Monthly Archives: November 2013

Infertility Terms

Published November 30, 2013

I found the below article at http://americanpregnancy.org/infertility/termstoknow.html

The below is a great explanation of the Infertility Terms that you’ll want to know, as you begin working with your Fertility clinic.

Adverse outcome: A pregnancy that does not result in a live birth including miscarriage, induced terminations, and stillbirths.

ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology): Any procedure where eggs are surgically removed from a woman



Canadian Fertility Consultants Surrogacy consultations

Published November 30, 2013

consultation Intended parents and Surrogates receiving consultation on Surrogacy in Canada

Canadian Fertility Consultants often have clients ask many questions during the initial consultation process. I wanted to post some of those questions, so that as you read below, it may answer your questions, or help you generate questions to ask during your questions.

About CFCs Surrogacy Program

When was your company established?

CFC has been in operation for seven years

How much experience do you have with surrogate parenting?

We have helped 100’s of clients both in Canada, and abroad, build their families through Surrogacy, and/or egg donation

Do you have an office or work from home?

We have a fully staffed office, including a full time French program manager

Can you refer us for other services?

We will refer you to the professionals that will become a part of your team, including lawyer, fertility clinic, as well as counselors to assess all parties

Has a surrogate mother ever changed her mind about relinquishment? If so, for what reason?

In Canada, there has never been a case in which a Surrogate has changed her mind. This is both good/bad news. The good news is that Canadian mental health professionals, and clinics are doing a good job screening potential carriers. The bad news is that this type of case has never gone to court, and so there is no case law outlining what would happen if a Surrogate did change her mind. We rely on the lawyers we work with to provide clients with sound advice regarding the Legal process.

If we have a question or problem, is someone available to us at all times?

Yes, we have three full time staff, as well as a part time staff member who are available to help you with any questions that you may have. Also from 38 weeks on, I am available 24/7 to help coordinate with the hospital, and lawyer when your surrogate goes into labour.

Is there now a waiting list?

No, currently CFC is the only full service consulting firm in Ontario without a waiting list to get started

Can you provide references?

Absolutely, we are happy to introduce you to other clients- Intended parents, surrogates, or industry professionals who will be able to share their experiences with CFC

Is a brochure and cost sheet available?

Yes, we can send you a cost breakdown, as well as a list of our programs/services


About the Process

How do you find prospective parents and surrogates?

We rely on word of mouth, social media, as well as referrals from Fertility clinics

Do you require ( as reputable programs do) that the surrogate have had at least one child?

Yes, all Gestational carriers in our program have to have had at least one full term pregnancy, in order to be accepted into our program

For the protection of all parties, do you see to it that everyone receives medical screening (including full disease testing) psychological counseling and legal representation ahead of any procedures?

Absolutely, all parties are medically, and psychologically screened, as well as have a legal agreement in place prior to any protocol being set by the Fertility clinic.

Who decides what tests and/or treatments the surrogate should receive before or during pregnancy?

During the negotiation of the legal agreement, the details of monitoring, and testing will be clearly laid out in the contract.

Can we get re-matched without any additional costs?

Absolutely, our fees are not tied to matching services, rather the coordination of services, once you have decided to move forward with a surrogate that we have introduced you to

These are just a few of the questions that come up during our initial consultation. We would be happy to answer any further questions that you may have. To book a consultation, please contact our office at 613 439 8701 or email us at info@fertilityconsultants.ca





Steps to building a Successful Surrogacy

Published November 27, 2013

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Many clients ask CFC, What the first steps are to building their family through Surrogacy. Here is a list of Next Steps, as you begin to research Surrogacy, as a viable family building option.

  1. Find the Professional team to work with, to help you along the way- Including the Fertility clinic, Lawyers, and Surrogate agency, if you decide to go that route.
  2. Check the surrogacy laws in the area in which you live, and then determine where would best suit, for your surrogate to be located.
  3. Do not work with an agency that does not respect Canadian laws-Including introduction of Surrogates free of charge, as well as no upfront fees.
  4. When looking at Surrogate profiles, pay attention to the surrogate’s support system and spouse. It is important to make sure they will be truly supportive, and understand what is expected of the surrogate, so she isn’t on her own.
  5. Talk to your Surrogate, or her agency, to find out how the potential Surrogate feels about selective reduction/termination, and other items that may be deal breakers.
  6. If possible, meet and spend time with your surrogate, ahead of time, so you are able to make the best decision moving forward with a match.
  7. When you do start communicating with a Surrogate, be open, share your feelings and expectations of the relationship you are building
  8. Find your supports- whether its friends, family, a counselor, or your spouse- lean on those who can be there for you during this journey

Most importantly, going into this with an open heart, and willingness to connect with the wonderful woman who will forever change your life, while her life is also changed through this amazing gift!

For more information on the Surrogacy process, please contact us by emailing at info@fertilityconsultants.ca or by calling our office to set up a free consultation, at 613 439 8701



Canadian Fertility Consultants answers the Question- How much contact will I have with my Surrogate

Published November 19, 2013

How How much contact will I have with the surrogate mother

When a match is made, the level of interaction between the Surrogate and Intended Parents is a personal preference between the Intended parents, and surrogate.

Everyone will need to decide how much interaction they are comfortable with, and also consider how much interaction the other parties to the surrogacy expect. Our Program Director, Leia Picard will discuss your expectations regarding contact before you are matched with a Surrogate in our program. This contact will not only be during a pregnancy, but will also be post birth, after babies are here.

CFC prides itself on making the most suited match possible for all parties. Some Intended Parents like high levels of interaction; i.e., regular updates via e-mail and/or phone, and the expectation to attend as many of the medical appointments as possible. It is highly important to some Intended Parents to be



Canadian Fertility Consultants shares Thank you notes

Published November 17, 2013

baby baby after egg donation, surrogate mother

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A Good Read for Surrogates, and Intended parents

Published November 14, 2013

A Good Read

Surrogate_Intended Books for Surrogates, Intended parents

When Surrogates and Intended parents ask CFC for book recommendations, we often offer a list of books that we strongly recommend, whether for Surrogate, Intended parent, or for your children, families, and others.

These titles are all available on www.amazon.com or often can be found at Chapters.

Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions and Building Strong Families
By Diane Ehrensaft

A tiny itsy bitsy gift of life, an egg donor story
By Carmen Martinez Jover

When Nature’s Not Enough: Personal Journeys through In Vitro Fertilization
By Diana M. Olick

Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Overcome Infertility
By Angela C. Wu L.AC. O.M.D., Katherine Anttila, Betsy Brown

Eating for Pregnancy: An Essential Guide to Nutrition with Recipes for the Whole Family
By Catherine Jones

Pre- And Post-Natal Fitness: A Guide for Fitness Professionals from the American Council on Exercise
By Lenita Anthony

The Kangaroo Pouch: A Story About Gestational Surrogacy For Young Children (Paperback)by Sarah Phillips Pellet (Author), Laurie A. Faust (Illustrator)

Hope & Will Have a Baby: The Gift of Surrogacy (Paperback) by Irene Celcer (Author), Horacio Gatto (Illustrator)

We also love to have recommendations of books that our Surrogates, and Intended parents are reading, so please let us know if you are reading anything that you’d recommend. CFC also has a great book/video lending library, so please connect with us, if you are interested in borrowing any of our books/videos.



Canadian Fertility Consultants - Egg Donation, How will I know??

Published November 12, 2013

Egg Egg donation in Canada is a viable option for Canadians struggling with infertility

Canadian Fertility Consultants – As many of our clients know, I have been an egg donor several times, and am often asked by clients, friends, colleagues, How will I know who these children become, What if they become sick, and need bone marrow, blood transfusions, or other treatment best provided from a genetic family member?

For every egg donor who is open about the fact that they were an egg donor, I am sure the answer is different- as we all process things differently, and depending on the situation, we as donors may have known, semi known, or anonymous donations.

In becoming a donor, I did a lot of research, wanting to ensure that I had answered all of the what if’s, not only for myself, but for my children also. I have always been open with my kids about my egg donations, and wanted to be able to answer their what if’s as well.

In my research, I came across an amazing site, https://www.donorsiblingregistry.com/. This site is essentially a database where a donor, or a parent of donor conceived child can anonymously connect. As a donor I decided that I would register on this site, and also would put in the legal agreement I have with intended parents of anonymous cycles, this information, in case they too would later want answers to their, or their children’s what ifs.

As a donor, three of my donations were known, and three anonymous. I am still somewhat in contact with the intended parents of the known ones, however for the anonymous donations, of the three, one intended parent has contacted me through the site https://www.donorsiblingregistry.com/. It was important for Mom to meet me, as her daughter was growing up, and she was starting to have questions. It was great to meet her, and her daughter- who looked just like my girls. I was so pleased to know that Mom felt comfortable asking me questions, and that I knew if my kids also had these questions, I would be able to connect back with her to ask, along with the other families I had helped through my donations.

Having been a donor was such an indescribable, amazing experience. Knowing that I was able to prove to the world that I truly have the most amazing kids, and, sharing that gift with others was my way to prove it!!!

For further information on egg donation in Canada please email info@fertilityconsultants.ca or call our office 613 439 8701



Canadian Fertility Consultants answers the question, What should we pack for the BIG DAY

Published November 06, 2013

Canadian Fertility Consultants -Packing Tips for the BIG DAY!

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Canadian Fertility Consultants – With your surrogate



Canadian Fertility Consultants- Surrogacy in Canada for International Intended parents

Published November 02, 2013

surrogacy

Canadian fertility Consultants welcome couples from all over the world, to pursue surrogacy in Canada. International couples make up approximately 20% of Canadian Fertility Consultants program. We currently have services available in English, French, and Spanish. Sylvie is our newest team member, and is fluently bilingual, and working with our french clients exclusively.

Canadian fertility Consultants has been assisting people realize their dream of parenthood since 2005. Currently, there is no other agency in Canada that has a full time French program manager, as well as a P/T Spanish translator. Over the past five years Canadian Fertility Consultants has worked with clients from France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Italy, and Australia. We have also helped clients ship their frozen embryos to Canada from these nations- which unfortunately isn’t a service available to those seeking Surrogacy services in the United States, due to regulations regarding shipping embryos into the US.

Canada has one of the greatest Social Health Care systems in the world, and it’s for that reason that Canadian Surrogacy has become so popular to those abroad. The fertility clinics that we refer clients to, in Canada, also have French services available, as well as other languages. Canada’s multicultural clinics offer services in many languages.

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Please visit our website www.fertilityconsultants.fr to access our French site, or send us an email to book an initial free consultation- info@fertilityconsultants.ca