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Sharon LaMothe
Seattle, WA
Assisted Reproductive Business Consultant, Surrogacy Guide & Third Party Family Building Educator & Advisor. Speaker & Insightful Listener
Interests: music, travel, life coaching, movies, reading, computers, family, business consulting, heath, Surrogacy Issues,
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You can hire an agency to help you but know that it’s not usual for you to find a match in a week or even a month. These things take time and patience. Surrogacy is not for the faint hearted but for those who persevere. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Surrogacy 101
Until the DNA test came back and the baby was actually the Traditional Surrogate’s and her husband’s baby girl. How did this happen? Apparently, the surrogate and her husband had intercourse instead of abstaining when she should have. Needless to say, the gay couple had to give the baby back. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Surrogacy 101
Family members as surrogates: It’s so nice when you are struggling to find someone to carry your baby for you, a person from your friends or family list steps up and volunteers to help you build your family in the most intimate of ways. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
Here is a great website to learn about each states surrogacy laws from Family Connections GESTATIONAL SURROGACY LAW ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
FertiCalm provides a variety of more than 500 custom coping options for over 50 specific situations which have the potential to cause distress throughout the family building journey located right on your phone. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
No fertility clinic that I know will guarantee a pregnancy on the first attempt of IVF (or on the 4th attempt for that matter) Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
First, remember all surrogacy contracts state that the Intended Parents are responsible for all medical bills in relation to the surrogacy arrangement. Most, if not all, medical bills are in the name of the surrogate so as she receives these bills she is expected to arrange payment. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
I have started the #SurrogacyMyth which is a way to not only dispel current myth’s about the surrogacy process but a discussion starter for those who need or want more information. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
I suggest that you talk with your OBGYN and ask what would be done in such a case. Ask how long would a pregnant woman be able to sustain an unborn life on IV fluids. Talk to your partner and about what this would look like to the children and what closure would mean for your family. This is not a decision to make lightly. Research will give you the answers you are looking for. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
Too many Intended Parents, desperate as most are when they reach the decision to move ahead with a surrogacy situation, IGNORE crucial facts and gut feelings that are staring them in the face. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
WIN!! I have 2 books 'Surrogacy Helps Make a Family Grow!' by Sharon LaMothe for surrogate mothers to share with their children or for Intended Parents to give to their surrogate for her own child! Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
Before you sign anything, PLEASE make it clear what YOUR expectations are. If you have a surrogacy agency, PLEASE have a conversation with them on where you stand on your base fees, benefits, selective reduction, abortion and everything that is near and dear to your heart. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
It is imperative that everyone be completely honest about their needs and desires. As Sharon stated in her post regarding selective reduction Surrogacy, one never knows what is going to happen and you truly need to feel comfortable with and be able to live with whatever may arise. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
Please make sure that you have enough money in your account to cover all the costs, potential or otherwise. Please remember that at all times this pregnancy is YOURS and not your surrogates'. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
First, no matter how much money we are talking about, all funds pertaining to the surrogacy should be deposited into an escrow account. This escrow agent would be responsible for cutting the checks directly to the surrogate for the start of medication fee, transfer fees and any monthly fees. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
The best way to protect yourself from continual frustration is not to have any time expectations. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
Although Surrogacy has made itself well known or, dare I say it, popular, still I believe that the general population wonder what motivates women to become surrogate mothers or gestational carriers. It is understood that infertile couples or singles will explore all their options, surrogacy included, but why in the world would a perfectly healthy woman want to go through a pregnancy, labor and delivery for mere strangers? (which happens in a majority of the cases.) The first conclusion usually is money. I would like to dispel that myth right away. A first time carrier with her own health insurance may be entitled to compensation/reimbursements between $25,000 and $30,000. What is this money used for? Its illegal to 'sell' a baby, or your body for that matter, so why is money involved at all? This compensation is to be used while the surrogate is pregnant with a child to support her throughout the pregnancy. She can use it for anything she likes but it is earmarked for food, insurance, local transportation, and general living expenses. Other 'benefits' listed in a contract may be clothing, child care, out of state travel, house keeping and invasive procedures. Often it takes months before a surrogate becomes pregnant and even then it may take 2 or 3 IVF treatments. Any compensation is minimal. She quickly finds that she could make more money working at a fast food restaurant for minimum wage! Perhaps attention is the motivator? Some women enjoy being the center of attention while pregnant and as a surrogate, attention is a huge part of the journey! Not only is her own family focused on her but her IP's and their family are all in the picture...waiting for the big day to arrive. It is a heady feeling and maybe one of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
How can LaMothe Services help you and your business thrive? Small and large Assisted Reproductive Technology businesses alike understand how outsourcing can help transform their public relations, customer service, networking and marketing processes. LaMothe Services will expose your company to new business practices that can prove to be more profitable for your business and gain access to state-of-the-art technology at substantially lower costs. Our industry experience, broad capabilities and deep alliances mean we can help you maximize these opportunities. Let us help you find your purpose in the Third Party Family Building arena! LaMothe Services will provide you with the resources to optimize every opportunity. LaMothe Services also provides Coaching, Mentorship, Training, Seminars, Staff Education, and Public Speaking events in the area of Third Party Reproduction, namely Surrogacy and Egg Donation. Our background and expertise will provide your staff with the development and training resources and the results are that your employees will be more motivated, focused, organized and realize results! At LaMothe Services our highest priority is satisfied customers. We are proud to serve you and work hard to earn your business. Call 727-458-8333 to schedule your free personal 40 minute consultation. There's no obligation, only opportunity. Winter Special! Calling all entrepreneurs! LaMothe Services is offering a 2017 WINTER Special that will have you running your own Surrogacy Agency before you know it! Are you interested in owning and operating your own Surrogacy Agency but don't know where to start? Do you live in a surrogacy friendly state? Have you been entertaining the idea of becoming your own boss? Are you a 'people person' and have knowledge of the third party family building field? (Past Surrogate, Intended Parent or other A.R.T Professional) Do you believe that 2017 is YOUR year to take control of your own career path? If... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
Happy 2017 from LaMothe Surrogacy Consulting and LaMothe Services Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Surrogacy 101
Once Intended Parents start the search for a surrogate mother, whether its in an independent situation or through an agency setting, they will soon come a crossed the phrase "base fee". What is this fee for? Who sets these fees? Isn't it the same as 'paying' a surrogate? Why is the word compensation used? Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Surrogacy 101
Respect your child’s right to know the genetic story. Love your child with your whole heart and soul, because genetics and parenting are not the same. And remember, those who have genetic children are not exempt from needing to face the many trials and tribulations of parenthood. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Surrogacy 101
The best way to start your search for an agency is ask your clinic who they recommend. Usually the clinic works with several agencies but they may have a favorite. You can also find a list of agencies online and, of course, you could ask for referrals from people in your support group if you belong to one. Once you have the names of several agencies and perhaps have read through their websites, then you need to interview them yourself. Email or call to set up an appointment and expect to spend a couple of hours on each interview. Remember that the agency will need to know about your own needs and desires in order to answer your questions to the best of their ability. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Surrogacy 101
You need a surrogate and made the decision to go at your search for the perfect woman alone in order to save money. Research, of course, is a must but you will soon find that all this new information can be overwhelming. I am going to post a short list of 10 don't's when planning a surrogacy arrangement whether it be traditional or gestational. Each don't has a longer explanation. If you would like more information please contact me at LaMothe Surrogacy Consulting and we can go over this list together. Our first 40 minute call is FREE! Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Surrogacy 101
How can you protect yourself from poorly equipped inexperienced doctors, who set up IVF clinics just to make money? It can be very hard for patients to differentiate between a "good" IVF clinic and a "bad" IVF clinic because they all seem to be the same - and patients are not sophisticated enough to be able to make out which offers a better service. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Surrogacy 101
By freezing your eggs, you’re able to live the life you want to, achieve what you need to achieve, and put yourself in the position where you’re eager and ready to support and nurture a family. The time that you spend with your child should never be a time of regret and disappointment. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Surrogacy 101