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A Legal Expert Weighs In On The Serious Risks Involved In Twin Surrogacy - 7 min read

We spoke with Victoria Gelfand, a legal expert in the field of surrogacy law based in Israel, who explained why she believes a twin pregnancy via surrogacy is not a good idea. Victoria, thank you so much for being here. We would really like to talk to you about the legal aspects, but it seems that the first thing that comes to mind of many…

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The LGBTQ Surrogacy Journey – Your Questions Answered - 4 min read

Are there any extra tests or treatments LGBTQ intended parents need to undergo? All the tests are typically the same no matter who is going through the process, but in some cases both intended parents want to create embryos and that means they’ll both need to undergo genetic testing. The good news is that financially speaking, the extra cost is pretty minor.When both intended parents create…

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In the Spotlight: Elsa Hensel – A Surrogate Who Traveled the Surrogacy Path Twice - 12 min read

Elsa, it’s such a pleasure to speak with you about your surrogate journey. How did you start thinking about becoming a surrogate? I thought about being a surrogate back in 2014. My son was a toddler and I couldn’t imagine my life without him. I also wanted to be pregnant again so that is where it all began. I was young but it had been…

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How To Choose the Right Egg Donor - 3 min read

1. Similar physical appearance Many intended parents want to find a donor who shares some similar physical characteristics to themselves. Although you can never predict what the child will eventually look like, many prospective parents want to increase the chances that he or she will appear to be genetically related to them and look for egg donors with similar height, weight and skin, hair and…

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Where are all the surrogates? - 3 min read

The surrogacy market is exploding and more and more couples and individuals are using a surrogate to fulfil their dream of a family.  This strong upward trend is driven by three powerful forces. First, the growing number of couples struggling with infertility (one in six in the world); second, celebrities using a surrogate to bring their child into the world, turning surrogacy into a popular…

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Considering A Twin Surrogacy? Read This First - 5 min read

Here’s what you should know if you are thinking about a twin pregnancy via surrogacy. How Is Multiple Gestational Surrogacy Even Possible Generally speaking, there are two ways that make it possible to have twins during a surrogacy.  Double embryo transfer. Before an embryo is transferred, the embryos are evaluated to make sure only the healthiest ones are transferred to the surrogate’s uterus. If two…

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The Egg Donation Process – From Start To Finish - 6 min read

For some, starting or growing a family comes easily, but for others it may take more time and effort, and might require the use of third party reproduction alternatives. One of these is egg donation - an assisted reproductive treatment utilized by women who do not have any viable eggs for whatever reason, as well as by gay or single men who want to start…

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The Surrogacy Process Roadmap – Step By Step - 7 min read

The Surrogacy process is a journey and if you’re considering using it, it may be useful to know what to expect and understand the timeline. Although each surrogacy journey is different and its length depends on varying factors, the average process takes about 19-22 months. Here is a breakdown of the five steps that make up your journey to parenthood. Surrogacy is a method of…

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The Role of a Surrogacy Agency - 2 min read

To understand why it’s important to work with a surrogacy agency, you need to understand its role. Surrogacy agencies are also called surrogacy centers, groups, or programs. All of them perform the same function. They help connect surrogates and intended parents. What Services Do The Agencies Provide? Agencies offer different types of services. Here are the basics? Matching services to help parents find surrogates meeting…

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Generous Donors: Egg Donors and Surrogates - 3 min read

Egg donation and Surrogacy process are called the miraculous procedures to welcome a child in your family whether you are a couple facing infertility issues or you are a gay couple that wants to have a child. A third-party reproduction like this might sound impersonal. It’s anything but. The women who donate eggs or become a gestational carrier are sacrificing a part of themselves in…

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Intended Parents: Can You Finance Surrogacy? - 3 min read

Hands down, gestational surrogacy is expensive. Fortunately, financial support is available to help couples start a family. Without further ado, let’s check out the financial aids available: Surrogate Health insuranceAlthough most of the time you have to purchase a supplemental surrogate health insurance plan because health insurance doesn’t cover surrogate, it’s kind of financial support. This insurance covers the cost of surrogate pregnancy and delivery.…

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Surrogacy In The Time of COVID - 2 min read

The surrogates, egg donors, and intended parents have to adapt to the shifting regulations during the COVID era. If you are opting for gestational surrogacy, there is a risk of contracting the virus since the entire process involved visiting the clinic to donate the egg and then the embryo transfer procedure. It becomes pertinent to follow the Safety protocols to ensure that all parties involved…

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How much does surrogacy cost and where can you save? - 5 min read

The good news is that with advance planning and knowledge, surrogacy can be affordable. In addition, some costs might be tax deductible so it’s a good idea to consult with a tax professional when you start your journey. To help you understand all the financial aspects of surrogacy, we’ve broken the expenses down to all the different factors.  Let’s go over them, one by one.…

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An Egg Donation Cost Breakdown & Money Saving Tips - 5 min read

Before diving in to the cost breakdown of egg donation, let's understand first what is an egg donation and how it's being done. Egg donation is utilized by women who do not have any viable eggs for whatever reason, as well as gay or single men who want to start a family. During the egg donation process the egg donor administers hormone injections that stimulate…

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With or Without an Agency – Which Surrogacy is Better? - 5 min read

Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction where a woman (the carrier or surrogate) carries a pregnancy for the intended parent or parents.  If you opted for surrogacy, it's important you know that the surrogacy journey is quite complex and has numerous legal, financial and medical aspects. Some people feel they can manage such a journey on their own, but others find it daunting and…

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Intended Parent’s Guide - 5 min read

Expand Your Choices It may seem counterintuitive, but to effectively narrow down your choices, you should start by gathering as much information as possible about the partners and service providers you are looking for. It’s one of the principal reasons why we created Expecting: to provide Intended Parents with as much info and as many options as possible. The more data and information you have,…

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Everything You Need To Know About Starting Your Egg Donation Journey - 5 min read

The First Step: Where To Start Your Search For An Egg Donor When you begin your search for an egg donor, it’s very helpful to be well versed on all your available options for finding your donor. Here are your main options.  Agencies.  Agencies generally offer access to a database where you can explore their donor candidates in order to find the donor that’s right…

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