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June 14, 2018

Is it Safe To Have Cats During Surrogacy?

If you’re headed down the surrogacy path, either as a gestational surrogate or intended parent, chances are your home has at least one animal in it too. Roughly 68% of households have pets, with dogs and cats being the most popular additions, each living in more than 30% of homes. Because June is National Adopt a Cat Month, you’re also likely to see lots of messages this month enticing you to bring one home. It’s a cause worth mentioning, as more than 3.4 million cats enter shelters every year and many never find a home at all, let alone a forever home. That said, you may have questions regarding the safety of cats during surrogacy, and we’ll address the most common issues below.

Will Keeping Cats During Surrogacy Cause Birth Defects?

Many people believe that the presence of a cat in the home with a baby on the way is a recipe for disaster. They point to an illness known as toxoplasmosis, which pregnant women can transmit to the babies they carry. Although this only happens in around 3,000 cases per year and only a handful ever have issues, there is the potential for miscarriage and birth defects. That said, most experts agree there’s no need to get rid of a cat due to toxoplasmosis worries, but to understand why, you need to understand the real root of toxoplasmosis and how it’s transmitted.

Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) is an organism that can infect any mammal. It’s often carried by rodents and other pests. Cats sometimes eat infected critters and then subsequently become infected as well. When they do, their litter box business is also infectious until the cat’s immune system recovers. The box could be infectious starting 1-5 days after the cat is exposed, but most clear the infection within a week or two. It’s because of this that doctors sometimes suggest that women not clean litter boxes while pregnant. Failing that, it’s recommended that the box get a daily scoop to catch the material before it becomes an issue, to wear gloves, and to wash one’s hands well after scooping. This alone is enough to ensure the litter box is not a problem.

That said, most cases don’t come from cat boxes. They come from the individual eating undercooked infected meat or from doing tasks outdoors, like gardening, in soil that a cat has done his business in. This means that women who wash their hands after doing work outdoors and who cook their meat well have very little risk of contracting toxoplasmosis. In addition to this, people who have had toxoplasmosis have lifetime immunity afterward, so if you’re a surrogate who loves cats and has always had one, chances are you’re immune now. A physician can actually perform a test to see if you have the antibodies for it or can test the cat to see if it’s a concern.

Will Keeping Cats During Surrogacy Cause Breathing Problems for the Baby?

There are two main concerns people have when it comes to breathing and having cats during surrogacy. The first is that cats climb on top of babies and suffocate them. This obviously is not a concern in a surrogate’s home because the baby isn’t born yet, but intended parents bringing a little one home to a feline family member may take comfort in knowing that it’s an old wives’ tale. There aren’t any real recorded incidents where this has happened.

A second common concern is that babies who are exposed to pets in utero will later go on to develop asthma or allergies. Thankfully, the vast majority of studies indicate that this is untrue. In fact, current research suggests that, unless a baby is in a high-risk group (has a genetic link to pet allergies), he or she is less likely to develop allergies and asthma later in life if exposed to pets while in the womb. In other words, keeping a cat around could actually be good for the little one!

Begin Your Surrogacy Journey with SPS

At SPS, we understand your concerns. Not only was Surrogate Parenting Services founded by a surrogate, but we have helped hundreds of families grow since we opened our doors. We’ll answer your most pressing questions, ensure you’re matched with your ideal surrogate or intended parents, and guide you through each step along the way. If you’re considering becoming a surrogate, check out the info and guidelines, then complete the application when you’re ready. We also have volumes of information about our surrogacy services for intended parents available online, though if you’re considering growing your family with the help of an agency, you may also call us at (949) 397-6855 to learn more.

June 3, 2018

Intended Fathers: 4 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

As you move through your surrogacy journey, one major milestone you may come across is Father’s Day. While many intended fathers do go through the process more than once as they grow their families, for many, this is uncharted water and their very first Father’s Day. Deciding how to celebrate it, or whether to observe the holiday at all, is a personal decision. There’s no right or wrong way to do it. That said, if honoring the day is in your heart, either to commemorate it for yourself or to acknowledge the day for your significant other you can use the ideas below as inspiration to craft a day that’s befitting of your personal style.

1) Frame a Photo

If you’re giving your significant other a gift, things like framed ultrasound photos with mentions of “dad” tend to be appreciated. Some dads keep these at the office or somewhere special at home, while others add them to the nursery.

2) Start a Scrapbook or Journal

Crafty dads may enjoy working on or receiving a pregnancy scrapbook. These are great keepsakes for the little one to have as he or she grows up because it will answer some of the most pressing questions in a natural and sensitive way. Intended parents don’t generally have to work too hard to come up with something befitting; simply including a few phrases about how excited Dad is to meet the baby or what emotions he’s felt on the surrogacy journey is enough. For dads-to-be who aren’t into the crafting, journals are a fun idea. You can create one that covers the surrogacy only or purchase one with enough pages that you can add entries to it as your child grows.

3) Give Him a Dad-to-Be Kit

Those honoring intended fathers can create a kit that suits his personality. For the dad who likes to be comical, toss in things like a nose plug for diaper changes and a tool belt packed with changing supplies. A traditional dad might appreciate seeing a onesie with a message about him on it, while a sports enthusiast might love to see baby gear done up with team logos.

4) Celebrate Not-a-Dad-Day

Yes, you’ve more than planned for your baby if you’ve chosen surrogacy, and so the resulting pregnancy may well be one of the most exciting times of your life so far. You’re probably bursting with anticipation waiting to meet the little one. That said, if you’re a fan of Barney from “How I Met Your Mother” or the idea of having a night off before the sleepless nights with baby ensue, you’re welcomed to celebrate your very last “Not-a-Dad-Day.”

Intended Fathers: Start Your Surrogacy Journey with SPS

Have you found yourself browsing surrogacy info this Father’s Day wondering if it’s the right path for you and your family? Take all the time you need. Surrogate Parenting Services has been a trusted California Surrogacy Agency for many years and has helped hundreds of intended fathers and mothers fulfill their dreams. When you’re ready to move forward or if you have questions, we’d be honored to be your personal guide and make sure your journey is a smooth one. Call us at (949) 397-6855.

May 31, 2018

International Intended Parents: Quick Guide to Surrogacy in California

Many people have turned to surrogacy in California in recent years, resulting in an international baby boom of sorts. If you’ve been considering finding a surrogate mother in the United States, but aren’t quite sure what the process entails or what to look for, use this quick guide for International Intended Parents to get started.

Work with a Reputable Agency

There are only a few agencies with proven track records for helping parents (called intended parents) and surrogates alike. At Surrogate Parenting Services, we’ve helped hundreds of people on their journeys and do everything we can to ensure it’s a wonderful experience for everyone involved.

Gain Access to Top-Notch Medical Care

One of the best things about coming to the United States to hire a surrogate is the quality of medical care available. Both your surrogate and baby will have access to world-class services, ensuring more successful outcomes, healthy babies, and healthy surrogates. In fact, the area where SPS operates has some of the best fertility specialists in the country.

Choose Surrogacy in California

The laws regarding surrogates vary from one state to the next in America. California has the most laws in place to support intended parents and protect their rights. It’s actually the only state in which you can presently lock down your rights as a parent before the baby is born and ensure that, should any legal issues ever arise, they’ll be handled by California courts which protect intended parents.

Work with Your Choice of Donor and/or Surrogate

All our surrogates go through a rigorous qualification process to ensure they’re physically and emotionally ready to handle a pregnancy. We then match up intended parents with qualified surrogates based on their preferences and values. Once matched, you’ll have the opportunity to meet your potential surrogate and you’ll both make the decision to move forward together. Some of the pairings we make are so well-formed that they become lifelong friends. If you’ll also be requiring the assistance of an egg or sperm donor, we can help make sure you’re matched with your ideal counterparts there as well.

Be Assured of Privacy

The United States has very tough laws regarding patient privacy. Nobody will ever need to know that your baby was born via a surrogate unless you choose to tell them. California, being a very progressive state, is also ideal for sensitive surrogacies, as individuals on the surrogacy journey are free from personal judgments and societal stigmas.

International Intended Parents Choose SPS for Surrogacy in California

At SPS, we’re here to support you and ensure every detail is seen to throughout the entire surrogacy process. From your very first phone call to our office until long after your baby is born and in your arms, we’ll make sure that your journey is a smooth one. This includes screening candidates, matching you with medical and legal services, and putting you in touch with any necessary resources along the way. For more tips for international intended parents or to learn more about surrogacy in California, call us at (949) 397-6855.

May 18, 2018

13 Things Surrogate Mothers Should Toss in Their Hospital Bags

Although surrogate mothers have given birth to their own children before, it often feels like the first time when you bring a surro-baby into the world. Plus, there’s generally a few years between births, pregnancy comes with its own distractions, and some of what you’ll need to bring really is new, so it can be helpful to have a refresher course on what to bring along with you to the hospital when the little one is ready to make his or her debut. Although your list may be a little different, you can use the list below as a base and tailor it to your unique needs.

1) Legal Documents

Here in California, intended parents can establish their rights before the baby is born. Bring along copies of this, your surrogacy contract, and anything else that pertains to the legal agreements you have. Keep a copy of your ID with this if you have a spare or double-check that it’s in your purse ahead of time.

2) Insurance Info

It probably goes without saying, but you should have a copy of your insurance card or any other important insurance-related documents in the bag.

3) Two Copies of the Birth Plan

Intended parents, surrogate mothers, the delivering physician, and doula if one has been retained, should all come together in advance to create a birth plan if one is desired. When everything is hammered out, each party should have a copy for their records. You’ll want to bring along at least two copies for the hospital; one for you to have and one to give to the staff upon your arrival.

4) A List of Important Numbers

There’s no telling if/ when tech will fail you. Bring along a list of numbers for the intended parents, doctors, family members, or friends you may need to be in contact with.

5) Cell Phone Charger

Remembering the phone is easy; remembering to grab the charger while you’re in labor, not so much. If you have a spare, toss it in the bag.

6) Entertainment and Relaxation Gear

While most will bring along a phone with activities, movies, and music, but you may want to bring along non-techy stuff too, such as books or a knitting gear and other craft items if you’re into that, puzzle books, cards, and a paper and pencil or pen. Some also like to bring along their own pillows and/or blankets for the sake of comfort.

7) Comfy Clothes to Wear in the Hospital

If you’re the type who isn’t fond of hospital gowns, bring along a couple of gowns to wear during your stay. The hospital will likely insist upon gipped socks, so bring along your own or a pair of slippers with grips if you want something that’s more comfortable or suits you better.

8) Maternity Clothes to Wear Home

You won’t fit into your pre-baby clothes just yet, so make sure you’ve got an outfit that will comfortably fit you. Some suggest choosing an outfit that fit around 6-7 months, but it’s tough to predict sizing in advance.

9) Hygiene Items

The hospital will likely offer you some larger pads, though you can bring your own if you have a brand or style you prefer. Other items to include:

  • Hairbrush and styling products if desired
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Makeup
  • Nursing pads (even if you’re not nursing, you’ll want them to catch overflow)
  • Lip balm

10) Snacks

Being along a few of your favorite snacks to have during labor and recovery. Although the hospital will provide meals, they’re rarely what you’d hope for and you may want snacks between meals.

11) Camera

If you’re using a traditional camera and not just your phone’s camera, pack it, some batteries, and extra film in the bag.

12) Door Sign

Every hospital has unique policies, but it’s quite common for hospitals to provide a room for the baby and intended parents, so they can stay together. If this is the case in your situation, you can plan ahead and bring a door sign that directs medical personnel to the other room for any baby-related questions.

13) Nursing Supplies

If you’ll be providing the baby with breastmilk or plan to donate your milk, bring along your favorite nursing bras, cream, pump, bottles, bags, and any gear you might need.

Surrogate Mothers: Begin Your Journey with SPS

If you’re considering being a surrogate and have not yet signed up with an agency, let SPS guide the way. We’ll help ensure you’re matched with intended parents who share your values and that your needs are seen to throughout the process. Visit our section for gestational surrogates to find out if you meet the guidelines for surrogate mothers and for more information on getting started.

May 4, 2018

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day During Your Surrogacy Journey

There are a whole lot of firsts during a surrogacy journey, whether you’re an intended parent or a gestational surrogate. If one of your firsts happens to be celebrating Mother’s Day, you might wonder what the right way to celebrate the holiday is. The good news is, as long as you and your surrogacy team are all on the same page, there’s no “wrong” way to observe the day. Many women who carry their children opt not to celebrate the day until after the baby is born and surrogates tend to report that they expect nothing to happen on the day (whether it’s the first or a Mother’s Day following the baby’s birth) simply because they aren’t the baby’s mother. That said, some families do like to celebrate the day, but aren’t quite sure how to do it. If you’re looking for unique ideas, check these out…

Write a Letter to the Baby

If you’d like to create a memorable keepsake for the little one, penning a letter for him or her may be ideal. Consider including things like how you’re feeling now, how excited you are that he or she will be here soon, and what brought you to this journey. Tuck the letter away in the baby’s first album, so he or she can read it in the years to come. While a single letter is memorable by itself, you may want to talk to others on your team to see if they’d like to write a few lines as well or keep it private and make it part of an ongoing tradition.

Pamper Yourself 

The path to motherhood has no doubt had its share of ups and downs for you, whether you’re a gestational surrogate or intended mother. With baby’s due date approaching, a little R and R is well-earned. Do whatever feels right to you, be it taking a nap, going for a massage, having a mani/pedi, or something else entirely.

Swap Gifts

If you’re carrying a baby for someone, you’re already providing them with the most precious gift they could ever wish for. That said, you can still make a symbolic gesture if it’s in your heart to do so. Some popular options include framed ultrasound images, recordings of baby’s heartbeat, or jewelry with “Mom” etched on it. Intended parents can also celebrate surrogates. Again, it needn’t be something lavish, but a simple note of appreciation, a keepsake, or something to pamper your surrogate is often greatly appreciated.

Have Lunch Together

If you’re close with the other members of your team, gather everybody for a meal together. Because surrogates already have children of their own who will (hopefully) be treating them to breakfast, consider meeting up for lunch or dinner. With the beautiful spring weather, it’s also the perfect time to meet up for a picnic at a park.

Start Your Surrogacy Journey with SPS

If you aren’t already a surrogate or an intended parent with a baby on the way, but are instead reflecting on your options this Mother’s Day, Surrogate Parenting Services is here to support you. We work with women who want to become gestational surrogates by ensuring they’re prepared for the journey ahead and helping them find their ideal intended parent matches. We also work with people who want to grow their families by ensuring they find well-qualified surrogates who share their values and ideals. Once matched, we guide teams throughout the entire process, from forming legal agreements through getting services to aid in the journey, so that it’s a wonderful experience for all. We’ve been a part of hundreds of surrogacy journeys and understand what lies ahead, as well as how to overcome obstacles you may face. Call SPS at (949) 397-6855 to learn more about what sets us apart or to begin your own surrogacy journey today.

April 30, 2018

Becoming a Surrogate? 5 Tips for Barbecuing Safely

Are you in the process of becoming a surrogate or already expecting? If so, the coming months will likely be a whirlwind for you, though you’ll undoubtedly pause at least once or twice to engage in one of America’s favorite pastimes—picnicking. Interestingly, the month of May is actually National Barbecue Month (Yes, it’s a real thing!), but there are some safety concerns pregnant women should be aware of before partaking. Here’s what to be on the lookout for…

1) Make Sure Food is Cooked Thoroughly

“If you don’t cook meat or fish thoroughly, harmful bacteria can grow and multiply. This could cause you to have food poisoning from bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli or campylobacter,” says dietician Sasha Watkins. The common concern with these is the digestive upset that can come along with them, such as vomiting and diarrhea, which results in dehydration and can cause pregnancy trouble including premature labor. Listeria, sometimes found in deli meats like hot dogs, is also responsible for miscarriages, birth defects, and stillbirths, but is killed off if the food hits 165°F.

Toxoplasmosis, which is a less common concern, may also arise after eating undercooked meats, especially pork and lamb. It’s associated with eye problems and brain damage in developing babies, and can even result in losing the pregnancy, so verifying meat hits the proper temperature is paramount. If you’re friends with the chef, ask him or her to use a thermometer to check temperatures before you eat. If you’re worried about etiquette or causing undue stress to the host, it’s best to keep meat off your plate.

2) Make Sure Fish and Shellfish are Fresh

Here in California, we’re relatively spoiled when it comes to having a fresh supply of seafood, but location is no guarantee of freshness. Older fish and shellfish can be particularly problematic, so if you’re unsure when it was caught or if it was brought to a high enough temperature to kill bacteria and viruses, it’s best to skip it.

3) Be Wary of Mercury-Laden Catches

Most women have heard of the health dangers of consuming tuna while pregnant. Though fish can be incredibly good for surrogate and baby, certain types with high levels of mercury can damage the little one’s developing brain and nervous system. Watkins says varieties such as marlin, swordfish, and shark have particularly high levels, so they should be avoided altogether.

4) Indulge in Moderation

Eating barbecued foods from time to time is generally not cause for concern. However, research has shown that foods cooked at high temperatures creates lots of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which experts say can be carcinogenic. In addition to this, newer research suggests that consuming barbecued foods more often is linked low birth weights, though they haven’t identified how big of a risk they pose yet.

5) Skip the Creamy Salads

People often worry about the mayo included in certain dishes, like potato salad, but that’s rarely the issue if the cook used commercial may instead of homemade. However, these kinds of dishes can become breeding grounds for bacteria, which usually gets added into the mix inadvertently due to poor hygiene during prep while people are dishing up. As the food sits out for hours, it warms up and bacteria multiplies. Listeria is the common worry, though there are lots of dangerous pathogens that can lurk, so it’ generally best to avoid any type of creamy salad unless you know it has been held at the right temperature, was prepared in good conditions, and has not had the opportunity to be contaminated by other picnic goers yet.

By following these five main tips, you should have a healthier and happier barbeque season. Enjoy!

Contact SPS if You’re Interested in Becoming a Surrogate

Although we can’t make sure the potato salad you’re eyeing is safe and we can’t guarantee your chef cooked your burger thoroughly, we can help you through the surrogacy process and ensure you’re well taken care of if you’re considering becoming a surrogate. At SPS, we match up surrogates with intended parents who share their values, assist with things like contract negotiations, and serve as a safeguard against potential issues, so your journey is smooth. If you are interested in becoming a surrogate, view our guidelines for surrogate mothers to find out if you’re a candidate.

April 16, 2018

6 Meditation Tips for Surrogates and Intended Parents

Surrogates and intended parents can both benefit from meditation. Although most people associate it with stress reduction, research says it can also help encourage a healthier lifestyle, improve the immune system, aid in cardiovascular health, and slow aging. Plus, it’s been known to increase happiness, self-awareness, and acceptance. However, if you haven’t tried it before or have tried it and struggled, you can apply the tips outlined here to help aid in your journey.

1) Be in the Moment

The overall goal of meditation is to quiet the mind and to be in the moment. When you meditate, you should feel a sense of peace and calmness, as well as an awareness for what’s happening with your body.

2) Don’t Expect Meditation to Nuke All Wandering Thoughts

One common misconception about meditation is that, if you’re doing it right, your mind will become instantaneously clear. Perhaps over time, you may get to that point, but newcomers to the practice have to train themselves over time. When you begin your first meditation sessions, expect your mind to wander a bit, and simply guide yourself back to where you need to be. As you progress, you’ll catch your mind wandering quicker and will eventually reduce the number of wandering thoughts and how long they go on for.

3) Do Meditation in Your Own Way

Some people like to use music to transport themselves away from thought, while others like guided meditation or total silence. You should create the environment that works best for you and makes you feel comfortable.

4) Take Baby Steps

If you’re one who truly struggles with quieting a busy mind, you may do better by beginning with simple breathing exercises. Instead of setting aside time for a full session, start by taking a few deep breaths and focus on pulling in air as well as positive thoughts. As you let out those breaths, imagine pushing out any negative or unwanted thoughts with them. When you’re ready to plan your meditation sessions a bit more, begin with short interludes of two or three minutes. In the early stages, even this can feel like an extraordinarily long time, so set your duration for something you feel is manageable for you.

5) Quiet Your Surroundings

It’s pretty close to impossible to quiet your mind as a mediation beginner if you haven’t quieted the area around you, though you’ll likely find over time you can do it anywhere. In the early stages, set up an area that’s distraction-free and shut off your phone.

6) Celebrate Your Success

Whether you’ve moved from basic breathing exercises to two-minute sessions or have managed to cut back on wandering thoughts, each success is something to be proud of. Resist the urge to compare yourself to others or to set a timeline for hitting certain milestones. Meditation is about letting go and being right where you are now. People tend to report feeling better after only a week or so of meditation, so stick with it and appreciate the positive changes you’re making.

Find Surrogates and Intended Parents with SPS

Whether you’re an intended parent hoping to find qualified surrogates who can help you expand your family or you’re a woman who would like to provide someone with the ultimate gift, Surrogate Parenting Services is here to support you in your journey. Visit “Surrogacy in California: Personal Matching Process” to learn more about how we match surrogates and intended parents or contact us at (949) 397-6855.

 

April 5, 2018

4 Reasons Women Choose to Become a Surrogate

The decision to become a surrogate is a very personal one. Every woman who embarks upon this journey has her own reasons for taking the first steps. If you’ve ever wondered why some women choose to provide such a selfless gift for someone, let alone someone they don’t even know, as is the case with most gestational surrogates, some of the most common answers are highlighted below.

1) A Family Member or Close Friend Struggled with Infertility

Arguably, the most common reason women choose to become a surrogate is because infertility has touched their life in a deep way. Perhaps they watched a friend or sister go through miscarriages and/ or in vitro fertilization. In any case, these women are deeply touched by the circumstances and decide to help someone who is coping with a similar situation.

2) They Believe Every Person Deserves to Be a Parent

Now more than ever, LGBT issues are mainstream. Where there once was a time people within the community simply accepted they might never be parents at all, options like surrogacy make it possible for anyone who wants to share his or here life with a child to start a family. It’s somewhat common for women who have family members and friends in the LGBT community to feel a sense of solidarity and want to help people grow their families, whether they identify with the community personally or not.

3) A Friend or Family Member Has Been a Surrogate

Watching someone you care about go through the surrogacy journey can be an inspiring experience. Some women who support their friends throughout the surrogacy process learn what a difference a single selfless person can make in the lives of others and became motivated to do the same as a result.

4) They’ve Had Babies and Loved Being Pregnant

Some women simply glow throughout their pregnancies. They float through the experience on a cloud of pure joy. When these women have finished having their own children, they sometimes long to carry another child, though aren’t interested in having more children of their own. For them, the easy answer is to become a surrogate. Not only do they get to experience pregnancy again, but they’re able to provide someone with the same joy they’ve experienced.

Have You Decided to Become a Surrogate?

If you’ve decided to become a surrogate, let Surrogate Parenting Services guide you through the process. As one of the most trusted agencies in the country, SPS has helped hundreds of women become surrogates and assisted in fulfilling the dreams of growing families for years. View our guidelines for surrogate mothers to find out if you fit the guidelines to become a surrogate. Those who hope to grow their families with the help of a surrogate can also contact us directly at (949) 397-6855 to learn more about our process.

March 29, 2018

Becoming a Surrogate: Finding Your Motivation

Becoming a surrogate is not the same process for everyone. Many people feel motivated to become a surrogate because of personal scenarios, but others may find it as their calling by taking a completely different route. At the end of the day, regardless of the paths that led you to surrogacy, it is an amazing gift to be able to give a child to parents who deserve the opportunity to build a family. This journey is unique to everyone involved. No matter how you get there, embarking on the surrogacy journey can be an incredibly rewarding experience for everyone.

Your Generosity May Be Someone Else’s Miracle

If you have always felt passionate about giving back to others and helping those in need, you may find yourself looking into the surrogacy process. Becoming a surrogate is not the right path everyone, so those who feel drawn to it should consider it carefully. For repeat surrogate Sarah Jones, the urge to continue giving led her to being a surrogate four times after starting her own family. Her article on Independent news shares the details of her journey. After having children of her own and feeling that her fertility was a gift too precious to waste, she began reaching out to see if she could help someone else. Eventually she met the first couple she carried a child for. After the birth, she says, “Seeing the three of them together overwhelmed me in a way that is hard to describe – I was tired and a bit achy but so very, very happy.” She adds that this feeling kept her motivated to experience the miracle of childbirth with three more families after the first.

There are Countless Reasons for Becoming a Surrogate

Surrogates do not always begin their journeys the same way that Sarah Jones did. Many don’t even consider surrogacy until it hits closer to home. Sometimes seeing people close to you go through a struggle with infertility or obstacles to adoption can light the spark for becoming a surrogate. There’s also the perk of special friendships and second families created during surrogacy, something that Jones was passionate about in her story. You might also consider this path if you simply love being pregnant or are excited about giving life. There is also personal gain to be had from surrogacy, including access to quality healthcare and financial compensation. Regardless of the reasons, surrogacy is still a wonderfully generous gift to a family in need.

Choose SPS to Start Your Surrogacy Process

At Surrogate Parenting Services, you have access to passionate and experienced professionals who can provide you with the information, resources, and support you need throughout your own personal journey. If you are curious about becoming a surrogate for any of the reasons mentioned above or feel another connection to the process, reach out to our team for more information. For more information on becoming a surrogate, contact SPS at (949) 397-6855 today.

 

March 15, 2018

Surrogacy in California: Personalized Matching Process

If you’re considering surrogacy in California, rest assured that there are resources available to help you have the best experience possible. Perhaps the most crucial part of the surrogacy process for either party is the matching process. This is the time when potential surrogates meet potential intended parents to determine if the relationship will be a proper fit. Because so many factors play into finding the best match, most intended parents opt to work with experienced surrogacy agencies to ensure a good match is made.

The Matching Process Ensures Your Safety

While not every agency operates like SPS does, our first priority is ensuring that everyone we work with is both mentally and physically prepared for the journey ahead. For intended parents especially, an agency is helpful for eliminating much of the guesswork in finding the best surrogate. Because surrogacy in California is an ever-growing industry, the potential surrogates available can be overwhelming and it’s difficult to know what criteria really matters when searching for the ideal surrogate. Fortunately, using an agency for the matching process is the safest and most reliable way to find the right fit. Of course, quality agencies are with you well after the match is made, but assisting in this initial step is an important safeguard that makes the whole process much smoother.

Personality Makes a Difference

Beyond the initial safety and health concerns, personalized matching processes between surrogate and intended parents are key for establishing genuine relationships. Many agencies consider carefully the personality profiles of each party in order to set up the perfect match. Intended parents are free to note any preferences they may have for their surrogate from the beginning, but an agency can help them go a step further by finding surrogates that also have chemistry with the parents. Intended parents and surrogates who not only get along professionally but on a deeper, more personal level tend to have even more rewarding experiences throughout the surrogacy process.

Another bonus of having a highly personalized match between surrogate and intended parents is the opportunity to continue the relationship even after the child is born. Many surrogates remain close to intended parents long after the process is over because they bonded so deeply over their shared experience. Regardless of a surrogate’s involvement in the child’s life, they may remain a key pillar of support for the parents because they went through a unique journey together. This doesn’t happen for everyone, but more often than not an intimate friendship or familial feeling will develop between parties.

Find Your Perfect Match with SPS

To begin your journey toward surrogacy in California, turn to Surrogate Parenting Services. Knowledgeable professionals at SPS help intended parents find the best surrogate through health screenings, personality evaluations, and in-person meetings to ultimately determine the bond between each party. With this process, SPS is proud of the many successful surrogacy arrangements they have facilitated over the years. Personalized matches are the best way for everyone involved in surrogacy to have the most fulfilling experience. For more information on the surrogacy process, contact SPS at (949) 397-6855 today.