Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Exploring Surrogacy for Second Baby

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Exploring Surrogacy for Second Baby

In news today it is clear that Kim Kardashian & Kanye West are having trouble having their second child – a heartbreak for anyone no matter who you are.  But, they are considering the option of using a surrogate mother, as IVF has not yet worked for them at this point.

According to US Weekly,

There are a lot of ways to grow a family, and Kim Kardashian isn’t ruling out any of them. After unsuccessfully trying for a year to get pregnant again, the reality star is exploring other options with husband Kanye West — including surrogacy, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly

“Kim has been undergoing IVF,” the insider tells Us of Kardashian, 34, who welcomed daughter North West, 23 months, in June 2013, after a dramatic, difficult delivery. “It’s causing problems with her body.”…

Indeed, as Keeping Up With the Kardashians fans saw on a recent episode, the star had to undergo a procedure to “clear something out of [her] uterus.” And on the May 31 show, she’ll reveal that an implanted embryo did not take.
Read more here about how Kim & Kanye may be going the surrogate route in order to expand their family.
Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Kim Kardashian

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Kim Kardashian

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Surrogacy & Religion

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Surrogacy & Religion

Surrogacy is a hot topic by itself, but when you add religion to the mix it’s like a blazing inferno. This is because many religions are against Surrogacy. For example, in the Catholic religion, it is generally not permitted because it is considered to be against God’s will. While in other religions, such as the Jewish religion, it is generally not considered to be against God’s will and is not shameful to talk about.

Everyone has their own religious views, and they are absolutely entitled to them. And when it comes to the topic of Surrogacy, everyone is also entitled to his or her feelings and views on it. Yet, religious beliefs and other people’s views on the subject of Surrogacy should never be the reason that a person or a family does not fulfill their dream to have a family, especially because those people are not the ones who have to live their lives feeling incomplete or as if their family is missing a piece. Additionally, those people do not consult you when they decide to have a child, and you do not scoff when they tell you that they are going to be adding to their family, so why should they be able to judge you for using a different method to have a child?

Besides, most religions are about forgiveness and family and not judging others, so don’t you think that God or Allah or another higher power would forgive a person or a family who decided to use Surrogacy to complete their family and make them whole by using Surrogacy to have a child. After all, generally speaking children in all religions are considered to be the greatest gift and ought to be cherished.  These children are the next generation who will carry on your teachings and beliefs.  Without children to carry on the beliefs of a religion, that religion would eventually die out because there would be no one to carry on its teachings.

Thus, when it comes to having a child through Surrogacy, do speak to your Rabbi, Priest, Pastor, etc. to understand what your religion feels about Surrogacy. But when it comes down to it, you are the one that has to choose whether or not to have a child using Surrogacy and that will be a decision that you personally will have to deal with for the rest of your life. Your Pastor, Priest, or Rabbi is not the one that will have to deal with that decision, you will. And remember, generally religions preach forgiveness, and if having a child through Surrogacy is what makes you or your family whole you have to believe that you with find forgiveness from your higher power.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Surrogacy & Religion

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Surrogacy & Religion

 

 

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Update: In the Defense of Surrogacy Part II

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Update: In the Defense of Surrogacy Part II

Last week we posted Perez Hilton’s announcement on the birth of his second child via surrogacy, and how he felt that surrogacy should be legalized all over the country.   So, today, we wanted to take it a step further and post some thoughts written by one of our awesome employees here at Conceptual Options.

There are those that say that Surrogacy is not only morally wrong, but it should be outlawed because it exploits women, specifically women that are Surrogates. They say that Surrogates are not being treated as people, but as “breeders” or “wombs for sale.” In essence, they are saying that Surrogates are being exploited for their bodies.

However, what these critics fail to realize is that Surrogacy is about helping someone have the child(ren) that they always wanted and were unable to have on their own. Surrogates are not being exploited for their wombs, quite the opposite actually. These women are giving these infertile people the gift of life, the family that they have always wanted and could never have.

Of course, these critics do not see it that way, because they are being paternalistic and believe that women who want to become Surrogates do not understand the gravity of their actions and need to be “protected” from being used. If this were a third world country that argument might have merit, but here in the United States Surrogates are not destitute women doing anything they can to get by; in the United States Surrogates are smart, caring mothers who want to help people or couples who are unable to have children of their own experience the joy and unconditional love of a child.

And yes, there have been negative aspects to Surrogacy in the United States, but that is a small minority of experiences far outweighed by all of the good that Surrogacy and the women who are Surrogates have brought about. But all these critics want to talk about is the small minority, the negative, instead of looking at any of the positive aspects of Surrogacy.

We should be championing the heartening aspects of Surrogacy, giving the same if not more weight to all of the good that Surrogacy and Surrogates have done. Lets think of those now…Think of all of the children and families that have been created through the help of Surrogate mothers. Think of all of the dreams that have come true because a family is finally complete. Think of all the heartbreak and heartache that has been eased because a Surrogate helped the ultimate dream come true, a child. Think of the swell of unconditional love that a parent feels upon first meeting their child. Think of the wholeness that a child brings to a family. For some families, these thoughts would not be a reality without a Surrogate.

We hope you enjoy.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News - Defense of Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News – Defense of Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Perez Hilton & the Defense of Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Perez Hilton & the Defense of Surrogacy

Perez Hilton, celebrity blogger, is certainly not the first celebrity to have his child via surrogacy; but, this week’s announcement of the birth of his daughter, Mia Alma, brought him front and center to the defense of surrogacy.  We applaud his decision to make certain that those against surrogacy hear his voice.

According to Perez Hilton,

This is what I’ve dreamed of my whole life.

This dream of being a parent is something that many Americans share. Gay AND straight Americans both use surrogacy to start or add to their families. Yet, in many states, surrogacy is illegal.

As the Supreme Court is ready to make their landmark decision on same-sex marriage, I feel the need to get political and urge all politicians to please make surrogacy legal nationwide.

The dream I’m living is one that everyone should be able to live!

Having said that, my brain is mush right now. I am blissfully afflicted with baby brain and so relieved that my soul, Mia Alma, is here.

My son was born 4 weeks prematurely in 2013. So for the last month I’ve been living on edge and filled with a lot of anxiety.

That anxiety has not completely gone away, but my heart has been filled with so much more love!

Love is what matters most!

Well, said Perez!!

Conceptual Options & the Defense of Surrogacy

Conceptual Options & the Defense of Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: California Parents Fighting for Parental Rights for Baby Born via Surrogacy in Mexico

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: California Parents Fighting for Parental Rights for Baby Born via Surrogacy in Mexico

A couple from San Jose, California, decided to head to Mexico to save money on surrogacy in the small town of Tabasco, reportedly the only Mexican state where surrogacy is legal. But according to the Amirehs, the laws suddenly changed around the time when Grayson was born on April 16 and they’re unable to get the birth certificate for him that’s required to secure a passport for the trip to the United States.

According to the SFGate,

A San Jose family turned to a surrogate in Mexico when they were unable to have children of their own. Now, Haseeb and Christy Amireh are fighting to bring their newborn baby, Grayson, back to America…

“There are still agencies taking … intended parents, like us, so we’d like to get the word out,” Haseeb told CBS News

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, told KPIX-TV, “From what we learned, the governor in that state has put a moratorium on all birth certificates for surrogate families … I think this just highlights why it’s really important to understand the laws of any country that you’re traveling to to make a health care decision.”

Read more here about the importance of knowing the laws of the country for your journey to creating a family.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Mexico Fight

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Mexico Fight

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: China Cracking Down on Illegal Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: China Cracking Down on Illegal Surrogacy

According to Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China, China will be commencing a multi-department crack down on the illegal surrogacy industry in China.  Concerned that the industry has been operating in a grey area since 2006, China vows to confront surrogacy head on.
In fact,

Internet website, TV, radio and print media that carry surrogacy ads will also be cleansed, while the authorities will step up supervision over the sale and circulation of assisted reproductive technology (ART) drugs and medical equipment, it said.

Read more here about China’s crackdown on illegal surrogacy.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: China

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: China

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Becoming a Surrogate

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Becoming a Surrogate

“With my short life I am changing the lives of families for the better. I don’t know what you are doing with your life, but this is what I’m doing with mine.” 
-A Conceptual Options surrogate

Being a surrogate is not something that everyone may want to do, and it is definitely not something that everyone can do, especially if you are a surrogate for Conceptual Options.   At Conceptual Options only about 4% of all women that apply to become a surrogate are chosen for their program, but considering that a surrogate is someone who will be
carrying a child (or children) for someone else,  it is a big commitment.

Conceptual Options has a rigorous vetting process for every woman that applies to become a surrogate with their agency; to begin a potential surrogate must have previously delivered at least one healthy child without any complications during her pregnancy. While also be willing to be completely committed to their potential intended parents and adhere to Conceptual Options strict screening and counseling protocols. Which includes a lengthy
application with in person interviews, psychological testing, psychological evaluation, infectious disease screening, medical records evaluation, and a criminal background check.

If you think you are prepared to undergo these evaluations and screening process, Conceptual Options’ staff will guide you through the entire process making sure that you are well informed and comfortable the entire time.  After all, becoming a surrogate is a huge commitment not only because of the time and physical commitment, but also the
mental commitment.  And Conceptual Options wants to ensure that your experience is the true five star experience that we strive for every single day.

Conceptual Options - Becoming a Surrogate

Conceptual Options – Becoming a Surrogate

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News: Australian Couple’s Incredible Journey with Their Surrogate

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency News:  Australian Couple’s Incredible Journey with Their Surrogate in Pictures

Here at Conceptual Options, we absolutely love when the media finally takes a positive look at surrogacy and how it helps create families all over the world.  The Huffington Post did an absolutely wonderful job that included their story and some awesome, breathtaking photos.  Enjoy!

See the Australian Couple’s Incredible Journey with Their Surrogate in Pictures here.

Conceptual Options & the Incredible Surrogacy Journey

Conceptual Options & the Incredible Surrogacy Journey

Conceptual Options Surrogacy Agency – Actress Ellen Pompeo Opens Up About Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy AgencyActress Ellen Pompeo Opens Up About Surrogacy

Great story about how Grey’s Anatomy actress, Ellen Pompeo, kept her surrogacy process a secret.

“She was born two months ago,” Pompeo told Kimmel. “The mayor of New York City married us, and I kept that a secret for five days, too, I’ve done it before. The covert thing is kind of fun. This baby was born via surrogate, so I felt an obligation to keep the surrogate’s privacy. That was of utmost importance to me…”

Pompeo praised her surrogate, saying, “This is an incredible thing to do with your life, to give the gift of carrying someone’s child, so I am forever grateful and feel very blessed and grateful to her – she who will remain anonymous. I was there with her when they inseminated her and we held hands. I looked into the microscope and I saw the embryo, I saw the baby, and they put it in a thingy and they inseminated her. And then we held hands and we prayed, we talked to god, and if she was meant to be. He said he was going to try to help us out and now we have a gorgeous baby girl.”

Read more here about Actress Ellen Pompeo Opening Up About Surrogacy

 

Ellen Pompeo Surrogacy Secret

Ellen Pompeo Surrogacy Secret