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.
Will Surrogacy Become Legal in NY (Finally) in 2020?
Posted On January 7th, 2020
In this week’s video I describe why the surrogacy bill did not pass last year and suggest strategies for its success in 2020.
Do I Need to Be Genetically Matched with My Egg Donor?
Posted On December 17th, 2019
In this video I explain that a donor is either eligible to donate or not; it is very rare for a donor and her recipient to be a carrier for the same genetic condition. Blood type does not present a conflict either.
My Journey From Infertility To Motherhood by Laura Watson
Posted On November 14th, 2019
Former NAFG client Laura Watson writes about her experience using an egg donor in this article in https://livingthesecondact.com.
My Journey From Infertility To Motherhood
How Does an Out-of-Town Donation Work?
Posted On November 7th, 2019
You can donate outside your hometown: the travel is all expenses paid in advance. I describe the requirements in detail in this week’s video.
What are the Hidden Costs for a Surrogacy?
Posted On October 23rd, 2019
Some agencies advertise very low fees: they are probably not including all the costs that surrogacy entails.
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.
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.
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.
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.