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Men Having Babies Ask The Expert

We provide here a range of articles addressing major medical, legal, financial and mental health aspects of the surrogacy process. The articles are written primarily by members of the MHB Advisory Board. The Advisory Board was established in 2016, and includes leading professionals from the surrogacy field. It is a unique forum for discussing legal, medical, financial, and social issues that are relevant to surrogacy and gay parenting among knowledgable and caring professionals, parents and surrogates. This advisory board meets bi-monthly at our conferences and it is an ongoing source of significant improvements to our programs.

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Tips for Successful Surrogate Match Meeting

One of the most common causes of anxiety for intended parents at the beginning of their family building journey via surrogacy centers around the issue of finding the right surrogate match. Although there are basic, universal criteria that all surrogates must pass in order to even be considered a suitable carrier, there are additional unique characteristics of all individuals that will make a certain match better or worse suited for you. When it's time for the all important first "match meeting" there are some tried and true tips that help intended parents determine if it's the right match, while at the same time setting the stage for an emotionally healthy, respectful journey ahead.

Categories: Psychological Process
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The COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy: What you and your Gestational Carrier should know

With the growing availability of COVID-19 vaccines, prospective surrogacy parents and the gestational carriers who help them should be informed of the associated health implications of vaccinating pregnant women. This article presents the prevailing recommendation that pregnant women should get vaccinated when eligible, based on existing scientific knowledge about the associated risks of vaccinating women in the various stages of pregnancy, and the risks of not vaccinating.

Categories: Medical
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Seven key questions to ask before selecting your fertility doctor

The question I get asked most by people looking to start their family-building journey is exactly that… Where do I start? The place to start is the interview process. Finding the right fertility doctor for your journey starts with asking really good questions. You can’t go on this journey alone, and you’ll need a team of people including a surrogate, lawyer, egg donor and a fertility doctor. Finding the right people to fill those roles is important.

Categories: Medical
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What does a PBO (pre-birth / post-birth order) ensure and why is it necessary?

A pre-birth or post-birth order is crucial in gestational surrogacy. It establishes the Intended Parents (IPs) as the legal parents of the baby, ensures that their names are on the baby’s birth certificate, and that the rights and obligations to the baby of the gestational surrogate are terminated. While the most important aspect of a surrogacy journey is the health of the fetus and the surrogate, the next most important issue is the legal process to obtain the PBO.

Categories: Legal
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Covid-19 and Surrogacy: Latest Medical Update

What steps do fertility centers currently take to safeguard staff and patients, including egg donors and surrogates? What do we know about the risks of COVID-19 infection to pregnant women and fetuses? What should we be monitoring as the pandemic unfolds? The goals of this article is to offer guidance and support to intended surrogacy parents based on existing scientific knowledge. 

Categories: Medical
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What are the requirements to become a surrogate?

There are legal, medical, financial and social considerations involved in finding the right woman to be your surrogate. But finding that special superhero woman to help you have your dream family can be a roller coaster in and of itself. Reputable surrogacy agencies have protocols and guidelines they follow to be able to do just this. Is there really anything more exciting than finally finding the right woman to be your surrogate? Well, yes, actually there is! Holding your baby or babies (in the case of a twin surrogate pregnancy) for the first time at the hospital with your family and your surrogate and her family is truly such a beautiful, miraculous moment. 

Categories: Legal Medical Psychological
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Why are Two Attorneys Necessary for Legal Matters in Surrogacy?

It is important for people in surrogacy arrangements, whether they are intended parents (IPs) or surrogates, to have their own independent legal counsel. This practice is widely accepted in the Unites State, it is advocated by prominent surrogacy and community organizations such as ASRM and MHB, and even mandated by law in some places. What is the reasoning behind this requirement?

Categories: Legal
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Financing – How to prepare for unexpected financial challenges

There are many factors to consider when assessing your financial health before a surrogacy journey. As expenses can easily arise during the process that you are not expecting, being prepared with alternate plans and sources of funds can prevent your journey from derailing. It is recommended that you take an active role in identifying areas of possible cost overruns, and have additional 10%-15% available financing available.

Categories: Financial
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