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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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For now, as a mother and a potential carrier, it's important that everyone is on-board in your household regarding your surrogacy. You may have children who are too young to even understand what a pregnancy is...a 2 or 3 year old may just need to know the bare minimum....and except it as the norm. I know that my daughter at age 3 would go around telling anyone who would listen that her mommy was carrying a baby for Ms. K and it wasn't ours! This made an interesting conversation in the Sears check out line! Honestly, it's the older children most affected. Their pregnant mother will be exposed to their friends, neighbors, teachers, church family and cub/girl scout leaders! Pregnant and not with a baby that belongs to Dad! Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 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. Do you have a "Don't" to add to this list? Please comment! Other's can learn from you! Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Surrogacy 101
Eloise Drane and I are going to be partners at Family Inceptions (The website will reflect this partnership in the upcoming weeks.) For 10 years Family Inceptions (located in Atlanta, GA) has been helping surrogates, donors, and intended parents nationally and internationally with a high degree of ethical care to one and all. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Surrogacy 101
In the interest of National Infertility Awareness Week I thought I would take the time to share my story of personal struggle becoming pregnant with my second child. Secondary infertility is no joke and when you had no troubles becoming pregnant with your first (wanted but not planned) you go into that planning phase of adding onto your family thinking that it will be as easy as stopping your birth control pill. Not so, at least not for me! Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Surrogacy 101
Did you hear that the governor of Washington State has signed a NEW bill into law regarding compensated surrogacy? Starting January 1st 2019 women in Washington, who desire to help someone by carrying a baby for them, can do just that and be compensated for their time and dedication. Being a surrogate isn't an easy job, as you might remember from your own pregnancies, but it is rewarding and guaranteed to be a life changing experience. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at Surrogacy 101
SB6037 has now been heard in the WA House and will be voted on next week with no real wrinkles that I am aware of. With the testimony of Jennifer Tammen (Former IP), Jon Tammen (17 year old son born via surrogacy in CA) and Melissa Flaherty (The wonderful CA Gestational Carrier for the Tammen's who has now testified twice this year in favor of our surrogacy bill), are among the many who have offered both the senate and the house their support of SB6037 and have encouraged the members to think of those suffering from infertility here in WA state and how much of an emotional and financial burden it is to be so far apart during the surrogacy process. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at Surrogacy 101
I invite you all to read it yourself and comment here, PM me on Facebook or email me as I would love to hear your thoughts. NEW SECTION. Sec. 702. ELIGIBILITY TO ENTER GESTATIONAL OR GENETIC SURROGACY AGREEMENT. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Surrogacy 101
To become a Gestational Carrier, where you are not using your own eggs or tubes and therefore a woman can become a surrogate even if her tubes have been tied. (You cannot become a traditional surrogate where you would be using your own eggs.) Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
Who made up these “rules”? The Reproductive Endocrinologist and the findings within the fertility community! And why, you ask? Because, for Intended Parents, surrogacy is their last best shot at having a family of their own and statics show that overweight people often don’t do as well via IVF as women within the normal range. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
Again I remind my readers that the surrogacy process is costly with the Intended Parents investing thousands and thousands of dollars and having someone that has proven that she can carry and give birth to at least one healthy baby is an important part of the process. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
Everyone has to sign medical waivers and the surrogate will know the back ground of the IPs just as the IPs will know the medical background of their surrogate. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
Some women who want to become surrogates have partners or husbands who smoke. Even if they state they will only smoke outside the home, there is still that chance of 3rd hand smoke in the car and on clothing. The best bet is to have everyone in the home to be non-smokers. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
Can the Intended Parents force anyone to terminate a fetus? No, but they can state breach of contract and depending on how things are handled, a huge conflict between all parties will ruin the surrogacy relationship. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
Most surrogacy arrangements have an amount of $750-$1000.00 earmarked for maternity clothing. In the case of twins, a surrogate may use that money around the 10th week of pregnancy and for a singleton she may use it at around 12-14 weeks. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
What are you looking for? DUI’s, Drug conviction, child abuse, criminal charges and so forth. Anything that will give you pause about working together. It’s better to find things out before the contracts are signed then after. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
Surrogacy 101 Blog in Feedspot Top 50 Surrogacy Blogs Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
The gestational surrogacy contract, as well as the contracts for traditional surrogacy, are lengthy and complicated. The wording is very important and there are several sections outlining who is responsible for what and what happens under certain circumstances. It covers issues like what constitutes a breach of contract, who will be named guardian if something happened to the Intended Parents, what happens to the baby if it’s born with a deformity, and who is holding escrow and when are payments made? Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
A first-time surrogate receives between $28-34 thousand. That may look like a lot but the average surrogacy journey lasts for at least 15-18 months. At the high end, that’s $1888 per month for those that hate math. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
SHARON: I think they are very far from reality of surrogacy as it stands today here in the United States. Even in India, this would not be called surrogacy. This is rape. This is enslavement. This is kidnapping. This is inhumane. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
If you are using your own sperm then you need a full Semen Analysis. Why? Because you don’t know how healthy your sperm is. A semen analysis measures three major factors of sperm health Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
Very few 18-20 year old’s will pass the psychological evaluation due to maturity. Responsible and mature women with life experience make the better surrogate/carrier Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Surrogacy 101
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 Jun 23, 2017 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 Jun 20, 2017 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