Conceptual Options Egg Donation News: Why Would Any Woman Become an Egg Donor?

Conceptual Options Egg Donation News: Why Would Any Woman Become an Egg Donor?

There are many different reasons thrown out by critics and proponents alike about why a woman would become an egg donor.  And, all of them are right to an extent…really.  Why a woman becomes an egg donor is both a personal one and a public one – why?  Because every woman is different, and every proponent/critic has their own public reason for proclaiming why someone is an egg donor.  A crazy concept, right?  It sure is.

But, the long and short of it is that we here at Conceptual Options believe that there are only two real reasons a woman becomes an egg donor – and here they are:

1. Compassion & Service to the World

This sounds idealistic, but it is true.  Most people in the world want to make a difference in some way, and this is one way to do it.  Making a family become a reality for someone who cannot is one of the most compassionate things that a woman can do for others. whether LGBTQ or not.

2.  Education & Empowerment

Every single egg donor must go through a very through and complete psychological and medical screening – most egg donors who undergo a cycle learn more about their own body and mind then they ever thought that they would.

 

Egg Donation Conceptual Options

Egg Donation Conceptual Options

 

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Australian Couple with Twins via Surrogacy Finally Leaves Thailand

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Australian Couple with Twins via Surrogacy Finally Leaves Thailand

Another chilling reminder as to why California is the place to go when you want to create your family via surrogacy.  This sounds like a scary situation that no one should have to undergo when creating their family.

An Australian couple who became trapped in Thailand with their newborn twins following changes to the country’s commercial surrogacy laws have finally arrived back home in Australia.

Kate and Adam Osborne, from Kempsey on NSW’s mid-north coast, landed at Port Macquarie airport with their twin daughters on Tuesday morning to a crowd of waiting friends and family.

Sierra-Leone and Mali Osborne were born on July 22 in Bangkok to a Thai surrogate mother.

But due to changes to Thai surrogacy laws when the twins were born, the couple were unable to bring the girls home until they had a court order granting consent from the birth mother.

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Conceptual Options Egg Donation News: Understanding an Egg Donor Database

Conceptual Options Egg Donation News: Understanding an Egg Donor Database

The egg donor is one of the most vital contributing factors to a successful pregnancy, whether as an Intended Mother or as a surrogate. Sometimes without a egg donor, your child being born will be nothing but a dream. In addition, donating an egg is an opportunity to help families who struggle with having a child of their own. The egg donor is the missing component to completing a beautiful family.

There come many struggles with finding an egg donor. The emotions you’ll be feeling as you go through lists of names and searching for possible candidates can be potent enough to swallow you whole. You may feel excited, nervous, or even scared. Most of all, you’ll be unsure. And you’ll find yourself going through the same pages repeatedly. Many agencies fill up their databases will false information to fluff up the parents’ options. We recognize the struggles of searching for an egg donor, and we do not discount the stress and importance of it. This is why we provide you with access to over 500 qualified egg donors who not only meet the strict requirements, but are real as well.

Our work ethic differs greatly from other agencies. You’ll find our services more professional, and our relationships with our egg donors are much tighter. Unlike other agencies, we require each of our egg donors to contact us on a regular basis to keep us updated with her current situation and her schedule. Searching for an egg donor is a highly emotional process, and our intentions are clear. We want to provide parents with a calm and controlled environment while choosing an egg donor. Our agency emphasizes greatly and not wasting any of your time waiting on egg donors who are not available, or filling you up with false hopes.

If an egg donor has not recently updated us with her situation and schedule, she will be deemed as unavailable and we will not allow her to be a possible candidate in your selection. Our egg donation database is designed to make your egg donor selection process as fast as possible, allowing your pregnancy  to be completed with minimal time being wasted on waiting. Once the possible donor has been selected, our reliable clients relations team will immediately contact her. Upon agreement to assist you and your family, she will be invited to sign a match agreement. The legal process will then commence, and your family will be advised and guided throughout every single step by our reliable staff.

Good luck in your search via our egg donor database here at Conceptual Options.

Conceptual Options Egg Donation Database

Conceptual Options Egg Donation Database

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Responsible ART Professionals in International Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Responsible ART Professionals in International Surrogacy

As we all are following the Thailand Surrogacy case of Baby Gammy, we found this interesting article out of BioNews.  We think it is a good read.  Let us know what you think.

The ‘Baby Gammy’ case has sparked worldwide interest and comment. At the time of writing at least some of the ‘facts’ of what happened, when, and why remain contested. However, as Sascha Callaghan and Ainsley Newson note in their commentary (see BioNews 766), the case highlights troubling issues that have been exercising the minds of some of us for some time (1-4).

Among the key questions that Callaghan and Newson ask are: whether it is ‘reasonable [for rich countries] to outsource reproductive requirements to countries where women from deprived backgrounds can obtain a slice of the baby marketplace?’ and ‘whether selling reproductive services between countries is moral?’; the latter begging the question of whether selling reproductive services anywhere is moral.

While the ‘Baby Gammy case’ has unleashed global outrage, it would be naïve to think that any national or international body is going to take action soon to address the problems associated with international surrogacy. In 2011, the Hague Conference on International Private Law began to consider the possibility of drawing up internally accepted standards and regulations for international surrogacy similar to those in operation for international adoption (5). However, the formulation of such regulations, if they ever materialise, is a long-term rather than a short-term undertaking (6-8), with the Conference deferring until Spring 2015 a decision on whether and how to pursue this project.

Read more here about Baby Gammy and International Surrogacy.

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Conceptual Options Blog Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Labor & Birth Terms to Know for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Labor & Birth Terms to Know for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

  • Abruptio Placenta (Placental Abruption): The placenta has started to separate from the uterine wall too early before the baby is born.
  • Amniotic Fluid: This protective liquid, consisting mostly of water, fills in the sac surrounding the fetus.
  • APGAR Test or Score: A measurement of the newborn’s response to birth and life outside the womb. The ratings, APGAR, are based on Appearance (color), Pulse (heartbeat), Grimace (reflex), Activity (muscle tone), and Respiration (breathing). The scores, which are taken at 1 & 5 minutes following birth, range from a high 10 to a low 1.
  • Breech Presentation: Where the fetus is positioned head up to be born buttocks first or with one or both feet first. This occurs in less than five percent of all births.
  • Cephalopelvic Disproportion: The baby is too large to safely pass through the mother’s pelvis.
  • Cervidil: A medication used to ripen the cervix before induction.
  • Cesarean Section: An incision through the abdominal and uterine walls for extraction of the fetus; it may be vertical or, more commonly, horizontal. Also called abdominal delivery; commonly called C-Section.
  • Colostrum: Baby’s first food, this is a thin white fluid discharged from the breasts at the beginning of milk production, and usually noticeable during the last couple of week of pregnancy.low the baby’s head to compress slightly during passage through the birth canal.
  • And there are so many more…..
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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News - Labor Terms for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News – Labor Terms for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: The Face of Surrogacy Today

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: The Face of Surrogacy Today

Great blog post written by the CEO of Conceptual Options, Dr. Saira Jhutty, on her new FertilityNews411 blog regarding the real face of surrogacy.

Deciding to use a surrogate to build your family is the hardest part. Once you decide, you need to start doing your research. Find an agency that you feel comfortable with, ask yourself what type of relationship do you want with your surrogate, what type of experience are you looking for – do you want to be fully involved or do you want to take a hands off approach? And understand that the process is costly. Agency fees, surrogate compensation, psychological evaluation fee, health insurance, IVF costs, attorney fees, court fees.. they all add up. So be prepared.

Preparation, education, and becoming informed is our motto at Conceptual Options, Partnering with you for Parenthood.

Conceptual Options Blog Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Blog Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Thai crack down on surrogacy could leave British parents in turmoil

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Thai crack down on surrogacy could leave British parents in turmoil 

According to Family Law Week:

On 22 July 2014 Thailand’s military government announced a review of all 12 fertility clinics in Thailand that conduct surrogacy. On Wednesday 30 July 2014 the Thai Government held a meeting with fertility clinics and doctors to set acceptable standards.

Background – Surrogacy
On an international level there are stark and contrasting approaches to surrogacy. In some jurisdictions surrogacy is permitted and enforceable (eg California), whereas in others surrogacy is criminalized. The UK’s approach to surrogacy is rooted in legislation from the 1980s and provides that surrogacy is not unlawful but the arrangements cannot be enforced and there are offences against third party commercial brokers, all of which creates uncertainty and obstacles for UK based parents.

As a result many UK based parents enter into surrogacy arrangements abroad, whereby an overseas surrogate mother delivers their baby in her home country and then the UK couple bring the child home.

Surrogacy destinations for UK couples
The USA is a popular destination for UK based parents. In some US states, the legal certainty, established agencies and high quality of medical and ethical treatment provide an ideal solution. As a result, the USA is an expensive destination, often costing in excess of $100,000.

Until recently India was a popular and low-cost alternative to the USA. In 2012 changes to Indian law meant that surrogacy was only available to married heterosexual couples. India’s change in law has led to same-sex couples looking to new cheaper alternatives to the USA.

The position in Thailand
Thailand, which has for a number of years been popular for Australian parents, seemed to fit the bill. Thailand previously had no laws regulating surrogacy and in the absence of any prohibitory laws, UK couples (particularly same-sex couples) have been considering Thailand and some couples will have already embarked upon surrogacy arrangements.

It appears that surrogacy is now permitted in Thailand only if:

  • the intended parents are a heterosexual married couple;
  • the intended parents are medically infertile;
  • the surrogacy is altruistic (ie the surrogate has not profited from the arrangement);
  • the surrogate is related to the intended parents.

It appears that therefore surrogacy will be illegal if the intended parents are either an unmarried heterosexual couple or a same-sex couple, if any money has been paid to the surrogate and the removal of a child from Thailand without the permission of the Thai authorities will likely breach human trafficking laws.

There are reports that all records from one Thai IVF clinic have been removed by the Thai military. Accordingly the parents already with surrogate pregnancies under way at that clinic will have no means of contacting the surrogate, will not know the whereabouts of the surrogate or know what will happen to their unborn babies.

It remains to be seen what will happen to the arrangements that were entered into prior to yesterday’s meeting or whether the Thai authorities will seek to prosecute either the surrogates, agencies, doctors or the intended parents for child trafficking offences.

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Conceptual Options Surrogacy - Thai Crackdown

Conceptual Options Surrogacy – Thai Crackdown

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Fetal Development Timeline for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Fetal Development Timeline for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

The transformation from a tiny fertilized egg to a fully formed baby is awe-inspiring. Here’s a look at the major milestones babies in utero typically reach, from conception to birth, and approximately when they happen.


First trimester

Your baby-in-the-making is a ball of cells called a blastocyst. The blastocyst already contains a full set of DNA from you and your partner, which determines sex, eye color, and other traits.
The ball of cells has officially become an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed. Over the next six weeks, all of your baby’s organs will begin to develop, and some will start to function.
Your baby’s tiny heart begins to beat – at twice the rate of yours. His entire “body” is only about the size of a sesame seed.
Facial features (like eyes and nostrils) are beginning to form, and little buds appear where arms and legs will develop.
Arms and legs are growing, and your baby now has little fingers, as well as a nose and upper lip. He’s moving quite a bit now, but you won’t feel it. He’s about 5/8 of an inch long and weighs hardly anything – four-hundredths of an ounce.
Eyes have developed, though your baby’s eyelids are fused shut for now. She’s lost her “tail” and is starting to look more human.
The embryo has become a fetus. His vital organs – such as kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver – are starting to function. Tiny fingernails and toenails are forming.
Your baby is almost fully formed. Her bones are beginning to harden, and her genitalia are developing externally. She can hiccup, though it’s too soon for you to feel it.
You can hear your baby’s heartbeat at a prenatal checkup.(You may already have heard it at an early ultrasound.) Your baby’s just over 2 inches long and weighs about half an ounce.

 

Second trimester

Your baby’s kidneys are producing urine, and he releases it into the amniotic fluid. He can make facial expressions and may have discovered thumb-sucking.
Your baby can see light that filters in from outside your womb, even though her eyelids are still shut.
Your baby’s sex may be detectable at your mid-pregnancy ultrasound, which typically happens between 16 and 20 weeks.
If you haven’t felt your baby move yet, you probably will in the next few weeks. It’ll take a couple of weeks longer for your partner and other people to feel your baby’s movements from the outside.

 

Your baby can hear your heartbeat and sounds that come from outside your body, such as your partner’s voice. Your baby might even be startled by a loud noise.
Your baby’s sense of movement has developed, so he can feel the motion if you dance. His sense of hearing continues to improve. You may sometimes be able to see him squirming under the surface of your belly.
Your baby’s taste buds are developing. Her brain is growing very quickly, and her hair may be growing, too. She’s almost a foot long and weighs just over a pound.
Your baby’s been doing “practice breathing” by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid, and if he was born now his lungs could function (with a lot of medical help). He can also open and close his eyes.

 

Third trimester

Your baby may be dreaming. She has eyelashes, and her eyesight is improving. She weighs about 2 1/4 pounds and is about 15 inches long, head to heel.
He’s grown cute little fingernails and toenails. He’s almost 17 inches long (head to heel) and weighs about 3 3/4 pounds.
If your baby’s born now, she’s considered “late preterm.” Healthy babies born at this stage usually do fine, though they need some care in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Your baby is now considered full-term. His lungs should work fine if he’s born now, but ideally he’ll stay in your womb a bit longer.
Your baby is due and fully ready for life outside the womb. The average weight of a newborn is about 7 1/2 pounds, and the average length is about 20 inches. If you go more than one or two weeks past your due date without delivering, your doctor may decide to induce labor.

Read more here about the Fetal Development Timeline for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Sleeping while Pregnant for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Sleeping while Pregnant for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Trying to find the best position to sleep at the night is one of the hardest thing to do while pregnant especially in the third trimester. In this article it talks about the different positions and things you can do to gt comfortable and get the best night sleep.

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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer – The toxic baby

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer – The toxic baby

It is very common nowadays to be concerned about what outside elements are affecting the growth of the fetus in the womb. This fascinating Ted Talks video opens your eyes to dangerous chemicals that we are unaware of. The factors include things that can effect the child in the womb as well as outside the womb. Please follow the link below to educate and arm yourself with powerful and useful information.

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Conceptual Options Pregnancy News