Surrogacy Benefits in 2019-2020: Why Now Is The Time To Start

Surrogacy is a unique and meaningful experience for everyone involved in the process. For those who are looking to grow their families, it is a way to realize your dreams and become parents. For surrogates, it is a chance to give yourself selflessly to another family who needs you. For both parties, it is a way to make a lasting impact on the world. The surrogacy journey is one that is deeply moving and highly rewarding – for many, it is one of the most amazing things they will experience.

As technology continues to improve and we can monitor surrogacy better than we ever have before, now is the time to start. Let’s break down a few benefits:

Surrogacy Benefits For Intended Parents

Intended parents come to the surrogacy process from many different directions. Some are single parents who are ready to start a family; others are couples who have struggled with infertility for years; many are same-sex couples looking to start their families; some are just couples who do not want to go through with a traditional pregnancy. All of these families, no matter how they came to this decision, have one similar goal: they want to add to their families.

Surrogacy makes that dream a reality.

The advantages of surrogacy are numerous, and there are thousands of families who have been created in this extraordinary process. Surrogacy gives intended parents the opportunity to form a bond with their surrogate and her family, meaning that a lot of love will surround the new life.

Since intended parents can choose their surrogates, they will be able to control the experience: you get to pick how involved you want to be in the process by selecting a surrogate who wants to have the same type of relationship. Want to go to every appointment? There is a surrogate who wants that too.  

Often, the benefits of surrogacy are weighed against the benefits of adoption. One thing that makes surrogacy so desirable is that at least one (if not both) of the parents can have a genetic tie to the baby. You also get to be with your child from the time he or she is born. There are legal statutes with both adoption and surrogacy, but the ones related to surrogacy tend to be more transparent and less restrictive.

Of course, there are some challenges for intended parents as well, but it can be the answer to years and years of questions as well. When you work with a trusted and experienced agency, you are more likely to have a successful experience.

Surrogacy Benefits For The Surrogate Mother

Surrogacy has many benefits for intended parents, but sometimes surrogate mothers tend to see only the financial benefits and perhaps the joy of allowing another family to begin. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to surrogacy benefits.

Every surrogacy journey is different, and everyone will walk away with different rewards. However, it is essential to know that each surrogacy is life-changing and there is something that can be gained from every experience.

Surrogates get to enjoy personal satisfaction and pride knowing that they have given a family the greatest gift they could ever ask for – the gift of life. Women who choose to be a surrogate can share as much of the journey as they want with the intended family – it is possible that you could form a lifelong bond that extends far beyond the year you work are in contact.

Surrogacy also gives you a community: women who are surrogates tend to be there for each other and, when going through an agency, a type of sisterhood develops.

While surrogacy can be physically and emotionally demanding, it takes an exceptional person to be a surrogate and help another family. That is why it is essential to know that the benefits will outweigh some of the harder parts of the process.

There are so many factors to consider before you pursue surrogacy – it is not the right step for everyone to take. However, for those intended parents and surrogates who choose surrogacy, they are likely to find that the positives will forever outweigh the negatives. Surrogacy is an extremely rewarding experience that will change your life forever. If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today.

The Best Snacks For the Surrogacy Process

If you are a surrogate or thinking about becoming one, you might start thinking about the best and worst part of pregnancy: the ability to eat a lot of food without anyone judging (you are eating for two, after all) while still being cautious about what you are eating. A person’s diet is deeply personal, and there is a ton of conflicting information out there. At EDSI, we have been overseeing the health and wellness of pregnant women for a long time, and we have an idea of not only what keeps the baby healthy, but what makes your experience much more comfortable.

The Best Snacks For the Surrogacy Process

It can be nerve-wracking to be the surrogate for another family, and you want to do everything correctly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to live on salads for nine months. The most basic advice is this: if you were healthy enough to be selected as a surrogate for EDSI, you probably have a good diet already.

However, if you are still cautious, here are some of our suggestions.

The Fish To Eat: Salmon One of the best fish to eat, salmon is loaded with high-quality protein, is a leading source of omega-3 fats, and can be prepared in many different ways so that you don’t get bored. These nutrients tend to be good for baby’s development and they are good for you as well. Make sure that you don’t go over 12 ounces of salmon per week because of the mercury levels – and make sure that it is properly cooked!

The Fish To Avoid: There are quite a few fish that you might want to avoid if you are worried about mercury poisoning. These include king mackerel, shark, tilefish, and swordfish.

Make Sure You Eat Beans. Beans, beans are good for your heart…and baby’s too! Whatever kind of beans you want: kidney beans, navy beans, chickpeas, lentils, or green beans, they help you to go to the bathroom. This means that you are at a lesser risk of getting hemorrhoids. Being “regular” will also help you to feel comfortable – there is already enough going on in that area.

Greek Yogurt (Especially For Vegetarians). If you are a vegetarian, you know that getting protein can be difficult. Greek yogurt has a ton of protein which can help you to keep moving. It is also absolutely packed with calcium, so the baby’s skeleton will grow strong.

Incredible Edible Eggs. Another great source of protein, eggs are a great addition to any diet. They give you 12 vitamins and minerals on top of that – and at 90 calories, they are packed with what you need. Every cell that grows the baby requires a great deal of protein – so make sure you get a lot of it. Eggs can be a great departure from other meats that sometimes have trouble staying down in pregnant women.

Nuts! Eating nuts is something that gets recommended to anyone who is trying to be fairly healthy, and with good reason. They are an excellent way to get protein and fiber while you are on the go. Surrogates have a bunch of other things going on in their lives, so adding some walnuts or almonds to your bag to snack on throughout the day can be helpful.

Whole Grains Make You Feel A Whole Lot Better. There are so many options out there for whole grains, including popcorn, oatmeal, barley, and quinoa. Working a few of these into your daily diet can help you to get fiber, nutrients, selenium, phytonutrients, and vitamin E. There are so many choices out there, so this is a great opportunity to vary your diet.

Eat The Rainbow. When you are about to eat, make sure to look at your plate. There should be some color there. The baby can actually taste what you eat, so you want to give him or her some variety. This will increase the chances that the baby will want to eat different foods later in life.

Surrogacy is an extremely rewarding experience that will change your life forever. However, you have to be willing to put in more work than just carrying the baby – you have to provide a hospitable environment for him or her. If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today.

Gestational Surrogacy Vs. Traditional Surrogacy: Which Ones Is Best For Your Family?

There is a clear difference, at least on the surface, between gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy: in traditional surrogacy, the same surrogate that carries the baby also donates the egg, making her the biological mother; In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate gets an egg from another donor and has no biological connection to the baby.

Of course, this isn’t the only difference between the two. There are a few other things to take into consideration:

The Use Of An Egg Donor: With gestational surrogacy, an egg donor is used to create the embryo that the surrogate carries. This is commonly used in cases where there is a same-sex couple, a single man, or a heterosexual couple that cannot produce healthy eggs. It is also used by women who cannot produce a healthy egg. Egg donation isn’t a required part of the traditional surrogacy process because the surrogate uses her own eggs. It is important to note that the egg donor doesn’t have to be someone unknown to the couple.

The Medical Procedures Are Different: Both methods of surrogacy involve different medical procedures. With gestational surrogacy, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is utilized to create an embryo and is then transferred to the surrogate. Commonly, traditional surrogacy will involve artificial insemination using intrauterine insemination (IUI) but it could also use IVF. An IUI is preferred in traditional surrogacy because it doesn’t require the surrogate the undergo as many treatments.

What Surrogacy Professionals Are Involved: There are surrogacy professionals who only specialize in a specific type of surrogacy. There are many, many more legal and emotional complexities involved in traditional surrogacy, so they require a practiced hand. This means that there may be fewer options when it comes down to making a decision. You may also need legal professionals involved in traditional surrogacy.

The Amount Of Time Involved: Gestational surrogacy typically doesn’t take as long because there are more surrogates willing to complete this process.

Cost: One of the biggest considerations for surrogacy is the cost. Traditional surrogacy is less expensive than gestational surrogacy for just the sticker price, however, the cost of any legal services need to be included in estimates.

Considerations for Intended Parents

For families considering surrogacy, the ability to weigh the pros and cons realistically is important. For many, it can be difficult to determine which form is better than the other. That is why talking to a professional who can help you to see how the process works is so important. They will be able to learn a little more about you and help to guide you to the right answer.

Some things to consider in the process include:

Can you provide a healthy egg? There are many reasons why a mother cannot provide an egg. If it is possible, however, you may want to donate an egg. This automatically makes the best choice for your family a gestational surrogate. If you cannot provide an egg, then you can still weigh both options.

What fits your budget? If you can afford multiple rounds of IVF and donation, then you may want to consider it. While cost shouldn’t be the only reason you make your choice, it is something important to consider – after all, you will have to put a child through college after this. You have to consider all aspects of the budget before making a decision.

Know the emotional risks. There are more emotional risks to using a traditional surrogate. While most of the wrinkles are ironed out before the surrogate even gets pregnant, there will always be a genetic link to that person.

There are so many differences between gestational surrogacy and traditional surrogacy. It is important to sit down and really think about them – and then talk to a professional who can help to give you a different perspective on everything. Know that it is definitely harder to find someone willing to be a traditional surrogate in today’s world.

Surrogacy is an extremely rewarding experience that will change your life forever. If you are ready to get started on the surrogacy process, make sure to contact us today. We can give you all of the information that you need to make the best decision for your family.