Monthly Archives: August 2013

Canadian surrogate - Question from an Intended Mom: What is induced Lactation?

Published August 13, 2013

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Canadian Surrogate – Many intended Moms that CFC works with ask how, and if they can Breastfeed their baby, upon birth. We are so excited to be asked this question, as we are HUGE supporters of Induced lactation, and the bonding that it creates between Mother, and Babe.

Induced lactation is the production of milk in female mammary glands, and occurs naturally during pregnancy and post-pregnancy breastfeeding. Women may want to induce lactation if they are planning on adopting a baby or becoming a mother through Gestational Surrogacy. Lactation is governed by pituitary hormones (as opposed to ovarian hormones) and, therefore, any woman can stimulate lactation, regardless of her obstetric or gynecological history.

We suggest that Moms find resources in their community if they live in a major city, however if they live in a smaller, rural community we are happy to refer them to Breastfeeding resources that will be able to provide support from afar.

Most intended Moms will often begin this research when their Surrogate goes into her second trimester, in order to give her adequate time to develop a milk supply.

Here are some links to great resources that we suggest to Intended Moms,

http://www.inducedlactation.org/

http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/

http://www.lllc.ca/

If you are an Intended Mom, and have had experience with Induced lactation, we’d love to hear from you, as your experience will be so valuable to others considering breastfeeding as an option.



Fertility Treatments Canada - How to choose a Fertility Clinic/Reproductive Endocrinologist

Published August 11, 2013

How to Choose A Reproductive Endocrinologist/Fertility Clinic

Fertility Treatments Canada – many of our clients come to CFC, asking for a referral to fertility clinic, as they haven’t been able to find a clinic that suits their specific fertility needs. Over the past five years, there is one thing we have realized- All Fertility is created differently. Whether it is PCOS, male factor, or a recent cancer diagnosis. Our goal is to help you find a clinic, and Dr that has extensive experience in treating the infertility issues that you are facing.

The following information is provided to help you select a reproductive specialist.

Factors to Consider

The following are some important factors to consider when searching for your fertility doctor or service:

? Success/pregnancy rates

? Qualifications and experience of personnel

? Types of patients being treated

? Support services available

? Cost

? Convenience

? Recommendations & Reputation

Success Rates

To further your research, the success rates of reproductive clinics are available at the following links:

? Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

? Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)

It is important to note that these numbers are two to three years old and can sometimes be reported differently by different centers, so these figures should not be the only factor that you consider.

Sample Questions

The following are sample questions that may help you make an informed decision:

General Questions:

? What procedures do you offer?

? How much experience do you have in these procedures and what are your success rates?

? What are your criteria for seeing patients (e.g. waiting list, age limits, single vs. married, etc.)?

? What screening tests are required?

? What is the time commitment?

? Does the program meet and follow ASRM guidelines?

? Does the program report its results to the SART Registry and the CDC?

? Is the program a member of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology?

? How many physicians will be involved in my care?

? Are your physicians board certified in reproductive endocrinology and in good medical standing?

? What types of counseling and support services are available?

? Do you have an outline of the costs of the tests and procedures I may need?

? What are your available payment options?

? Is staff accessible to answer questions about treatment, forms, or payment?

? Do you accept insurance?

? What are the on-going storage costs of tissues (sperm, eggs, etc.)?

Surrogacy Specific Questions:

? What are your requirements/screening regarding surrogates? ie, Number of pregnancies, number of c-sections, BMI, etc.

? Are you open to using a protocol that an experienced surrogate has previously used (at another clinic), do you require medical records from pervious deliveries? If so, at what point?

? Do you require surrogate (experienced) to travel to you for screening?

? Will you accept previous psych assessments?