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Moving Towards Intended Parent Leave

Our families come in all different shapes and sizes. Our LGBT families know better than anyone that gender can have very little to do with who provides nurturing and care-taking of a new child. Gender certainly doesn’t dictate how much we want children, how much we love our children, and certainly doesn’t make a difference in how much time we want to spend with them. Bringing us to the new topic of Intended Parent Leave.
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5 Things You Need To Know To Be An Eligible Egg Donor

So, you’ve taken that first step and made the big decision to become an egg donor! This is an amazing, life-changing decision for you and the very lucky Intend Parent(s) you will be helping, so congratulations and thank you for helping these deserving families have a child! Before you take that next step of selecting an agency and completing your application, there are a few things you’ll need to know. These helpful tips are important for you to know before you commit so that you can go into the process with the knowledge of the process and a realistic view of what to expect.
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Men Having Babies Conference Updates 2015

Hello there Families Looking to Grow!

We couldn’t feel luckier to be in the family growing business! It’s pretty amazing to take part in this miraculous journey!

As a surrogacy and egg donation agency we know how many moving parts there are to this process. Due to the sometimes complicated nature of this journey we really appreciate organizations out there that offer support in organizing all this information!
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FSC Partner Spotlight July 2015

Fertility SOURCE Companies would like to honor our partnership with CCRM Orange County this July!

CCRM Orange County – Newport Beach, CA

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CCRM Orange County was created in partnership between Dr. William Schoolcraft, founder of Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (“CCRM”); Dr. Mark Kan of Newport Fertility Center; and Dr. Sharon Moayeri of OC Fertility. The CCRM Orange County facility is comprised of a full ambulatory surgical center, world class In Vitro Fertilization laboratory, and additional clinical space. Their team of embryologists and staff have decades of experience and were hand selected for their expertise. The state-of-the-art facility utilizes equipment and technology to ensure the highest IVF success. Their goal is to provide patients with more integrated and comprehensive infertility treatment experience.
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Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

So much has already been said about the recent Supreme Court Ruling, so I will simply say….

Congratulations – We are one step closer to true equality.

Now bask in the glory of it all. Enjoy the calm after a long fight and reinvigorate yourselves for the next steps that are surely to come. We are celebrating with you.

Fertility SOURCE Companies LGBT Blog Maintained by Assistant LGBT Coordinator Skye Bigari
Email him at: Skye@fscagency.com (he, him, his)

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#LoveWins with Marriage Equality for All

June 26, 2015 – The Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Marriage equality is deemed a constitutional right.

In a Time Magazine interview with Gabriel Blau, executive director of the Family Equality Council, we think he said it best with, “Around the country there are millions of Americans in families with LGBTQ parents. Before the decision, in 13 states, LGBTQ parents still could not get married. Today every couple has the opportunity to choose to get married if they want and to protect their children in a way that marriage can. One of the greatest things about this decision is that it provides a great deal of dignity to our families. Over and over we hear from children of LGBTQ parents of the lack of dignity and respect they often receive from people who treat their families as not real families because their parents aren’t married. Today that ends in this country once and for all.”

(Via http://time.com/3937543/gay-marriage-decision-lgbtq-families/)
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I Applied to be a Surrogate Mother…and was Rejected?!

We often hear about the high demand for gestational surrogates, so when a woman makes that decision to put herself out there and be that person, she opens herself up and exposes herself to vulnerability. No one submits an application of any sorts hoping to be denied, you go into it with a sense of confidence and excitement and the anticipation of good news and proceeding forward.

But the unfortunate reality is that may not always be the case.
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Parent’s Day: July 26

In the post-Mother’s Day and pre-Father’s Day hubbub, I’d like to give a little love to all of the parents out there. Raising kids isn’t easy…And every parent deserves more celebration than they could possibly get. For every dirty diaper cleaner, scraped knee kisser, nightmare fixer – We salute you.

(as Nextfamily recently shared, the last Sunday in July is now officially “Parent’s Day.” Read about it HERE.)

Fertility SOURCE Companies LGBT Blog Maintained by Assistant LGBT Coordinator Skye Bigari
Email him at: Skye@fscagency.com (he, him, his)

Caption: Photo in Featured Image from Alexandra Temblador’s blog at thenextfamily.com

 

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Surrogacy Match Meeting: How to Prepare

You have searched countless databases and read through numerous profiles hoping to find the one surrogate you connect with. The search is over and it is time to set up the match meeting. How do you prepare for that? Hopefully this will help you do just that.

The first thing I suggest is to read through her profile again but this time have a note pad with you. Jot down any questions that pop in your mind as you are reading. Even if you think they are silly, write it down anyway. Look for things that you both have in common to share with her, this will help calm everyone’s nerves and give something to talk about other than the “technical” things. You and your surrogate will have an opportunity to share a bit about your personal history at the start of the meeting and having something fun to share will ease tension and make the other topics a bit easier to discuss.
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