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STEPHANIE»S EGG DONATION

When Stephanie was accepted into college, she promised herself that she would not allow her student loan debt to become so large that she would have to take a job based on her ability to pay the loan back. She did not want to feel the debt looming over her head every time she wanted to make a decision about her future.In order to have flexible hours,  she applied at the regular places--the store at the mall and the restaurant. She stumbled upon an advertisement about egg donation.  She had ...

Why Do Egg Donors Get Paid ?

In this day and age, every college-aged woman either has seen an advertisement or knows somebody who has donated their eggs.  Have you ever stopped to learn about it? Egg donors are young women (21-27 years old) who aid in the creation of a family when a couple is not able to conceive on their own.  After undergoing extensive testing, this young woman will follow a protocol that will lead to the retrieval of her egg production in a given month.  Her eggs are then combined with the semen of ...

How Will I Be Matched with My Surrogate?

Bundles of Joy, LLC takes many issues into consideration when finding the right surrogate for you and relies on both your and the surrogate’s opinions to finalize the match. We believe that a good match provides the basis for a happy surrogacy journey.Every month, Bundles of Joy, LLC receives over 100 applications from aspiring surrogates from the state of Florida, where laws are most favorable for surrogacy.  We rarely receive applications from women who live in other states.  In such cases, we consult with our legal professionals to determine whether ...

Surrogacy and Facebook

Your child’s birthday pictures, a joke, somebody’s opinion about the president or an inspirational quote are all posts we normally see on our friends’ Facebook pages.For us, Facebook has been a tremendous tool for completely different reasons.  Women wanting to become surrogates post about their everyday life on Facebook. We are able to see pictures of their children and their environment. We see how they express themselves, what language they use and what pictures they choose to post. Sometimes their posts warn us to stay away from them as candidates. ...

Single Vs. Multiple Embryo Transfer in Surrogacy

During the infancy years of In Vitro Fertilization, doctors transfered as many embryos as possible with the hope that at least one of them implants into the uterine lining, resulting in a viable pregnancy.  Intended parents are well aware that they could go from not even having one child at home to a sudden full house in only one pregnancy.    Let’s not forget that the goal of infertility treatments is to produce “a” healthy pregnancy and delivery, and of course “a” healthy baby.   Nowadays, the cost and ...

Positive Communication Between Intended Parents and Their Surrogate

A good time to start open communication with your surrogate is after she has been approved by your RE (reproductive endocrinologist) and contracts have already been signed.  It is best to let the lawyers discuss monetary issues and the terms of the contract. This leaves you and your surrogate to talk freely about the experience and both of your expectations.Here are some recommendations:Discuss upfront your desired frequency of contact; both you and your surrogate are busy people involved in your home activities, work and family.  It is best to decide ...

The Important Question of Disclosure and Egg Donation

Our children emulate all of our actions.When we think about disclosure related to egg donation we normally think of the child resulting from the donation. Should the child’s parents disclose that they had difficulty conceiving and that  she is in this world thanks to the great heart of a young woman she will never meet?Most egg donors are young and although they know that someday they will have a family, they are not taking that into consideration. So many years later, when an egg donor does have her own children, ...

THE LIFE LONG CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW YOUR FAMILY WAS BUILT

Telling your children their real story- how they were conceived by egg donation or embryo donationIn all the  literature we have read, we have never found a psychologist that recommends not telling your child that he or she was conceived through Assisted Reproductive Technologies; ie. Donor egg, embryo donation, surrogacy or a combination of those techniques. So the question is How?You can start telling the story when your children are very young; even while your child is growing in the womb.  This will allow you as a parent to start ...

A NIGHTMARE SURROGATE

Although finding surrogate is not an easy task, it is important to make sure the surrogate  is not only a good candidate, but a good candidate FOR YOU.The agency will conduct the initial interview, perform a background check to eliminate candidates with criminal backgrounds and domestic violence, and the psychological screening which is meant to ensure to you that she understands the journey and that she is mentally healthy.But there is more to it. You have to get along with this woman and trust her with your unborn child.For a ...

Why Do Surrogate Mothers Come Back for More?

There is no better way to understand why women who carry a baby for another couple enjoy it so much than to read about their positive experiences.Jordan is a mother from Florida who has been working with Bundles of Joy, LLC for the past 3 years.  She recently completed her second journey and is recovering from the delivery to prepare to enter her third and last journey. While in college, Jordan witnessed a few of her friends become egg donors. She considered it but never got around to it. Later ...

Frozen Egg Lifeboat

What a wonderful world we live in! Not only can one get life insurance but now one can get egg insurance, preserving the reproductive potential in women.We live our lives thinking, “What are the chances that XYZ will happen to me?  Zero to none…” until we  suddenly find ourselves getting close to being 40 years old without having met Mr. Right.  Unfortunately, our mothers may make us feel like it was our fault for having spent too much time involved in our careers, or because, as I was told many ...

Labor Pains of Bundles of Joy, LLC

Any woman diagnosed with infertility will find that many of the professionals--from the psychologist to the attorney, and the egg Donation and Surrogacy Agency--involved in her treatment have at one time walked the same road upon which she is about to embark. Just like for other women, infertility came to Mark and me as a surprise. I had had perfect periods from the beginning, so I believed that it was a given that I would be able to conceive as soon as I started trying.   Unfortunately, that was ...

The Journey of Surrogacy

Infertility is often a devastating circumstance to trudge through. The last step in the infertility ladder is Surrogacy.  Surrogacy is when an infertile woman commissions another woman to get pregnant for her, and carries and delivers the baby. This process is one that has been established by the legal system in order to avoid any doubts as to who the parents of the baby are. For example, the embryo cannot be genetically related to the Surrogate. In other words, the commissioning parents must have an embryo created with their own ...

YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR SURROGSTE MOTHER

There are two parts in the process of surrogacy: on one side the intended parents and on the other the woman who will get pregnant for them and carry and deliver their baby.The Intended Parents and the surrogate are free to decide what kind of relationship they would like to have before, during and after the pregnancy.  As long as both parts agree and they follow the terms established in the contract, there is no rules about it.What are the advantages of meeting your surrogate in advance?The surrogate mother will ...

Why Do Surrogate Mothers Come Back for More ?

There is no better way to understand why women who carry a baby for another couple enjoy it so much than to read about their positive experiences.Jordan is a mother from Florida who has been working with Bundles of Joy, LLC for the past 3 years.  She recently completed her second journey and is recovering from the delivery to prepare to enter her third and last journey. While in college, Jordan witnessed a few of her friends become egg donors. She considered it but never got around to it. Later ...