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November 17, 2017

Becoming a Surrogate Mother: How Much Do Surrogates Make?

Celebrity surrogacy is lighting up the media these days. Well-known names such as Perez Hilton, Tyra Banks, and Kim Kardashian have all been part of the buzz around surrogacy. When it comes to the lifestyles of the rich and the famous, the media loves to focus on the price tag of a celebrity’s surrogate. Even when they do their best to maintain privacy, celebrities’ surrogate earnings are often leaked to the public. For people considering becoming a surrogate mother, it’s important to be equipped with realistic knowledge about surrogate compensation.

How Much Will a Celebrity Pay for Their Surrogate?

A recent article by Page Six has painted the life of a celebrity’s surrogate to be quite extraordinary. Sources close to public figures discuss the lengths they will go to in order to ensure their surrogates are well taken care of. Some have been known to hire personal chefs, fitness trainers, and massage therapists to provide pampering and quality care for their surrogate mothers. In even more extreme cases, celebrities have rented out homes for their surrogates in order to be closer during childbirth preparations. Extra amenities such as these, coupled with standard surrogate rates, can cost the likes of Kim Kardashian $100,000 or more.

Luxurious amenities and potential spa treatments can entice anyone. However, these perks often come hand in hand with concerns for privacy. Page Six notes what many celebrities endure in hopes of keeping their surrogacy process private. Some use pseudonyms, work only with agencies after hours, or have their partner handle all communications in order to avoid using their real name. There is the added concern for celebrities that if they reveal their identity too early it can alter an otherwise successful process. They worry that a surrogate will take advantage of the lavish treatment and compensation only to back out at the last minute. There’s also the risk of having the surrogate’s identity revealed to the public, which can attract unwanted media attention and add new levels of stress.

What Can You Expect to Earn as a Surrogate?

If you’re interested in becoming a surrogate, standard compensation is different, and it’s secondary to the emotional rewards of helping a family grow. At a well-respected surrogacy agency in California, first-time surrogates can expect to earn a flat fee of $45,000 – $49,000. Other compensation is typically provided for additional medical procedures, lost wages in the instance you must leave your job earlier than planned, multiple births, etc. More experienced surrogates, those going through the process for a second or third time, will receive higher compensation rates.

In addition to financial compensation, you will be rewarded with a deeply intimate bond with your intended parents. Many intended parents and surrogates form such a close friendship throughout the surrogacy process that they remain in close contact long after childbirth. There’s also the satisfaction of knowing you played a key role in another family’s happiness; without surrogates, many families would be unable to fulfill their dreams of having children. Many surrogate mothers enjoy this feeling so much that they embark on the surrogacy process more than once.

Surrogate Mothers Love Working With SPS

Becoming a surrogate mother is a process that should be handled with care, and potential surrogates can rest easy working with SPS. Trained professionals and expert mentors at SPS not only have personal experience with surrogacy but extensive knowledge about what it takes to make a successful experience for everyone involved. They handle everything from customized matches between surrogates and intended parents, setting up legal consultations and health screenings, and ensuring that all travel accommodations are met if necessary. For more information, contact SPS at (949) 397-6855 today.



November 6, 2017

4 Things That Change When You Become a Surrogate

Becoming a surrogate is an extremely rewarding experience. For intended parents all around the world who long for a family but can’t conceive, surrogate mothers are often the answers to their prayers. Because of this, providing the gift of a child to deserving people is a feeling that many surrogates say is unmatched by any other moment in their lives. It’s important to keep this in mind when initiating your surrogacy process and throughout the pregnancy. Read on for more changes that occur when you become a surrogate.

1) You Spend More Time with Doctors

Being aware of the medical procedures and health screenings you’ll undergo as a surrogate is important. Just like a pregnancy with your own child, you’ll see your doctors for ultrasounds and checkups regularly. However, because of the different process required to carry a child not biologically related to you, your health care providers will want to keep closer attention to make sure everything is going well. Intended parents also have a say in the birth plan and medical proceedings, so if they request more screenings your doctors will proceed accordingly. If you can handle a few more frequent visits to doctors, this will be no problem for you if you choose to become a surrogate. Rest assured that your surrogacy agency will help you understand the full extent of this before you begin.

2) You Form Close Bonds

When you become a surrogate, you will find yourself forming new relationships in life. Not only will you become closer with the intended parents, you will find valuable mentors and trusting peers while working with your surrogacy agency and inevitably meeting other surrogate mothers. Be ready to feel deep emotions for relationships you haven’t yet experienced in life; the bond with your intended parents is unique from any other bond you’ve had before the surrogacy. If you expect your surrogate pregnancy to invoke the same feelings as your previous pregnancies, you will be surprised at the new depths of emotions that surrogates experience. Be prepared to feel fulfilled and rewarded in ways you didn’t know were possible.

3) You Become a Better Communicator

Your communication habits will likely change when you become a surrogate. In addition to communicating your needs with your doctor and family, you will be responsible for sharing information and communicating regularly with the intended parents. This can get intense; depending on the intended parents you are working with, they may want weekly or even daily updates on your health and well-being. Rest assured that this is normal. For intended parents, the lack of control during pregnancy can be quite a challenge. If you step up your communication game, you’ll ease their spirits and in turn have a more enjoyable pregnancy.

4) You Learn What You Are Capable Of

Surrogate mothers are strong, generous people. They understand the joy of childbirth and the importance of family. These things are often what prompt people to consider surrogacy in the first place. As you go through your pregnancy and work with intended parents, you will learn what you are truly capable of. You will be amazed at your strengths and your ability to give such a miraculous gift to those who may have experienced many hardships in trying to conceive children of their own. Many surrogates say there is nothing more rewarding than knowing they have changed the lives of their intended parents.

Become a Surrogate with SPS

If this sounds appealing to you and you feel you are ready to begin your journey as a surrogate mother, choose Surrogate Parenting Services (SPS) to be your surrogacy agency. We have a unique method of matching surrogates and intended parents together based on personality, preferences, and chemistry between both parties. Mentors also work with you closely to ensure that you are more than prepared for all the changes that happen when you become a surrogate. For more information on getting started, contact SPS at (949) 397-6855 today.



October 26, 2017

UT Surrogate Battle Reminder CA is Tops for Equality

Surrogacy in the United States can be a complicated matter. Each state has different laws and perceptions on surrogacy, which often leads to misunderstandings in surrogacy agreements or obstacles for intended parents trying to build their families. A recent issue this year in Utah has the state’s Supreme Court challenged by intended parents who were denied the chance at having a child via surrogacy last year. State law in Utah worked against this couple, sadly delaying their dream to have children. This surrogate battle is a reminder that California, one of the most accepting states regarding surrogacy, stands at the forefront for equality.

Utah Couple Denied Chance at Family

An article published by Fox 13, a news source based in Salt Lake City, Utah, relays the details of a current surrogate battle happening between the state’s Supreme Court and a married gay couple. In 2016, a Utah judge denied the couple their chance to use a surrogate mother. According to Fox 13, the reasoning behind this ruling is that surrogacy is an option only available if a couple provides proof that a mother cannot conceive or is in medical danger if conception occurs. Previously, Utah state law did not approve surrogacy for same-sex partners because it required parents to be legally married. Now that Utah recognizes same-sex marriage, this ruling appears to discriminate against the gay couple based on the lack of “proof” required. Edwin Wall, the couple’s attorney, says, “There is no basis the state could assert that there is any legitimate reason in this case to distinguish between the married male couple and either married female couples or heterosexual couples.” In other words, a gender-neutral reading of the law at hand would settle the matter and approve the couple ready to start their surrogacy process. Unfortunately, time will have to tell as Utah’s Supreme Court won’t be ready to make a ruling for several months.

California Shines as Most Accepting State for Surrogacy

Unlike Utah, there is no question that California is a surrogacy-friendly state. State laws in California allow any parents – regardless of marital status or sexual orientation – to legally establish parental rights even before the child is born. In 1993, a famous surrogacy case brought to light this issue of establishing parental rights. Johnson v. Calvert was a case concerning a surrogate mother’s refusal to release the child she gave birth to, even though it was not related to her biologically (having been conceived with the intended parents’ sperm and egg). The final ruling determined that the intended parents – a married man and woman – were the child’s genetic, biological, and natural parents. California has now expanded on this to include all parent structures, making them a leader in equality for surrogacy arrangements.

Choose SPS to Build Your Family

Based in California, Surrogate Parenting Services (SPS) is more than welcoming of any parents looking for a surrogate mother to build their family. Regardless of reasons to choose surrogacy, mentors at SPS work closely with intended parents to personally match them with a surrogate based on both parties’ profiles and then continue to work with everyone involved to see the surrogacy through to a successful end. Before the baby is even born, intended parents can rest easy knowing that their parenthood is legally recognized by the state of California and that any necessary legal agreements have long been taken care of. For more information on how to start your surrogacy process, contact SPS at (949) 397-6855 today.


October 18, 2017

Should You Make Your Surrogate Known?

Should You Make Your Surrogate Known?

Much of what is discussed about with surrogacy refers to the agreements between surrogate and intended parents. For both parties, considering this process is a serious undertaking that involves a lot of personal reflection and research. From deciding whether to use a surrogacy agency or work independently, to matching with a surrogate to mapping out legal contracts, intended parents especially have a lot on their plates. What is often missed in these discussions, however, is how you as intended parents should handle the decision in your personal lives. Do you share your decision with everyone or only on a need-to-know basis? Do you mention who the surrogate mother is? Though it is ultimately your choice, consider the following factors when navigating the issue.

The Pros and Cons of Secret Surrogacy

For many intended parents, the mere topic of surrogacy can be a sensitive one. Often the choice to have children via surrogate is not the first, and sometimes it is the last option available. Especially in cases of infertility, talking about the obstacles in building a family is not easy. Once the process is started, there are often questions about whether or not to reveal the identity of the surrogate mother.

Respect Her Privacy

There are some obvious pros to keeping the surrogate mother’s identity secret. For celebrities, this is usually the case. Keeping paparazzi and journalists away from the surrogate mother is not only respecting her privacy but also making her safety and comfort a top priority. This is not far from the truth for everyday people as well. Especially in close-knit communities, keeping the surrogate identity a secret ensures that she will be able to carry the baby with more peace of mind and likely less stress, which is important for both her mental and physical well-being. It also simplifies the situation overall; less questions from inquiring friends and family about the surrogate’s life means less chances of fielding judgment calls or unwarranted advice from outsiders.

Celebrate Her Contribution

Cons to keeping your surrogate’s identity a secret include not being able to celebrate her and her generous gift with people you are close to. For many people, surrogacy is a process that not only brings a child into the world but forms a deep and intimate bond between surrogate and intended parents. This bond is rare and is often a reason that both parties choose to undergo the process all over again; surrogacy can be extremely rewarding for the relationships it forms. Intended parents may decide that they want to include their surrogate mother in their personal lives, more than simply just meeting with them to discuss pregnancy plans. Naturally, this is easier and more rewarding if there are no secrets surrounding her identity.

Create Your Ideal Surrogate Arrangement with SPS

At Surrogate Parenting Services (SPS), trained professionals are there with you every step of the way from the matching process to meeting with your surrogate for the first time to the final stages of pregnancy. Because SPS believes in the importance of custom matches, chances that you will find a surrogate mother that you deeply connect with are high. For more information on how to get started building your family, contact SPS at (949) 397-6855.


October 2, 2017

How Disasters Impact Surrogates & How to Protect Yourself

Throughout the surrogacy process, both surrogates and intended parents alike will agree to specific terms and enter into legally-binding contracts. Though it’s necessary and worth it in the end, it can be overwhelming to consider all the legal intricacies at hand, particularly for those who attempt to go through the process without official legal counsel and without the help of an experienced agency. In the United States, where each state handles surrogacy a bit differently, it’s even more important to fully understand how to protect yourself as surrogate and/or intended parent throughout the process. Recent natural disaster, Hurricane Irma, has brought to light just one of many complications that can occur for surrogates.

State of Residency is Key in Surrogacy Agreements

Ellen Trachman, managing attorney of a Denver-based law firm, published an article recently outlining the legal obstacles that many surrogates faced during their necessary evacuations from Florida in light of Hurricane Irma. She notes that a standard agreement in any surrogacy contract is for the surrogate not to leave her state of residence during pregnancy. This is crucial because parental rights to the child are generally determined by the state in which he is born. For example, a surrogate spending time in certain states outside of her residency (Michigan, for example) would become legal mother to the child if she gave birth there. In other words, intended parents could lose their agreed-upon parental rights simply because the birth happened in a state outside of their agreement. There can also be extreme changes in medical costs depending on if the surrogate must end up using healthcare out of her insurance network. At the same time, it’s clear that surrogates who leave an area when a mass evacuation occurs is being ethical and responsible. She is doing what’s best for her health and the baby’s.

How to Protect Yourself from Complications Out of Your Control

Unpredictable events such as hurricanes and other natural disasters are challenging enough in and of themselves. However, one of the benefits of choosing to go through the surrogacy process in California is that the state recently amended laws to ensure that almost any surrogacy case involving the state must legally be tried there. In other words, if a surrogate must travel out of state, as could be the case with the recent fires, California laws still apply. The surrogate can safely leave and temporarily relocate elsewhere, knowing that all protections afforded to her under California state laws will continue to protect her elsewhere. Moreover, intended parents can rest assured that, even if the baby is born elsewhere, they will still be named the legal parents of the child. California is the only state that does this.

To protect surrogates and intended parents from the additional obstacles brought on by natural disasters and catastrophic events, attornies creating surrogacy contracts should incorporate natural disaster contingency plans into agreements between surrogates and intended parents. Although this matters to a lesser degree to people in California, it’s paramount for people going through the surrogacy process in other parts of the country with less progressive laws.

Surrogates Can Trust in SPS for Expert Guidance

Surrogate Parenting Services (SPS) has the advantage of being a surrogate agency in California, the state with the most liberal and accommodating surrogacy laws in the United States. Because California allows intended parents to establish legal parentage before the child is born, both parties can rest assured that fewer complications will arise when it comes time for delivery (natural disaster or otherwise). For all other legal maneuvers, expert mentors at SPS will be with you every single step of the way to make sure both surrogates and intended parents understand all the proceedings and options available. For more information on how to get started being a surrogate, contact SPS at (949) 397-6855.


September 26, 2017

Surrogacy: 5 Benefits of Becoming a Surrogate

Surrogacy is more than simply carrying a baby for someone else. Surrogacy is the generous act of gifting a child to people who long for a family but have unfortunate circumstances standing in the way. Whatever these circumstances may be, choosing to build a family via surrogacy is not always an easy choice. It comes with much sacrifice and many unfamiliar situations. As a surrogate, you too will face many changes to your current lifestyle. However, the benefits of surrogacy far extend past the traditional compensation that may have interested you from the beginning. Surrogate Parenting Services (SPS) is an agency that will help you achieve even more than you ever expected from your surrogacy experience.

1) Giving Your Life Meaning

Many surrogate mothers speak of the new perspective on life they have during and after being a surrogate. For anyone, feeling like you have a purpose in life is incredibly valuable. Becoming a surrogate is this life purpose for many people. Not only will you feel valuable as a key part in building a family, the gratitude from the intended parents is sure to last a lifetime, long after the baby is born.

2) Fostering a New Relationship

As a surrogate, you will become very close with the intended parents you are matched with. Because they have relinquished much control in this process, they will want and deserve to stay informed and included in decisions regarding the pregnancy. You will spend a lot of time together making decisions and staying up to date on each others lives. For some this process is purely business, but for most it becomes an extremely rewarding personal bond. Its likely that even after the baby is born, you will maintain this deeply intimate relationship with the parents.

3) Expanding Your Social Circle

Not only will you foster a new relationship with the intended parents, you are sure to expand your entire social circle during the surrogacy process. From your devoted mentors at your agency to the many new support groups you have access to, you are sure to meet new people that you otherwise may never have crossed paths with. Surrogacy support groups are available nearly everywhere and are a great asset for making friends, finding support, and navigating your new pregnancy.

4) Joys of Pregnancy

If you do not love being pregnant, then you probably would never have considered surrogacy. Instead, your love for being pregnant was likely one of the deciding factors for beginning this process. As a surrogate, you will still experience much of the same joys of being pregnant. You will have the pleasure of watching the baby grow, feeling it kick, and enjoying that beautiful pregnancy glow – and more!

5) Financial Compensation

Most surrogates are compensated quite adequately for their services. In addition to the medical fees being covered, you will receive a compensation package. At Surrogate Parenting Services, you are compensated even more if you decide to be a surrogate more than once. With these funds, many people gain financial freedom that they never expected. The extra finances have allowed many surrogates to start a savings fund, pursue education, or finance a home.

Enjoy Your Surrogacy Experience with Surrogate Parenting Services

At Surrogate Parenting Services, you will fully understand all the potential benefits of surrogacy before starting your journey as surrogate mother. From financial agreements to legal documents to medical screenings, mentors at SPS will be with you every step of the way. The staff is passionate and committed to giving every surrogate mother a positive and fulfilling experience, one that leads to the gift of a child for deserving parents. For more information on starting this process, contact us online or call (949) 304-5234 today.



September 15, 2017

Surrogacy in California: Qualifications for Surrogacy

Surrogacy in California is a process you should thoroughly understand before undergoing. Being a surrogate, no matter where you are, is the extremely generous gift of bringing a family together. Naturally, there are qualifications in place to make sure that those who desire to be surrogates are cut out for the journey. With Surrogate Parenting Services, a top surrogacy agency in California, you will be more than ready to carry out your surrogacy. Before getting started, its important to consider the qualifications for surrogacy in California.

Basic Qualifications for Surrogacy in California

At Surrogate Parenting Services, there are several basic qualifications to meet before undergoing surrogacy in California. These include:

  • You have been pregnant before – and had a comfortable pregnancy/delivery
  • You are 21-40 years old
  • You have one or more of your own children under your direct care
  • You dont smoke
  • You have reliable means of transportation
  • You are financially stable
  • You have a passion for helping others
  • You love being pregnant

There are other qualifications that many surrogacy agencies require. Your health is one of the ultimate deciding factors in your ability to become a surrogate. In addition to not smoking, potential surrogate mothers should not live in smoking homes. It’s also ideal for your BMI to be under 30, however it is up to your medical advisors to truly determine if you are at a healthy weight.

Physical health is extremely important for surrogate mothers, but mental health should not be overlooked. As a surrogate mother, you should not have a history of clinical mental illness. During your psychological and other preliminary health screenings, you and your professional team will come to a conclusion that determines your mental health standing. No matter what the conclusion is, this experience is only meant to ensure the best possible surrogacy process.

Surrogacy in California also depends in part on potential surrogates lifestyles and backgrounds. It is required that surrogates have no history of criminal activity, are not dependent on government assistance, and are in good financial standing overall. When preparing to undergo the initial screenings, both you and your partner and/or household must agree to all the visits and be able to demonstrate a stable lifestyle.

Other Components of Surrogacy to Consider

Though there are many official requirements in place for surrogacy in California, there are other factors to consider before embarking on this journey. California is one of the most liberal states when it comes to surrogacy and parenting agreements, and according to state law, intended parents have the right to establish legal parentage rights before their child is even born. This means that unlike other states, California does not require the intended parents to go through an adoption process for the child carried by a surrogate.

As you consider becoming a surrogate, think carefully about the legal and medical agreements you will have to establish with the intended parents, who ultimately can make most of the decisions regarding the child as long as it does not put you in a compromising situation. You are going to be living out a long period of generosity, and you should take care to think this through before any binding agreements are made.

Choose Surrogate Parenting Services for Your Surrogacy in California

If you’ve thought through your decision carefully and feel that you meet all of the necessary requirements for surrogacy in California, you then need an outstanding support system to help you not only meet your intended parents but to guide you through every step of the way. With Surrogate Parenting Services, you will be matched with custom-fit mentors and teams of professionals to lead you throughout your surrogacy. You will no doubt have an extremely rewarding and positive surrogacy experience with their help. For more information on surrogacy in California, contact us using the form on this page or call Surrogate Parenting Services at (949) 304-5234 today.



September 2, 2017

Surrogacy Process: Your Relationship with Intended Parents

The surrogacy process is a path that brings about many new experiences for you and those closest to you. It will be different from your other pregnancies in ways you may not expect. One of these unexpected situations is the relationship that will develop between you as the surrogate and the intended parent/s. This can be a truly rewarding and intimate experience. At Surrogate Parenting Services, an experienced surrogacy mentor and professional team will guide the initial match between you and the right intended parents. After the match is solidified, your surrogacy process will inevitably include nurturing this new relationship.

How to Build a Positive Relationship with Parents

Your entire experience with the intended parents during the surrogacy process will be guided by your surrogacy professional. Experts in the field will be with you every step of the way concerning medical decisions, scheduling needs, and other necessary arrangements. However, because your bond with the intended parents is personal in addition to professional, there are other aspects to consider in order to have success.

Establish Communication Goals and Boundaries

Your intended parents will likely be eager for any and all information throughout your pregnancy. Because they are not the ones experiencing the pregnancy first hand, expect many questions from them. To make this experience easier for both you and the parents, set up communication schedules and boundaries right from the start. If you can commit to communicating updates on a timely basis and the intended parents can commit to respecting your schedule, for instance, communication will be relaxed and easy. Make it clear if there are times and spaces in which you would prefer not to be contacted, but also communicate the information that the parents expect.

Be Empathetic

For a truly positive surrogacy process, remember that empathy goes a long way. Keep in mind that the intended parents have completely relinquished control and are depending on someone else to carry a healthy baby. This can be extremely challenging. If you can be empathetic to their fears and worries, you will feel better about communicating with them. Consider reaching out to people in your life who have been in their shoes, or ask your surrogacy professionals for guidance in understanding surrogacy from an intended parents point of view.

What You Can Do to Prepare for Obstacles

The surrogacy process almost always results in a beautiful, positive relationship between surrogate and parents. To ensure this happens, be prepared for the more challenging times throughout the pregnancy.

Understand Your Rights

Challenges can occur when medical decisions come into play. If you understand your rights as surrogate mother from the beginning, you will be able to successfully navigate these conversations with both your medical team and the intended parents. Intended parents often play a big part in making medical decisions, but you have your rights as well. This can vary from situation to situation, so make sure to communicate these things with all parties early on in the surrogacy process. This way you will have a positive experience.

Be Flexible

In addition to being empathetic, focus on ways to be flexible when challenging times come up throughout your surrogacy. Sometimes the littlest things mean more than you could imagine to intended parents, who are eagerly awaiting their baby. If a snag occurs in communication or a decision process, take a step back and consider the parents needs. A small sacrifice on your part can sometimes be a huge win for the parents. Learning to be flexible throughout the surrogacy process will go a long way toward building a positive relationship.

Ask for Support

If an obstacle comes up that proves difficult to navigate between you and the intended parents, ask your surrogacy professional to mediate. This is a great way to handle conversations that youre unfamiliar with having and not sure how to handle. It also relieves tension from you and the intended parents if one or both parties feel uncomfortable asking for something or communicating their needs. Support teams exist to ensure successful surrogacies, healthy babies, and the development of happy, healthy families. Ask for help when you need it.

Let Surrogate Parenting Services Guide Your Surrogacy Process

Surrogate Parenting Services is a surrogacy organization that strongly believes in setting both surrogates and intended parents up for success. Passionate professionals will be there for every step of the surrogacy process. With them, you are sure to not only have a positive surrogacy experience but to also build and develop a unique and intimate relationship with the parents. For more information on the surrogacy process, contact Surrogate Parenting Services at (949) 304-5234 today.


August 25, 2017

Becoming a Surrogate: Meeting with Fertility Specialists

Becoming a surrogate is a rewarding experience full of new decisions and opportunities. Each step along the way is a crucial part of ensuring a healthy pregnancy and being able to fulfill a family’s dream for children. From the agency interview to a psychological evaluation to finding the best match in intended parents, having the right support team is important. At Surrogate Parenting Services (SPS), becoming a surrogate is a process you don’t have to go through alone. With SPS, even finding the right doctors to help you along your journey is taken care of. After the match between you and the intended parents, meeting with a fertility specialist is the next step.

Undergoing Your Initial Health Screening

Before you meet with your designated fertility specialist, you will have to undergo various tests to ensure your overall health is up to par for even beginning the surrogacy process. Along with a psychological evaluation, this health screening may include:

*Pap smear
*Blood work

A hysteroscopy is a procedure that doctors use to examine the size and shape of your uterus and to check if your fallopian tubes are healthy and unobstructed. A saline sonogram is another procedure that gives insight to the health of your uterus and chances for a successful pregnancy. Depending on your doctors, you may undergo all, some, or more of these screenings to ensure you’re ready for the next step.

Beginning the Fertilization Process

Once you are cleared to begin the next phase of becoming a surrogate, you will meet with a fertility specialist, also known as a reproductive endocrinologist. This specialist is trained specifically to work with fertility processes and will be there to guide you through your surrogacy. In many cases, you will undergo a mock transfer cycle before the official transfer. Your fertility specialist will put you on the same medications you will take before the official transfer and then monitor your uterus, hormone levels, and other factors that will determine the success of the embryo implant. If everything looks good, the fertilization process will begin.

Depending on the kind of embryo used – fresh or frozen – the timing of the transfer will differ. Frozen embryos will be implanted according to your cycle. Fresh embryo transfers require your cycle and the intended mother or donor’s cycle to sync up, which usually requires the use of birth control and hormones. Once the transfer is complete, you will be closely monitored to ensure everything goes well. The procedure itself is relatively painless and speedy, but rest is recommended for several days following.

A little over a week after the transfer, you will meet again with your fertility team for health screenings to determine pregnancy. If you are successfully pregnant, you will continue to return for meetings with your doctor to ensure everything is going along as planned. You will likely have the most frequent appointments up until the 12-week mark of your pregnancy. Throughout the pregnancy, you will still also meet with a regular obstetrician to uphold proper prenatal care.

Becoming a Surrogate with SPS

Facing the various doctor appointments and medical processes that come with becoming a surrogate is easy with the right support. At Surrogate Parenting Services, your case manager will set you up with a team of dedicated experts working with you every step of the way to ensure a successful surrogacy. Meeting with your fertility specialists is key to carrying and delivering a healthy baby to deserving intended parents. For more information on this process, contact SPS at (949) 363-9525 or learn more on our site today.

August 16, 2017

Surrogates: How to Maintain Fitness While Pregnant

For a successful pregnancy, surrogates should take great care to keep their health a priority. In addition to healthy diet, surrogates can incorporate regular exercise into their daily routines to maintain fitness. Though exercising while pregnant can sound daunting, you can rest assured that no matter what your current fitness level, you can begin an exercise program before or during your surrogacy. Read on for ways that surrogates can maintain fitness while pregnant.

Exercise Programs Vary for Surrogates of Different Lifestyles

Doctors usually recommend 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise daily. This, of course, depends on you and recommendations from your personal healthcare provider. More often than not, however, healthcare providers strongly encourage activity during pregnancy. If you have been inactive up until your surrogacy, it’s still okay to start an exercise regime as long as you don’t overdo it. Walking, yoga, and light strength training are all great ways to ease into regular exercise for beginners.

If you’re an athlete or avid gym-goer, pregnancy does not need to stop you from doing the activities you love. You can still devote daily time to playing your favorite sports, so long as the proper adjustments are made. If you have always been a contact sports player, for instance, this may be the time to switch it up. Consider variations to your favorite games that are safer for you and the baby. Regardless, you will be able to find ways to maintain your favorite active lifestyle. You might just be surprised at what you can still accomplish while pregnant.

Tips to Exercise Safely

No matter what exercise program you incorporate into your pregnancy, there are several safety tips that apply to all surrogates maintaining their fitness.

Keep Track of Calories

To account for the extra nutrition you’ll need to provide the baby, make sure that you’re eating enough calories. Don’t forget to factor in calories burned from walking, jogging, or any other exercise you complete daily. Sticking to your healthy diet is key for to keeping up your energy throughout the pregnancy.

Wear the Right Attire

Wearing the right clothes during your workout is more important than you might think. Loose-fitting clothing is ideal for proper movement and circulation, and wearing layers will help you adjust your temperature throughout your exercise to stay comfortable. It’s also a good idea to inspect your workout shoes. Shoes you wore before pregnancy may not be the best fit anymore. Pregnancy can cause swelling in the feet, meaning you might need to size up in order to have a comfortable fit. Adding more support and cushion to your insoles can also make a huge difference in your comfort levels while pregnant.

Stay Hydrated

Pregnant or not, hydration is important during exercise. It’s especially important during pregnancy in order to ensure proper blood flow and nutrients to the baby. Drink water before, during, and after any physical activity.

Listen to Your Body

A good rule for measuring how hard you should be working during exercise is to gauge how easy it is to hold a conversation. If you can’t speak comfortably while working out, it’s best to lighten your resistance and take it easy. Most healthcare officials will agree that it’s more beneficial to exercise regularly and moderately than intermittently and aggressively, especially during pregnancy.

No matter what, make sure to listen to your body every day. When you’re feeling extra tired, make the workout a lighter one. When your energy is high, take advantage of it. As long as you pay close attention to how you feel while working out, you’ll be in good shape.

Surrogate Parenting Services Can Provide the Right Support

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