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According to the Mayo Clinic, 15% percent of couples are infertile and over one-third of these couples are infertile due to male factor issues.

This shocking statistic led us to ask ourselves, how can we work proactively to address male factor infertility and lower the statistics we see today?

To answer our question, we consulted with industry leader, Mindy Berkson, to learn more about male factor infertility, specifically the causes and treatment options for such.

Boosting Your Fertility

Dads teach us so much about life. They care for us and protect us when we’re small, encourage us to explore the world around us as we grow, and are always there to make us laugh (or groan) with a “Dad joke.” No matter what type of Dad you happen to have had, he’s sure to have influenced the person you are today. At Newborn Advantage, we love Dads, and want wish each one a Happy Father’s Day. If you are seeking to become a father, that includes you! Newborn Advantage specializes in helping expectant parents build their families—and this month, we’re focusing on Dads to Be.

Here are three common challenges to male fertility, and three solutions to boost conception for men:

1. No / Low Sperm Count

Low sperm count is a common cause of male infertility—however, men with low sperm count can still father children. Normal sperm density ranges from 15 million to greater than 200 million sperm per milliliter of semen. Men who have fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter, or less than 39 million total sperm per ejaculate, are considered to have low sperm count.

Sperm Washing

Sperm washing is a technique that separates the most active individual sperm from semen, and removes non-motile sperm and mucus, in order to the improve chances of fertilization. Sperm washing is a standard procedure in in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Decrease HIV Transmission

Beyond increasing fertility, sperm washing also helps reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. For HIV-positive men, sperm washing reduces the risk of transmitting HIV. The infection is carried in the seminal fluid rather than by the sperm, so washing sperm can be very effective. In one study from 2005 involving 567 serodiscordant couples (couples where one partner is HIV-positive and one is not), who used washed sperm to conceive, no HIV transmission occurred. However, washed sperm is not 100% guaranteed to be virus-free.

2. Single Male/No Partner

Single women who wish to conceive may visit a sperm bank. But what about single men? If you are ready to become a parent but you don’t have a partner, gestational surrogacy can be an ideal solution.

What is Gestational surrogacy?

You may be familiar with traditional surrogacy, where a woman agrees to be inseminated with a man’s sperm, carries the child, and gives the baby to the man, or to a couple, after it is born. With gestational surrogacy, the surrogate mother uses donated eggs rather than her own. Donated eggs are fertilized with your sperm in a laboratory, and transferred to the surrogate’s uterus. The eggs may be supplied by an anonymous donor, or someone you know.

Why is gestational surrogacy better for single males?

When you work with an agency that specializes in gestational surrogacy, like Newborn Advantage, the process is safer, more effective, and more beneficial for all parties. We work with the highest quality surrogates, increasing the chances of healthy conception, and can match you with a qualified surrogate in two weeks or less. We also act as your advocate, helping you navigate the legal and financial surrogacy processes, and ensuring the proper agreements and contracts are in place to protect your interests. Unlike traditional surrogacy, gestational surrogacy always includes a formal contract that guarantees you will be recognized as the parent. Because gestational surrogates do not use their own eggs, they do not have a genetic connection to the child they are carrying—it is your baby from the beginning.

3. GBTQ Males

In the not-so-distant past, gay male couples who wanted to start their own families faced many challenges—but today, there are many options to help you become fathers. Newborn Advantage specializes in gay surrogacy. Our gestational surrogacy services can match you with a highly qualified surrogate in just two weeks. Once you’re matched, you and/or your partner may provide a sperm donation, which will be used to fertilize donated eggs in a laboratory. You may work with one gestational surrogate to carry one child, or you and your partner may each be matched to a separate surrogate, allowing you to father two children, who are biologically related to each of you.

For gay couples who wish to become parents, there are also many legal issues that must be considered. Newborn Advantage can connect you with experienced legal professionals who will ensure the correct procedures are followed for the countries and cities where both you and your surrogate reside, ensuring the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Find a Gestational Surrogate

Interested in gestational surrogacy? Newborn Advantage can help. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, or for more information about surrogacy. We look forward to hearing from you!

Fertility Planning for Women

Moms are amazing. They hold us close when we’re babies, teach us and help us grow, and continue to support when we become adults. Even for those of us who have lost our mothers, their love continues to impact us today. Here at Newborn Advantage, we want to wish moms everywhere a very Happy Mother’s Day—including moms-to-be. As one of the best surrogacy agencies in the U.S., we understand how many women desperately want to become mothers, but are struggling with fertility problems. We love helping moms achieve their dreams of starting a family, so we’re dedicating this month’s blog to fertility planning for women. Here are three ways to boost your chances of becoming a mother:

1. IVF

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is one of the most popular methods for treating infertility. In ART procedures, eggs are surgically removed from a woman’s ovaries, and combined with sperm in a laboratory. Then, they are either returned to the woman’s body, or transferred to a surrogate. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s 2017 Fertility Clinic Success Rates Report, 284,385 ART cycles were performed in the United States during 2017, resulting in 68,908 live births. Approximately 1.7% of all infants born in the United States every year are conceived using ART.

In virtro fertilization (IVF) is an ART procedure in which a woman’s eggs are extracted and fertilized as described above, resulting in the creation of embryos, which are transferred into the woman’s uterus through the cervix. IVF can improve female fertility for patients with the following conditions:

• Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
• Male infertility, including decreased sperm count or sperm motility
• Ovulation disorders, such as premature ovarian failure or uterine fibroids
• Genetic disorders
• Women who have had their fallopian tubes removed
• Unexplained infertility

The American Pregnancy Association reports that the live birth rate for each IV cycle started in the U.S. is approximately:

• 41-43% for women under age 35
• 33-36% for women ages 35 to 37
• 23-27% for women ages 38 to 40
• 13-18% for women ages over 40

Live birth rates can vary depending on the fertility clinic you’re working with. If you’re interested in IVF, Newborn Advantage can help you find the best fertility clinics in your area. As gestational surrogacy specialists, we can also match you with a surrogate, who will carry the embryo created via IVF to term.

2. Egg Donation

Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have—and as a woman ages, the number of eggs she has left declines naturally. Some women may also have a diminished egg supply due to congenital, medical, surgical, or unexplained causes. These women may still be able to conceive naturally, but they will produce fewer eggs in response to fertility treatments. If diminished egg quality is preventing you from getting pregnant, egg donation can be a solution. Here are a few examples of conditions where egg donation can be helpful in boosting fertility:

• Early menopause
• Premature ovarian failure (POF)
• Poor egg quality
• History of genetic disease
• Ovaries do not respond to stimulation
• Hormonal imbalance
• Over the age of 40

Newborn Advantage can provide assistance in identifying egg donors for in vitro fertilization (IVF). We work with the best fertility agencies in the nation, to ensure you receive the healthiest eggs. Egg donors are screened for a history of birth defects or diseases, medical and social issues, physical health, psychological health, and sexually transmitted diseases. With egg donation, donors take medications to stimulate egg development and ovulation, undergo ultrasound testing and blood work, and receive the hormone HCG, before eggs are retrieved. These procedures help to optimize egg donation results.

If you’re working with an egg donor, your cycle will be synchronized with theirs, using hormonal medications. This helps to ensure your uterus lining is prepared to support the embryo. If you’re conceiving with a male partner, he will provide a semen sample the same day the eggs are retrieved from the donor. Lesbian couples, or couples with male fertility problems related to sperm, can use donated sperm. From there, the IVF cycle continues as described above.

3. Gestational Surrogate Carrier

IVF and egg donation can be very successful in increasing your chances of getting pregnant. But what if you are unable to safely carry a child to term? If you have struggled with infertility and becoming pregnant yourself is not an option, gestational surrogacy can be a wonderful solution.

With gestational surrogacy, the child is not biologically related to the surrogate mother, or gestational carrier. Instead, she carries an embryo that was created via IVF. This allows you to have a child who is genetically related to one or both parents. Unlike traditional surrogacy, gestational surrogacy does not require adoption, because your baby will be genetically linked to you. Gestational surrogacy is the most common type of surgery in the U.S. today.

While gestational surrogacy has many benefits, it can be a complex arrangement. Intended parents will need to identify a healthy and qualified surrogate, complete legal contracts, navigate medical procedures and cover medical expenses for the surrogate. Working with a surrogacy agency can make it easier to match with the best surrogates, follow your state or country’s laws, and prevent legal and financial complications.

Interested in Gestational Surrogacy?

Newborn Advantage has deep experience in the surrogacy industry, and can match you with an ideal surrogate in as little as two weeks. We can also connect you with top fertility clinics and legal professionals, and manage every aspect of the surrogacy process, making it seamless for you. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, or for more information about surrogacy. We look forward to hearing from you!

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are wonderful holidays—but for anyone struggling with fertility problems, they can also be a reminder of unfulfilled dreams to start a family. At Newborn Advantage, we believe every intended parent deserves the opportunity to become a mother or father. Over the next two months, we’ll discuss female fertility, male fertility, and ways to boost fertility to increase your chances of getting pregnant. So, even if you’re not a mom or dad this year, perhaps the next time Mother’s Day or Father’s Day rolls around, you will be.

Fertility for Women

As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 percent of women in the United States ages 15-44 have trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant. Most problems are caused by ovulation difficulties, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Advanced age, smoking, alcohol use, stress, diet, athletic training, being overweight or underweight and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can also lead to fertility decline. Age is a major factor. Today, about 20 percent of U.S. women now have their first child over the age of 35. One-third of these women face fertility problems. Fortunately, there are many ways to increase fertility. You can boost fertility by working with a fertility specialist and using assisted reproductive technology (ART) methods like in vitro fertilization (IVF) with egg donation. Another approach is to work with a gestational surrogate carrier. Newborn Advantage can match intended parents with a surrogate in just two weeks—faster than most surrogacy agencies.

Fertility for Men

Male fertility is every bit as important as female fertility to ensure conception. The Mayo Clinic notes that one-third of fertility problems are attributable to male infertility—the same percentage attributed to female infertility. Male infertility can be caused by age (over 40), low sperm production, abnormal sperm function, blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm, illnesses, injuries, and chronic health problems. However, there are many ways to boost fertility for men, as well. Sperm washing can optimize results with IVF, and decrease the risk of HIV transmission for men who are HIV positive. Working with a gestational carrier as a surrogate can also be a solution for single men, gay couples, and couples with male fertility. We’ll share more about this topic in our Father’s Day blog, coming in June.

Learn More About Fertility Planning

Revisit our blog on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to learn more about female fertility, male fertility, and how to increase your chances of becoming a parent. Of course, you can also feel free to contact us any time with your questions, or for more information about surrogacy. We look forward to hearing from you.

Answers to Legal Questions from a Leading Fertility Attorney

When you choose gestational surrogacy, your baby may or may not have a biological connection to you. Gestational surrogacy is possible using donor egg and donor sperm in several states. So whether your baby will carry your DNA or not is an important consideration before you match with a surrogate.

Newborn Advantage works with intended parents from all over the world, guiding them through the gestational surrogacy process from start to finish. The legal issues surrounding surrogacy are complex, but with help from an experienced attorney, navigating legal hurdles becomes much easier.

To help intended parents learn more about gestational surrogacy law, we spoke with Richard B. Vaughn, Esq., Founding Partner of the International Fertility Law Group, Inc. Vaughn served as Chair of the American Bar Association – Family Law Section’s Assisted Reproduction Technology Committee from 2013 – 2018, and has a deep understanding of gestational surrogacy and the law.

Q: How much do fertility laws vary from state to state, and around the world?

A: Quite a bit. Assisted reproductive technology, or ART, is a relatively new and rapidly changing field that has changed the definition of family and parenting. For that reason, laws governing reproduction and parentage have not caught up to the technology in many parts of the world and in some U.S. states, and legislation and case law vary widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Q: What if intended parents live in a different state or country than their surrogate? Do they need to understand the surrogacy laws in both regions?

A: Yes. It is important that intended parents and their attorney become familiar with and consider carefully the laws in the state where a surrogate will give birth, the laws in the country or countries where the child’s citizenship will be registered, and the laws where the intended parents and their family plan to reside, before entering into any surrogacy arrangement.

Q: The legal issues surrounding gestational surrogacy can be complicated. What’s the best way for intended parents to get started—especially with international surrogacy?

A: Because the laws are so different across the world, it’s a good idea to consult with an international fertility attorney early in the surrogacy process—ideally, before you are matched with a surrogate. Any attorney experienced in fertility law will understand the issues surrounding gestational surrogacy, and can answer questions and guide intended parents in making the best decisions for their families and avoiding unexpected legal hurdles and heartaches.

Q: What steps can intended parents take to ensure they’re recognized as legal parents of their child?

A: In ART law, the “gold standard” is for intended parents to be legally recognized as the baby’s parents from the moment of birth, with both intended parents’ names listed on the birth certificate. Most states allow intended parents to obtain a court order establishing them as legal parents before their baby is born. However, not all states and countries accommodate this process. Some will not issue an order of parentage until after the birth. And of course, with other countries, the law is different as well. Your attorney can help you navigate the legal procedures in your state or country, as well as your surrogate’s place of residence, to ensure you’re recognized as the legal parents as soon as possible.

Q: How does sexual orientation affect the legal process with surrogacy?

A: This varies greatly depending on the country or state. For example, if the intended parents are a gay male couple from a country outside the U.S., it may be necessary to list the surrogate as mother on an initial birth certificate in order to comply with the laws of their home country. In this case, we would then obtain an amended birth certificate after the birth, without listing the surrogate and only listing the biological father. The same might apply to a same-sex married couple, depending on what country they live in, or in what country or countries they hold citizenship.

Q: What advice do you have for intended parents who want to avoid legal issues with surrogacy?

A: Each situation is unique, and the most important thing is that you are represented by legal counsel who knows and understands the laws in the jurisdiction where your baby will be born and the jurisdiction where you and your family will reside.

IFLG International Fertility Law GroupNewborn Advantage is a leader in gestational surrogacy around the world, and we specialize in working with same-sex couples and singles, professional singles, infertile couples and cancer patients. We match intended parents with surrogates faster than most surrogacy agencies, usually within two weeks. Our goal is to give your newborn an advantage at birth and in life. Working with a fertility attorney gives you a legal advantage, too. To learn more about international fertility law, Esq., visit the International Fertility Law Group Inc.’s website.

Interested in surrogacy?

Contact Newborn Advantage today to learn how we can help you find the right surrogate, and connect with a legal professional who will protect your interests. We look forward to hearing from you.

Three gestational surrogates share their experiences as a surrogate mother

In recent years, gestational surrogacy has made healthy pregnancy possible for many parents who were not able to carry a child on their own. Using a surrogate allows intended parents to welcome a child into the world who is biologically connected to them. It’s an incredible thing. But have you ever wondered, “How does it feel to be a surrogate mother?” At Newborn Advantage, we work with gestational surrogates every day—so we asked a few of them to share what it’s like to be a surrogate. Here are their stories.

Jasmin C.

Jasmin had four healthy children of her own when she decided to become a gestational surrogate. She has since carried two children for other families, as a Newborn Advantage Surrogate. The first child she delivered was born on July 4, 2017.

“It was so special,” she remembers. “Both dads were there, and their reaction, seeing their baby for the first time, made it all worth it.”

Jasmin admits that pregnancy isn’t her favorite part of surrogacy, although she’s used to the aches and pains of carrying a child by now. “My favorite part is the delivery,” she says. “Seeing what my body is able to do is amazing.”

She also enjoys the friendships that are formed with the families she works with. Both couples send letters, thank you notes and photos of their children.

Many parents wonder if it’s hard for surrogates to give the child they carried back to its parents. But for Jasmine, it isn’t difficult at all.

“It’s not like I’m giving my baby up. It is their baby,” she says. “The doctor transferred it to me nine months ago, and now I am just giving it back.” The explanation makes sense, because gestational surrogates are not genetically related to the children they carry—although the child is genetically related to one or both of its intended parents. “It just feels like a friend’s baby,” Jasmin says.

For Jasmin, working with Newborn Advantage has been smooth and easy, and she recommends that anyone considering surrogacy should also consider working with a surrogacy agency.

“Newborn Advantage covered my medical and travel expenses, booked hotels for me, arranged rental cars, helped me with my health insurance, and handled the financial aspects, too. It was a very good experience,” she said. “If you have any questions or worries about the process, they take the time to answer your questions and ease your concerns—and there is never any pressure.”

Christina G.

Christina has three children, and is currently pregnant—but the baby she’s carrying is not her own. She has been a surrogate mother for four couples with Newborn Advantage, helping families all over the world—in Switzerland, India, New York, and now, London. Like Jasmin, she appreciates the friendships she has gained.

“Mindy does a really good job of matching personalities. That is definitely a trait she has that is second to none,” Christina said. “I have formed friendships with all four of the couples I have been paired with. In fact, with my first couple, I got more attached to the family, than to the baby I was carrying for them.”

Christina enjoys getting to know the couple she is helping, and sharing in their joy and tears throughout the process­—over the months leading up to a pregnancy, during the pregnancy itself, and even after the birth of a child.

“Turning a baby over to the parents for the first time, it is in that moment that you feel complete—happy, whole, and overjoyed for them,” she says

Giving to others comes naturally to Christina, who, in addition to being a gestational surrogate, is also a volunteer firefighter and a career EMT.

“I have three beautiful children myself, and surrogacy is a little something of me that I can give to other women who have struggled to become pregnant,” she says. “People often say, ‘I could never be a surrogate,’ or, ‘I couldn’t be firefighter or an EMT, and run into a burning building.’ Well, I can. I can do it, I choose to do it, and it completes my soul being able to give that part of me to people who can’t or are unable to.”

Olivia C.

Olivia recently completed her first-ever surrogacy experience with Newborn Advantage.

“They helped make the experience so enjoyable,” she said. “Everything was done in a timely manner. Doctor bills were always paid quickly, if I needed flights or hotels it was always done promptly, and compensation was always on time.”

Surrogacy is very personal, and communication is important throughout the journey.

“They were always checking up on me and asking how I was doing and feeling,” Cappel said. “I didn’t feel like I was just another client to them; they made me feel appreciated.” 

Surrogates Make it Possible

Newborn Advantage would not exist without surrogates—and we are very grateful to each one who works with our agency.

“I have had the privilege and honor of working with such fabulous, selfless women over the past 14 years,” said Mindy Berkson, Surrogacy Consultant at Newborn Advantage. “I am consistently impressed with their morals, values, ethics, the genuine hearts that bring them to surrogacy, and the gift they give to make others so happy.”

Where can I find a surrogate?

Considering using a surrogate mother? Contact Newborn Advantage today to work with the highest quality surrogates in the industry.  We look forward to hearing from you.

When you dream about welcoming a new baby into your family, you probably imagine joyful newborn snuggles in the beautiful nursery you spent months decorating—not stressful months waiting in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), until your baby is healthy enough to bring home. If you’re considering gestational surrogacy using in vitro fertilization (IVF), one easy way to reduce risks of premature labor, birth defects and developmental problems is to follow the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)’s recommendation of transferring only one embryo. While these risks are present with every pregnancy, they are significantly higher with multiples.

To learn more about why single embryo transfer is now the recommended approach for all patients below the age of 37, we spoke with Sinem Karipcin, MD, FACOG, Board Certified Fertility Specialist at Conceptions Florida Center for Fertility and Genetics.

“When there is a transfer of multiple embryos, the risks are increased in virtually every pregnancy complication across the board, including preterm labor, C-section delivery, pregnancy hypertension, gestational diabetes and blood clots,” Dr. Karipcin said. “When using a gestational surrogate, transferring more than one embryo at a time puts the surrogate at risk of having all these complications. But also, it increases risks for the children.”

In the United States, the preterm delivery rate in twins is 59 percent before 37 completed weeks of gestation and 11 percent before 32 completed weeks. Preterm infants may have cerebral palsy, resulting in intellectual or developmental disability, underdeveloped lungs, which can cause respiratory problems, or an underdeveloped digestive system, which can cause gastrointestinal problems.

“Fortunately, most of these children will recover from health problems associated with preterm labor, thanks to current technology—but there are certainly children who suffer as a result,” Dr. Karipcin explained. “There are financial consequences as well. Parents could end up with huge hospital bills because of NICU stays or pregnancy complications with the surrogate.”

Especially, if the embryos are tested for chromosomal balance (pre-implantation genetic testing for aneuploidy), there is no excuse for transferring more than one embryo. BEST trial, published by Eric Forman in 2013, demonstrated the superiority of single embryo transfers. The study compared the transfer of a single chromosomally balanced embryo to the transfer of two untested embryos. The ongoing pregnancy rate was the same. However, the multiple pregnancy rate was 50% in the double embryo transfer group.

“In my clinic, when the source of the egg is a woman younger than 35, the ongoing pregnancy rate is higher than 60% with single embryo transfer, with or without aneuploidy testing,” Dr. Karipcin said. “When the young moms ask about the possibility of multiples with untested embryos, I tell them expect to 50%.”

Dr. Karipcin also notes that transferring two embryos does not necessarily mean two babies. An embryo could split and make an identical twin, so intended parents could end up with triplets—or even quadruplets.

While Dr. Karipcin is a strong advocate for single embryo transfer, she acknowledges that ultimately, the decision is up to patients. When patients request a transfer that is outside the ASRM guidelines, she refers them to a maternal fetal medicine specialist, who provides additional counseling about the risks of multiples. Most patients choose single embryo transfer when they return.

“If the goal is to have a live, healthy birth, let’s not lose sight of how to get there,” Dr. Karipcin said. “There are fewer complications for all parties when it is a singleton pregnancy.”

In addition to being an exceptional clinician, Dr. Karipcin has also led a number of original studies to optimize IVF protocols at Harvard and Cornell, and conducts ongoing research in the field of pre-implantation genetic testing.

Are you interested in gestational surrogacy?

Newborn Advantage partners with industry experts like Dr. Karipcin, and fertility centers like Conceptions Florida, across the country. Contact us today to find out more about gestational surrogacy.

Connect with Conceptions Florida

Conceptions Florida specializes in vitro fertilization, genetic testing, surrogacy, egg freezing (cryopreservation), and egg and sperm donation. Learn more at www.conceptionsflorida.com

Using Two Surrogates Gives Newborns the Best Advantage

Having a baby via surrogacy is a unique, joyful and exciting experience—but it can also be expensive and stress inducing. To reduce risks, save money and achieve family goals faster, some intended parents are choosing to work with two surrogates simultaneously. Doing so decreases the risk of preterm delivery, lowers insurance costs, and increases the chances of a healthier pregnancy and healthy full term babies, allowing parents to conceive “twins” more safely.

“Safe, healthy pregnancies producing full term babies are always the goal at Newborn Advantage,” says Mindy Berkson, Founder of Newborn Advantage. “Many of our clients want to have two children, but multiple pregnancies can be dangerous and the associated risks associated can drastically increase costs. We have found that using two surrogates can be a safer and often a more cost-effective solution to help these intended parents build their families.”

Why Not Conceive Twins with Just One Surrogate?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) does not guarantee a successful pregnancy. Physicians and intended parents have historically taken extra measures to increase chances of pregnancy success and until recently, it was common for multiple embryos to be transferred at the same time to each IVF patient, to increase the chance of at least one embryo successfully implanting in the uterine lining. Because of this practice, many IVF procedures have resulted in multiple pregnancies.

Although the goal of IVF has always been to produce one healthy baby, many women who undergo the procedure give birth to twins, triplets, or even more babies, at one time. Some intended parents have even begun to seek out IVF in order to conceive twins. Many parents see having multiples as a way to consolidate the costs and challenges of pregnancy by having more babies at once. However, with multiple pregnancies come increased risks to both surrogate mothers and babies, and high financial costs for intended parents.

Because of these risks, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) no longer recommends transferring more than one embryo. Single embryo transfer is the recommended procedure, unless there is a clear medical reason to transfer two embryos.

Reducing Risks from Multiple Pregnancies

Low birth weight is one of the biggest risks of multiple pregnancy, and carries many associated health problems—including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, vision and hearing loss, and developmental issues. With a singleton pregnancy, there is a 9% risk of low birth weight, but with twins, the risk increases to 57%. The risk of premature birth with twins is 65%. Babies born prematurely can spend weeks or months in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and may experience lifelong health problems that affect their quality of life. Caring for a child with disabilities can also be expensive and emotionally challenging for parents.

The risk of carrying multiple children is high for surrogates as well. Prenatal care costs and needs are greater, and surrogates are at increased risk for complications during their pregnancy. They may also require bed rest during the pregnancy, which automatically adds costs to the overall surrogacy arrangement. Some surrogates may not be willing to carry multiple babies, and some physicians and insurance plans will not approve multiple pregnancies.

If the goal is to conceive twins, using two surrogates is safer because it reduces the chances of a premature birth and lowers health risks that can occur with multiple pregnancies. It also increases the chances of a full term birth by providing the baby with the most optimal health at birth.

Lower Insurance Costs

Using two surrogates can also reduce insurance expenses. The standard surrogacy insurance cost for families invested in having twins is $42,000. Insurance rates are lower per pregnancy when two surrogates are used simultaneously.

Faster Surrogate Match

Newborn Advantage matches surrogates to intended parents faster than most other surrogacy agencies—and single-embryo transfers get matched even more quickly, because most gestational surrogates request single-embryo transfer.

Twins with a Single-egg Donor

Many gay couples want both fathers to have a genetic connection to the family’s children. Working with two surrogates and a single-egg donor makes it possible for these couples to conceive fraternal twins who are genetically related, without the risks of a multiple pregnancy. With this procedure, there is only one egg donor, but one intended father fertilizes half of the eggs, and the other father fertilizes the second half. The resulting embryos are then transferred to two different surrogates. This allows gay couples to have two babies who are genetically related to one another through the egg donor, and who each carry the genetics of the respective fathers. Technically these babies are half-twins, because they share the DNA of only one parent. However, because they are conceived at the same time, and will be born at or around the same time, they can be thought of as “fraternal twins.” In addition to the benefits of passing down both fathers’ DNA and growing families faster, intended parents also benefit by paying for only one egg donor, and lowering surrogacy insurance and surrogacy agency costs.

Are you interested in using two surrogates to conceive twins?

At Newborn Advantage, we specialize in helping intended parents grow their families through surrogacy and we recognize that many of our clients are seeking twins through surrogacy.  Our goal is to help our clients consider all options and explore their personal levels of risk adversity in conjunction with the overall family building budget. It is the combination of many factors that help to determine best options for each individual client and situation.

Contact us today to find out more about using two surrogates to conceive twins.

Newborn Advantage Holiday Giveaway

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

Life is the most precious gift of all—and this Holiday Season, Newborn Advantage is giving one deserving couple or single person the opportunity to start a family of their own, with no charge for our surrogacy consultant services.

“It’s such a joy to see our clients achieve parenthood, but we understand that the costs of surrogacy can be difficult for many people,” says Mindy Berkson, Founder of Newborn Advantage. “We created the Newborn Advantage Holiday Giveaway in order to help someone who is struggling to conceive by giving them the opportunity to build their family, when before it may not have seemed attainable.”

Many couples and individuals try for years to conceive, but are unable to due to fertility issues that may include cancer, miscarriages, failed IVF treatments and other medical problems. Surrogacy is a way for these intended parents to bring a child into the world without undergoing pregnancy. Surrogacy can also be an ideal way for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people to build their families. Newborn Advantage specializes in gay surrogacy, and can help intended parents navigate state-specific legal requirements to make the surrogacy process easier.

“Our mission at Newborn Advantage is to help people realize their dreams of having children by providing the highest quality surrogates, and acting as an advocate on behalf of intended parents,” Berkson says. “The winner of this contest will benefit from our large pool of surrogates, and our highly selective surrogacy matching process.”

Newborn Advantage surrogates must pass physical and psychological exams in order to qualify for our highly selective program. Because of our long history and deep connections in the surrogacy industry, we are able to match intended parents with surrogates much faster than most surrogacy agencies. In most cases, we can provide a match within two weeks, compared to four to six months at other agencies. Newborn Advantage also has strong partnerships with medical, financial and legal experts, enabling us to provide assistance throughout your surrogacy journey.

Contest Details

The Newborn Advantage Holiday Giveaway begins December 1, 2018, and nominations will be accepted until December 21, 2018, when we will select a winner. The results will be announced on the Newborn Advantage website on December 22, 2018. Contest winners will receive Newborn Advantage’s consultancy services at no cost, but they will still be responsible for surrogacy fees and other costs. For full contest rules, click here.

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If you or someone you care about is struggling with infertility and is interested in surrogacy, we want to hear from you. Tell us your story using the form on this page, and you will be entered for a chance to win the Newborn Advantage Holiday Giveaway. You may nominate a family member or friend, or even yourself.

From all of us at Newborn Advantage, we wish you the happiest of Holidays. We look forward to hearing your stories and helping a special deserving family achieve their dreams of parenthood. We can’t think of a better way to start the New Year.

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There’s something special about the bond between a parent and a child. Newborn babies rely on their parents for everything—and as they grow, the bond only becomes stronger. It ensures you’ll be there to protect your baby during infanthood, and continue to be there for them even when they aren’t quite as cute. (Teenagers, anyone?) Surrogate parents often worry about bonding with their babies. However, you don’t need to carry a child, in order to care for that child.

“Surrogacy may not be a traditional path to parenthood, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bond with your baby in traditional ways,” says Mindy Berkson, Surrogacy Consultant at Newborn Advantage.

As an intended parent, you already have everything you need to bond with your baby: a desire to be a parent, the means to care for a child, and most importantly, unconditional love. At Newborn Advantage, we have seen many intended parents build loving families with happy, healthy children. Here are seven ways intended parents can establish a bond with babies born through surrogacy:

  1. Celebrate and Anticipate Your Baby’s Arrival

Simply thinking about your child can create and reinforce feelings of love and protection. If you’re having a baby shower, register for the items you might need online, and enjoy this time getting ready for your baby. Spend time decorating the nursery and baby-proofing your house.

 

  1. Talk to Your Baby

Babies love hearing the sounds of their parents’ voices. During the pregnancy, you might want to send recordings of your voice to your surrogate, to play for the baby. You can read books, sing songs, or simply talk to your baby. Even though your baby won’t understand the words, hearing your voice will help to build familiarity with you early.

  1. Sing or Play Music

Lullabies and music are classic ways to soothe and bond with babies. Sing to your baby at bedtime, or any time. (It’s OK if you don’t have an amazing voice.) You might also ask your surrogate what type of music she listened to during the pregnancy, and play the same music at home, to help ease the transition.

  1. Wear or Carry Your Baby

Babies love to be carried and held—and today, it’s easier than ever. A variety of comfortable carriers are available to ease the strain on your back and arms, while making it easy to carry your baby throughout your daily activities. Whether you are cooking, grocery shopping, going for a walk, or working, wearing your baby in an infant carrier is a great way to bond while keeping your hands free for other tasks.

 

  1. Try Skin-to-Skin Contact

It’s been proven that skin-to-skin contact is good for babies’ emotional development. While your baby is wearing a diaper, you can hold them against your chest, so they can hear and feel your heart beat.  The skin-to-skin contact will help your baby feel warm, loved, and closer to you.

  1. Make Eye Contact

Babies seek out faces, and enjoy eye contact—especially if you occasionally make a funny face or stick out your tongue. Feeding and bathing your baby are great opportunities to look at your baby, smile, and connect with them.

 

  1. Reinforce the Bond with your Partner.

Your partner was by your side as you embarked on your surrogacy journey, and they will need your support after the baby’s arrival, as much as you will need theirs. Rely on one another to arrange schedules and childcare, share household chores, and provide emotional support. It’s also a good idea to hire a sitter every now and then, so you can enjoy an evening together. Reinforcing the bond with each other is good for you both—and your baby.