Monthly Archives: October 2014

Keeping it Sacred for our Intended Moms

Published October 24, 2014

Canadian EggHelpers creates a sacred space for it’s clients

EggHelpers staff have been working with Sacred Pregnancy, learning everything we can, to support our Surrogates, and Intended parents in the most sacred and beautiful way possible, as they move through the process of Sharing this most intimate, and amazing process together.

Recently, Angie Campeau our Surrogacy Support worker, and Leia Swanberg, our CEO, built a series of programs to support Intended Moms, who currently have Surrogates in place, as well as for our clients who are pregnant after years of Infertility.

The first program we are offering is a Blessingway, a Celebration for our Mammas to be. This will be a free event, offering mentorship, connection, support and encouragement within this women’s circle.

This first event is designed to introduce our clients to the Sacred Pregnancy way. This will be a four hour event, to include an array of opportunities to connect with each other, and themselves as they learn to release fears they may have about pregnancy, birth, and motherhood, while they are wrapped in a beautiful sisterhood.

EggHelpers will be developing/offering new programs in 2015, to support all of our clients. The topics to include are:

*Grief and Loss, How to find joy in the journey
*How to celebrate, even in the first trimester
*How to connect with your Surrogate pregnancy
*Pregnancy through Egg Donation
*As a Surrogate, how do I create a Sacred space during Labour/Delivery
*As a Surrogate, how do I connect with a pregnancy that isn’t mine

Online Resources
www.sacredpregnancy.com
http://www.bellybelly.com.au/pregnancy/blessingway-what-is-a-blessingway

For further information on EggHelpers, The Sacred Pregnancy Movement, OR to learn more about Surrogacy, Egg Donation, or pregnancy after Infertility, please contact us at info@fertilityconsultants, OR by calling our office at 613 439 8701

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Who we are- Canadian Fertility Consultants

Published October 16, 2014

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Canadian Fertility Consultants Video shoot

Click here to check out our video! Check out CFC’s Latest Video

This Summer CFC spent some time putting together some promotional videos, in order to share Who we are with others.

It was most certainly a Labour of Love. Canadian Fertility Consultants, and our staff want to ensure that all parties feel encouraged, supported, and protected both Legally, and of course emotionally.

We hope that you enjoy our videos, and share with them with those in your life who may not understand the process, or blessing that Family Building with Love is all about.

Thank you for watching, and if you are getting ready to take the first step, please email us at info@fertilityconsultants.ca OR by phone at 613 439 8701

Leia Picard



Who we are

Published October 16, 2014

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Canadian Fertility Consultants Video shoot

Click here to check out our video! Check out CFC’s Latest Video

This Summer CFC spent some time putting together some promotional videos, in order to share Who we are with others.

It was most certainly a Labour of Love. Canadian Fertility Consultants, and our staff want to ensure that all parties feel encouraged, supported, and protected both Legally, and of course emotionally.

We hope that you enjoy our videos, and share with them with those in your life who may not understand the process, or blessing that Family Building with Love is all about.

Thank you for watching, and if you are getting ready to take the first step, please email us at info@fertilityconsultants.ca OR by phone at 613 439 8701

Leia Picard



"How to choose an Egg Donor"

Published October 15, 2014

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Choosing the Right Egg Donor

Choosing the right Egg Donor to partner with to build your family is such a huge decision, and at Egg Helpers, we want to help you select the best donor possible.

There are many considerations to take into account when reviewing donor profiles, and making your selection. At Egg Helpers, we strive to make the process a simple one, by providing accurate, and update information on all aspects of the journey, from finding the clinic with the highest success rates, to selecting the best donor for you.

Should I Choose a Known, or Anonymous Donor?- This is a very personal decision, and we honour and respect whatever you decide. We can provide reading materials, studies, and even referrals to clients of Egg Helpers who have either gone the known or anonymous route. At Egg Helpers, you can choose to partner with a



A New Chapter Begins

Published October 10, 2014

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As I sit here in EggHelpers Head office, at a desk that is fairly empty, it’s becoming clear to me that the day is finally here. It Moving Day!!!

Over the past year, I have been planning this move, planning our expansion to BC, in order to better serve our clients on the West Coast. It was a difficult decision, as over the past five years EggHelpres has grown roots in Ontario, this is where we grew!

Our new office is located on Vancouver Island, in beautiful Parksville. Scott, and I are so excited to be moving home, and to be welcoming Sarrie to the CFC, and EggHelpers team. Sarrie will be our West Coast Egg Donor and Surrogacy program assistant, and will be available to answer all of your questions regarding the Surrogacy and Egg Donor process, whether you are an Intended parent, Surrogate, or Egg Donor.

Scott and I are very excited to again call BC home, and look forward to developing new relationships with clinics out west. Currently 40% of our Surrogates live out West, and with that being said, 80% of our clients are using Fertility clinics in the US, or Ontario. We are hopeful that with this move, we will be able to open new doors for our clients, so that a more local option is available to them.

If you are a BC Surrogate, or Intended parent, past or present, we’d love to connect with you again, or have a coffee for the first time to share our programs, and services, OR just to catch up.

For more information on Canadian Fertility Consulting, please contact us by email at info@fertilityconsultants.ca OR by calling our offices at 613 439 8701. Your call will then be transferred to our BC office.

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How to Choose an OB for Surrogacy- Canadian Fertility Consultants

Published October 08, 2014

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Canadian Fertility Consultants provides the most current information on all things Surrogacy

How can I find an Obstetrician to care for me during my Surrogate Pregnancy?

At CFC we are often asked who’s the best OB in my area, or Do you know if Dr xxxx is Surrogate friendly?

Once our Surrogates are pregnant, we often suggest asking their Fertility Dr. to help then find an Obstetrician in their area, who has experience working with Surrogates. Often, Gestational carriers have OB’s that they have worked with in the past who would be another great option for a care provider.

While most babies born in Canada are delivered by obstetricians, Surrogates do have other options, including Midwives, and family physicians. We always suggest that this is conversation that Intended parents and Surrogates have prior to entering into a Surrogacy agreement, to ensure that their is no misunderstanding.

What criteria should I use to choose my obstetrician?

Only you can decide which are the most important considerations for you. Keep in mind that you may be able to narrow your list of choices somewhat with a simple phone call. Here are some other things to consider:



How to Choose an OB for Surrogacy- EggHelpers

Published October 08, 2014

Canadian EggHelpers provides the most current information on all things Surrogacy

How can I find an Obstetrician to care for me during my Surrogate Pregnancy?

At EggHelpers we are often asked who’s the best OB in my area, or Do you know if Dr xxxx is Surrogate friendly?

Once our Surrogates are pregnant, we often suggest asking their Fertility Dr. to help then find an Obstetrician in their area, who has experience working with Surrogates. Often, Gestational carriers have OB’s that they have worked with in the past who would be another great option for a care provider.

While most babies born in Canada are delivered by obstetricians, Surrogates do have other options, including Midwives, and family physicians. We always suggest that this is conversation that Intended parents and Surrogates have prior to entering into a Surrogacy agreement, to ensure that their is no misunderstanding.

What criteria should I use to choose my obstetrician?

Only you can decide which are the most important considerations for you. Keep in mind that you may be able to narrow your list of choices somewhat with a simple phone call. Here are some other things to consider:



Canadian Fertility Consultants- Guest Blogger Heather

Published October 08, 2014

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Heather is a CFC Surrogate who will be Blogging about her Surrogacy Journey. Follow along as Heather shares the Highs, and Lows of her Surrogacy journey!

OK so, I’m a terrible blogger (what else is new) but in my defense… It’s been a bit of a wanting game. Have I mentioned I’m not well known for my patience?! It’s true I swear. But some things are worth waiting for and this journey is going to be incredible. So I passed my screening (yay!) And got through all the legal paperwork with my lawyers and the future fathers (intended parents). The clinic sent me my meds (hormones to prepare my body for this pregnancy) and now… Drumroll.. I’m waiting. Actually, everyone is waiting. For me. I finished a round of birth control pills and now I anxiously await the first day of my cycle. Hopefully it comes soon so we can get this show on the road. Any tips to make it show up? Plan a hot date? Wear some white pants? Haha essentially all I can do is wait. Hope to have some more updates soon!

-Heather

For further information, please contact Our Canadian Fertility Consultants office, either in BC, or Ontario by calling 613 439 8701, OR by email at info@fertilityconsultants.ca. We are currently booking free consultations for those interested in learning more about our programs, and services.



A journey ends, a new chapter begins Canadian Fertility Consultants

Published October 07, 2014

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After every Birth I have the pleasure of attending, I want to write about, however am often unsure of how to write about it, in a way that will honour those sacred months, weeks, days, or even moments that lead up to that pivotal moment where maiden becomes mother, and Surrogate is able to complete what started out as a beautiful gesture, and ended as the blessing of a family- completed, and built with Love.

In all Surrogacy journeys there are ups and downs, highs, and lows, however like the birth of our own children, once they are born, all is lost in those precious moments, cries of baby, and tears of joy.

Last night I had the pleasure of attending one of our Surrogate’s births.

Mandi was a week overdue, and of course everyone was on pins and needles waiting for this little one to make her appearance. Yesterday Mandi had another stretch and sweep, an NST, a Baby planning session, and a Biophysical. As the saying goes, make your plans, while God laughs. Well laugh he did!

By 600 pm I was on the phone with a less than comfortable Mandi, who wanted to chat, but wasn’t ready to go anywhere yet. We had our usual pj’s or stay dressed conversation, as we had had many nights in the past week, however this time was different.

By 830 we were on our way to the Hospital to check things out. As we drove, I called the Intended parents to tell them it was time to come, they would likely be meeting their daughter very soon. They were coming from Toronto, and so there was always the risk that they wouldn’t make it, but Mandi was amazing!!! When she was checked things were definitely moving in the right direction- It was go time.

I remember looking at this Surrogate, friend, Sister, and thinking WOW, She’s got this. The Birth was natural, and silent, aside from the panting, soft breathing, and pushing……..this went on for what seemed like hours.
Mom and Dad arrived in time, Mom got ready, into her shirt that Baby would slip nicely under, and it was time.

Mandi started pushing with all her might, as Mom and Dad looked on. Finally sweet baby A made her appearance, quietly, and beautifully in a dimly lit room with all who loved her.

It was a beautiful moment, one that I will cherish for many years to come.

Mandi, you did it!! With the strength of your Surrosisters that have come before you, you did it, and you were amazing!!!!!

For more information on Surrogacy, and our amazing Sisterhood, please email us at info@fertilityconsultants.ca OR call us at 613 439 8701

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