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Pennsylvania Moms Make Great Surrogates!

Posted On January 18th, 2020

Pennsylvania women can serve as gestational carriers no matter where in the state they live: surrogates stay with the OB/GYN practice where they had their own children and their everyday schedule stays pretty much the same. Minimal travel is required.

With the Northeast Assisted Fertility Group, surrogates choose the intended family that is the right fit for them. They receive expert attention and the best medical care.

Put money into savings, toward college educations for the kids, or just general expenses: base cash compensation starts at $50,000 and the total compensation package will exceed $60,000.

 

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How Long Does Surrogacy Take?

Posted On October 16th, 2019

Good surrogates are hard to find! They need to be thoroughly vetted before they are matched with intended parents. This first step takes an average of three months, then the whole process takes about a year (to get to the baby’s birth). Kathy Benardo from the Northeast Assisted Fertility Group explains the steps.

 

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Made in Boise: documentary review by Ellen Glazer

Posted On October 12th, 2019

When I heard that there is a new documentary about surrogacy titled Made in Boise, I wasn’t sure what to think or expect. As a long time supporter of surrogacy, I have come to brace myself for such critical comments as “surrogacy exploits women” or “it’s a way rich people can make babies.” Hence it was with caution and a “wait and see” approach that I ventured off this week to a screening of Made in Boise at a Boston Globe documentary film festival.

So here is the good news: Made in Boise presents a largely positive picture of surrogacy. The beautifully filmed and edited documentary follows four gestational carriers, all level headed, responsible, caring and compassionate women. Like the “GC’s” I have known, they are good communicators who genuinely like and care for their “IP’s.” Similarly, the IP’s—a gay couple, a single man and two heterosexual couples—all have compelling reasons for seeking surrogates and all interact with their GC’s with kindness and respect. And without giving too much of the story away, the collaborative efforts of GC’s and IP’s bring healthy and long awaited babies into the world.
Although I enjoyed the film and left the theatre pleased that surrogacy was presented in such a positive way, my reaction to Made in Boise was not all positive. Having worked in the field for many years, I know that surrogacy is complicated. In my experience, women who become GC’s think about it for many years and go through an arduous screening process before being matched with IP’s.

 

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How Much Does it Cost to Use Donor Eggs?

Posted On October 7th, 2019

There is a base cost of about 15K for an IVF cycle but beyond that, there is a range of costs for donor eggs depending on which option you choose. Frozen eggs are generally cheaper than fresh but the selection is limited.

 

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Is Freezing Your Eggs Worth it?

Posted On October 1st, 2019

Egg freezing for fertility preservation is aggressively marketed to young women, but is it worth the cost? I discuss the statistics in this week’s video.

 

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