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05/22

2017

Celebrities and Surrogacy

Posted by admin | Filed under Infertility, Surrogacy

You’ve probably seen their stories reported in popular magazines and websites. When celebrities choose to publicize their surrogacy journeys, people listen. This spreads awareness and gives the public a greater understanding of the challenges of family building for both same sex and heterosexual celebrities who want to have babies–just like the rest of us!

Turning to Surrogacy
Regardless of their fame, prospective parents may need to use the services of a surrogate mother, also known as a gestational carrier, for a variety of medical and social reasons.

Intended mothers may have been born without a uterus, have a uterine structural abnormality, or needed a hysterectomy due to cancer, all of which make it impossible for them to carry a pregnancy. Some may have medical problems that would make pregnancy dangerous. Surrogacy also may be needed for women who have experienced numerous failed IVF cycles. They can produce healthy, normal-looking embryos, but implantation does not occur, even with IVF.

Of course, same sex individuals and single men who want to have biological children need two, “third parties,” an egg donor and a surrogate mother.

Here are four examples of celebrities who have shone a light on surrogacy:

GloZell Green
GloZell is viral social media superstar known for her signature green lipstick, vivacious personality and hilarious YouTube videos. When she wanted to have a baby in her late 30s, her doctor discovered she had endometriosis and a thin uterine lining. He suggested she use a surrogate mother to carry her baby.

GloZell and her husband Kevin Simon are now the proud parents of a little girl, O’Zell, born last August with the help of HRC Fertility’s Dr. Bradford Kolb. In her unique style, GloZell chronicled her surrogacy journey and, in the process, has educated millions of people about infertility and surrogacy.

Elton John and David Furnish
This megastar and his producer/director husband are one of the most famous gay couples who used surrogacy to build their family. Elton and David are British citizens and commercial surrogacy is not legally recognized in the United Kingdom. They used the same surrogate mother for the birth of their sons.

When fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana created a firestorm by calling IVF and surrogacy “unnatural,” Elton John came to the defense of the millions of parents and babies who have used these miraculous technologies.

Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban needed the help of a surrogate mother for their second daughter. After Ms. Kidman’s struggle to conceive baby number two, she was very open about talking about secondary infertility and the struggle of undergoing treatment and miscarriage, as well as showing her admiration for her surrogate mother.

Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin is not only a gay dad via surrogacy but was a single man who wanted to become a father when his twins Matteo and Valentino were conceived via surrogacy. He is well-known as a “choice dad” who made a conscious choice to become a father.

Ricky’s surrogacy experience is an example of how the desire for parenthood is a universal goal for both men and women, with or without a partner. Thank you to these celebrities and others who have brought awareness to this unique, but increasingly popular, family-building option.

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HRC Fertility has an active third party parenting program because California has very favorable surrogacy law, which attract intended parents from all over the world. To learn more, click here: http://www.havingbabies.com/infertility-treatment/third-party-reproduction/

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06/12

2015

You and Me and Babies Make Four

Posted by admin | Filed under Egg Donation, Gender Selection, Infertility, IVF, Surrogacy

When Stephen and Jun decided to get married, they knew they wanted to have a family someday. As a same-sex couple, however, their path to parenthood was a bit more complicated.

“We knew before we were married that we wanted to have kids, but we didn’t know when or how,” said Stephen. “We wanted to work on our own relationship and careers first, and for the first five or six years we were moving around the country with our jobs.”

After finally setting in southern California, Stephen and Jun decided the time was right to start looking at their family-building options. They did a lot of research, looked at several agencies, considered whether they wanted relatives help them conceive, and also discussed adoption.

“We wanted to find out what made the most sense for us,” they explained.

Ultimately, the couple found an agency close to home that could help them find an egg donor and local surrogate rather than an international surrogate. It was really important to them to be able to spend time with their surrogate and attend doctor’s appointments.

Based on their requirements, the agency also helped Stephen and Jun identify IVF clinics. After narrowing it down to two clinics, they chose Dr. Frederick at HRC’s Orange County office.

“Dr. Frederick told us that she’d helped other same-sex couples conceive biological children,” Stephen said, adding that he and Jun were also impressed with her investment in the Bonding Room at Saddleback Memorial Center, which provides a place to stay overnight at the hospital for couples with children born through a surrogate.

The couple knew they wanted twins, a boy and a girl, and were fortunate they had enough healthy embryos to have that choice. Though their twins are just eight months old, Stephen and Jun are already thinking ahead.

“We definitely plan to do it again!”

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02/19

2015

True Infertility Success Stories: How Using a Surrogate Was Different

Posted by admin | Filed under Infertility, Surrogacy

For couples suffering from fertility problems, there are many options to help them achieve their dream of a family. For D and A from Los Angeles, they chose a gestational surrogate after two successful, but difficult natural pregnancies. Their pregnancy through surrogacy was different in ways they didn’t expect.

“It’s a surreal experience,” explained D. “A week or two will go by and I don’t remember that we are having a baby.”

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02/16

2015

True Infertility Success Stories: My Road to Surrogacy

Posted by admin | Filed under Getting Pregnant, Surrogacy

D and A from Los Angeles didn’t have a problem getting pregnant; they had a problem staying pregnant. After two pregnancies, described as both difficult and in the case of the second pregnancy, traumatic, A’s doctors told her that she could not have another child without the help of a gestational surrogate.

“I didn’t know if mentally I could do it again. I was really worried what it would be like being pregnant again,” she said. Readmore ….

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08/15

2013

How to Choose an Infertility Attorney

Posted by Dr Robert Boostanfar | Filed under Blog, IVF, Surrogacy

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments present a lot of options for infertile couples today. Depending on what path you choose to build your family, you may need the advice and services of an infertility attorney. If you are using gestational carriers, sperm or egg donation, or embryo donation, a written agreement between you and the donor(s) drafted and reviewed by an infertility attorney would be a wise choice to protect the rights and responsibilities of all parties moving forward. Readmore ….

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