If you’re planning your travel to pick up your baby, you may be tempted to buy your airline tickets to arrive on the Estimated Due Date (EDD). That’s a bad idea because the date shown in the report is not the actual number of weeks of the pregnancy. The EDD is based on the “Gestational Age” of the fetus, not the “Chronological Age”.
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PLEASE NOTE: Information in this website is based on personal experience gained over many years of assisting infertile couples. Comments are intended as a Guide for those in need, but should not replace professional medical or legal advise. Any medical questions should ALWAYS be referred to a credentialed medical specialist before beginning any treatment.
When I started my surrogacy journey 6 years ago, Greece was closed to foreigners. Recently there have been some changes that have opened the country up for international couples. However, the law was extended in 2014 to allow foreign citizens to pursue surrogacy in Greece as well.
Surrogacy options suck for gay couples. It’s even worse for gay couples in the UK. The United States is the only destination where commercial surrogacy for gay couples is legal. Here’s a quick rundown of the “affordable,” legal options worldwide.
There are excellent IVF clinics in many countries overseas – and many are much more affordable than a typical US clinic. So it’s tempting to perform your IVF overseas and then bring your embryos to the US for the surrogacy part of the journey. But wait! It’s not that easy.
I have a clinic India that still likes to freeze embryos at Day 3. The rationale is that the embryos will develop better in their natural ‘in utero’ environment. I prefer Day 5 embryos, but I defer to the doctors on these types of issues– but there are exceptions, and PGS/PGD analysis is one of those exceptions.
Some states are friendlier to surrogacy than others. Some fully support your parental rights, while others may prosecute you. The most critical requirement is that the baby is born in a state that recognizes the Surrogacy Contract, because that will determine if you are the legal parents on the birth certificate are not.
Single women struggling with infertility don’t get many options. Having a baby abroad with both an egg and sperm donor isn’t possible because the baby doesn’t qualify for citizenship. But if the Intended Mother is a U.S. citizen residing in the U.S. then Embryo Adoption can save a lot of time and money.
I totally understand the struggle to afford a family. Ever since my children were born in India, I have been wracking my brain looking for affordable alternatives to $150K programs in the United States. There is some good news and bad news on that front.
“Collapsed Embryos” is certainly an unfortunate term that can drive fear into Parents, but it’s really not as terrible as it sounds. Blastocysts in-vitro typically undergo repeated collapse and expansion before they arrive at the point where they are ready to “attach” and latch onto the uterus wall. This is a normal part of the embryo’s growth cycle.
Good news. Many women continue ovulating after having their uterus removed — so it’s often be possible for a woman to donate eggs for an IVF and surrogacy program even after a full or partial hysterectomy. The first step will be a complete ovarian ultrasound scan to judge the condition of the ovaries as well as the ovarian volume.