Not many people can say they made a lifelong friend as an infant, but then again, not many babies are Morgan and Sahar. Both babies have a lot in common: both have two doting daddies, both were born in November in El Paso, TX, and both were born via gestational surrogacy. Their story is one that connects two worlds through love and family.
Baby Sahar, the older by four days, was born to two loving fathers from Israel. Eddie and Moshe always dreamed of having a baby and their journey was not the easiest. However, they never lost their positivity...
There has never been a time when surrogacy has been so visible in popular culture. As celebrities like Elton John, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian become parents via surrogacy, the general population now has a more developed understanding of the surrogacy process than ever.
For couples struggling with fertility, same-sex couples, and others in need of assistance to become parents, surrogacy presents an ideal option for starting a family. However, no precise method exists of knowing whether or not becoming an Intended Parent is the right path to t...
Across the United States, the legal allowances for surrogacy differ greatly, but trends in surrogacy are rising. Surrogacy continues to grow in availability since the development of gestational, or in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and the development of litigation that permits surrogacy in more states.
However, as surrogacy grows in popularity, a number of myths about the process of being a surrogate have grown as well.
Myth #1: Surrogates are related to the babies they carry
Once upon a time, traditional surrogacy was a common option for IPs. Howev...
When you decide to take the journey down the road as a surrogate, you’re providing an amazing gift that will last a lifetime. But along the way, you’ll realize that it is far from just a nine month experience. Many surrogates go on to develop a lasting relationship with their matched intended parents.
Of course, throughout pregnancy, your health is more important than ever. And throughout the surrogacy process, the singularity of the experience can be complex. Having a support system to reach out to when needed is just one important piece of the...
Surrogacy is a long and detailed process for both the surrogate and intended parents. When looking into surrogacy, the most common questions are: what does surrogacy mean, and what does the process entail?
When thinking of surrogacy in general, some may initially think about what is understood as traditional surrogacy. The difference between gestational and traditional surrogacy is that a gestational surrogate will have no genetic connection to the child, whereas traditional surrogacy includes a process of artificial insemination, where a...
If you’re entertaining the thought of becoming a surrogate, it’s likely that you’re overwhelmed with a wave of emotions. For starters, you’ve simply become drawn to the opportunity to provide a life for others. Many potential surrogates find themselves surprised at what can seem like a sudden, inexplicable desire to help another person or couple build their family.
It’s important to approach the thought from a logical standpoint, apart from the emotions you feel. How will you know whether you’re actually ready to embark on this journey or not?
In this Surrogate Spotlight, we feature Erika, who shares with us the story of her journeys with AFS!
1) Please summarize your surrogacy journey thus far.
When I first applied for my surrogacy journey I thought it would take forever. To my surprise, it was fast! From the moment I applied, I already had Erin on the phone with me walking me through the next step. The matching was one of my favorite moments of the process. By Carey’s magic, I was matched with my IPs. I say by magic because it was as if we were all made for this, we match in every wa...
In this Surrogate Spotlight, we feature Jackie, who shares with us the story of her journeys with AFS!
1. Please summarize your surrogacy journey thus far.
I applied for surrogacy in December 2017 and it took a good 3 months for the screening and paperwork to be completed. I then had a match call with an Israeli couple who are so incredibly sweet and amazing. After we both agreed to match we then went through a few months of the legal process. Although the timeline may seem long, it sure does fly right by.
Gestational surrogacy has entered the mainstream, with celebrities like Gabrielle Union, Kim Kardashian and Andy Cohen talking about their surrogacy journey. However, there are still many misconceptions and myths surrounding gestational surrogacy.
We’re here to debunk five common surrogacy myths:
Myth #1: The Surrogate is the Mother
In gestational surrogacy, an embryo is created using the egg and sperm of either the intended parents or egg/sperm donors, through the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF). The embryo is then transferred to the uterus o...