become contaminated with listeria, which causes some nasty stomach issues in healthy people, but can spell out big trouble for surrogates and the babies they’re carrying. Traditional scoopable ice cream usually gets the green light though, so you thankfully do not have to give up the quintessential summer treat altogether.

Did you remember that nugget from your last pregnancy? If so, pat yourself on the back and test your knowledge using the rest of this list. If you missed it, now you know. Check the list to learn about other foods expecting surrogates should avoid for the next few months.

1) Expecting Surrogates Should Be Cautious With Deli Meat

The risk with deli meat is similar to soft serve ice cream—listeria. If you’re craving a sandwich and the deli meat is calling your name, experts say it’s okay to have some, but make sure it’s heated up enough to kill the listeria. Try microwaving or toasting your sandwich/ sub until the meat is steaming hot.

2) Expecting Surrogates Should Avoid Eating Raw or Rare Meat

Meat can contain toxoplasma gondii (which causes toxoplasmosis) as well as salmonella. The cooking process kills bacteria that can lead to infection, so it’s important that any meat you consume is cooked thoroughly. Particularly during the barbecue season, surrogates should be extra careful that the cook is following good practices that avoid cross-contamination and is using a thermometer to check the temperature of meat before serving it.

3) Expecting Surrogates Should Choose Fish Not High in Mercury

Fish contain a whole lot of things that are good for you and the baby, so the FDA now recommends that pregnant women include it in their diets. The caveat to this is that some types of fish are high in mercury, which is a health risk to surrogates and the babies they carry. Canned tuna is generally safe in moderation, but you’ll need to avoid things like tilefish, swordfish, shark, and king mackerel. If you’re a surrogate who plans to share breastmilk after, either giving it to the intended parents or donating to a milk bank, the rule on skipping these types of fish continues for as long as you’re sharing milk.

4) Expecting Surrogates Shouldn’t Eat Raw Eggs and Milk

Unpasteurized milk is often touted as a wonder food in certain circles, but it’s not without risk. Occasionally, unpasteurized milk contains things like listeria, which, again, can be dangerous if not deadly. You’d likely know if you were getting raw milk because it goes at premium prices; it’s not something people usually slip into foods. Raw eggs, which come with salmonella risk, can be a little more difficult to detect because they’re part of things like Caesar dressing, homemade ice cream and custard, mayo, and hollandaise sauce. If a recipe calls for raw eggs, make sure the cook is using pasteurized eggs.

5) Expecting Surrogates Should Refrain From Eating Soft Cheese

Listeria can be present in soft cheeses too. Although some are pasteurized and should be safe, experts say to skip over anything that is not clearly labeled as such.

  • Brie    
  • Camembert
  • Feta
  • Gorgonzola
  • Mexican (with unpasteurized queso blanco and queso fresco)
  • Roquefort

Surrogates: Start Your Journey with SPS

If you’re considering becoming a surrogate, SPS is the place to be. Founded by a surrogate, our agency has helped hundreds of families grow. We offer a warm and supportive environment for both expecting surrogates and intended parents and make sure the process is a smooth one for everyone involved. Although we do have rigorous requirements for all surrogates in order to ensure the health and safety of the little one, most women who are healthy and have had a healthy pregnancy qualify. You can read the requirements and surrogate info on our site, then begin the application process when you’re ready. We hope this list of foods to avoid for expecting surrogates was useful. For more tips for expecting surrogates or for more information about becoming a surrogate, check out our blog.

June 26, 2018

Surrogacy for LGBT Couples in California: How Cali Honors Gay Parents

Surrogacy in California is handled differently than it is in other states, especially when it comes to surrogacy for LGBT couples. If you’re part of the LGBT community, you may already have some familiarity with the state’s progressive and inclusive laws in general, but when it comes to protecting your reproductive rights and right to parent, it is absolutely the best state to be in by far. As we observe Gay Pride Month this June, we’d like to shed a little light on what makes surrogacy in California such a unique experience for the LGBT community and draw attention to a few bits of legislation that can make all the difference in the world for those hoping to grow their families.

California has a Rich History of Supporting the LGBT Community

The state made national news near the end of last year when the first set of textbooks highlighting LGBT contributions throughout history was approved. Of course, it wasn’t just the approval of the inclusive books that caused a stir. It was also the fact that the state mandated LGBT history be part of studies, especially at a time when no other states have similar laws. Some even go so far as to prohibit LGBT discussions. This isn’t the only time Cal’s colors have shown. The state is known for being home to the nation’s first gay rights group, which was founded in 1950, as well as the first lesbian-operated political and social organization, founded five years later. By 1961, José Sarria ran for a public office in San Francisco. He was the nation’s first openly-gay political candidate. When 1965 rolled around, Life Magazine dubbed the city the “Gay Capital of the US.” While there is always work to do, California has led the way in creating equal and inclusive language, spanning across every topic from marriage to respecting gender identity.

The LGBT Community is Protected when Choosing Surrogacy in California

Laws regarding surrogacy vary from state to state. Some areas outright prohibit it or prohibit commercial surrogacy (contracts with payment). Others make it impossible for parents to be listed on the birth certificate. Intended parents are forced to adopt their own children or, in some cases, cannot even be listed at all due to obscure clauses. This means that members of the LGBT community who cannot carry children or cannot create a biological child with their partner simply cannot have children at all or they must make the difficult decision of which parent to make “official.” Surrogacy in California is a wholly different experience. Individuals can become parents regardless of their marital status, orientation, or gender identity. The Uniform Parentage laws take it a step further and allow intended parents to establish their rights before the baby is born. In addition, the state also claims jurisdiction on virtually every surrogacy case that has anything to do with it, including times when the contract is signed in Cali, when the intended parents live in the state, or when the surrogate lives in the state. This means that the intended parents are not only protected by the progressive laws from within the state, but that they remain protected even if they come to the state solely for surrogacy or if their surrogate travels elsewhere. California is the only state that does this.

Choose SPS, a Dedicated California Surrogacy Agency That Offers Surrogacy for LGBT

We’re a California surrogacy agency that is proud to help with surrogacy for LGBT couples. The progressive laws the state has passed protect the rights of EVERY parent, and thus protects the children born as well. Whether you’re part of the LGBT community or not, these laws protect you and your child, and SPS is here to help guide the way. We match up intended parents with well-qualified surrogates who share similar values and attitudes, ensure everything from the legal details to medical needs are covered, and stand beside the teams we create from before conception until long after the baby is born. If you’d like the support of an established and trusted agency and are interested in Surrogacy for LGBT, call us at (949) 397-6855 to get started.