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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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Surrogacy 101 blog was one of the Top 30 and I truly am grateful for your nominations! So one last request! Please vote for Surrogacy 101 by clinking HERE (www.Mysurrogatemom.com) and then voting! If you truly feel that this blog has given you some perspective on your surrogacy journey or answered some of your most pressing questions then it has done it's job. I also want to thank all of my guest bloggers! You all make this blog possible!! Thank you in advance for your votes! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Surrogacy 101
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Starting your surrogacy journey, it’s really important that you try to put yourself in the shoes of the other (as best as you can). Most IPs have had a long, emotional, trying journey that then led them to surrogacy. Opposite to this, is a surrogate who can easily get pregnant, carried her own babies to full term and had uneventful and easy pregnancies. So, just understanding this basic perspective of where the other is starting from is extremely important. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Surrogacy 101
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My family and friends were an amazing support system.I absolutely love my family and have the coolest friends ever. Everyone was supportive and excited for us, but I had no idea how they would be cheering us on and offering to help out constantly. From my boss letting me take little break time naps to my ex-husband helping out with the kids, so I could rest and focus on my growing twin belly. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Surrogacy 101
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Just add your favorite surrogacy blog and let the games begin! It's a great way to share information and award the best 10 surrogacy blogs out there! Hosted by MySurrogateMom.com Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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How do you navigate the judgement of others when you want to become, or already are, a surrogate? People can be mean and sometimes not aware that their comments can be hurtful. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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Third-party journeys can take many months and even years. Payment requests come from many sources including your surrogate, agency, insurance providers, the fertility clinic, attorneys and other payees. Having access to your full ledger anytime you wish is not just a nice-to-have but a need-to-have. The transparency gives you the control you deserve throughout this process. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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Remember that every intended parent-surrogate connection is different, but here is some general advice for making sure you build a healthy relationship based on open communication. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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One of the most tip-toed around subjects when navigating surrogacy is coping with pregnancy loss. It is undoubtedly a painful and uncomfortable subject for so many people. This unspoken sorrow touches the lives of Intended Parents and Surrogates alike, and it is long past time to break the uncomfortable silence and have an honest conversation about this experience. Many Intended Parents choose surrogacy after having experienced devastating losses. Likewise, Surrogates will have sometimes experienced loss themselves, or could experience it during the course of their surrogacy journeys. The pain of pregnancy loss is very real and persistent. It often colors the experience of the Intended Parents and Surrogates, adding to their anxiety as they go through the surrogacy process. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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The matching phase is one of the most exciting times in your surrogacy journey, and creating your intended parent profile can be the most important step for finding the best surrogate match for you.Your profile will be the first impression you make on a surrogate candidate, so it is a vital piece of your matching process. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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IPs underestimate the timeline as well as the cost. Depending on if they are working on an independent surrogacy journey or with an agency the timeline always seems to be off. If IPs are going independent then often times they underestimate what the budget should be for each step. They also make assumptions (in both cases) that the surrogate will become pregnant on the first round of IVF and will never need bed rest and everything associated with that. There are misconceptions on what a pregnant woman needs in order for her to carry for another couple. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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This is a huge and life changing undertaking. You will benefit greatly from going through a trustworthy agency when it comes to finding or being an egg donor or gestational surrogate, and you can rest easy knowing that your case will be handled professionally and responsibly.Ready to take the first step towards helping create a life? Please fill out this form or call 844-404-BABY. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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A fresh donor cycle is one that is completed in real time. Your donor will not have her medical cycle or egg extraction until after you choose her, so there will be more lead up time to get your eggs and, ultimately, to having your embryo transfer.In a fresh donor cycle, doctors will work to stimulate your donor’s menstrual cycles with your cycle (or your surrogate’s cycle, if you’re one). The hope is that your donor’s eggs can be retrieved and fertilized just in time to be transferred directly to the uterus without having the need to be frozen. This can represent an additional amount of time between donor selection and transfer, and for some intended parents, that’s a deal killer. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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The next myth is that purposefully trying for a multiple gestation pregnancy is an overall cost savings.While there may be some level of financial savings that cannot be disputed, we want to outline that this does come with a cost. Multiple gestation pregnancies are almost always high risk by nature. The risk of complications like preterm delivery, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia go up considerably for a multiple gestation pregnancy. You also run a substantially higher risk of having your newborns need to spend time in the NICU when they are born as a result of a multi-gestation pregnancy. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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Being an egg donor means a lot of short-term notice. Once you’re ready to enter our database, you could be selected at any time. For some donors, selection can happen right away. For others, there could be weeks or months spent waiting. Once selected, however, you’ll need to have flexible availability that lines up with the intended parent's timeline. Having fewer blackout dates makes you a better candidate. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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The transfer is over, and now all that is left for you to do is wait. For two long weeks. We can almost guarantee that these two weeks of your life will feel endless. Rest assured, however, that these two weeks are just as long as any other two weeks, and before you know it, it’ll be time for your Beta test to determine if you’re pregnant. Here are a few things that you can do to help pass the time while you wait. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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You’re organized Being a gestational surrogate means that you’re going to have to endure at least one cycle of IVF. That means a lot of medications taken every day, some at very specific times. Additionally, you’ll also have to make and keep several doctor appointments. Simply put, being a surrogate can feel like a full-time job. Being organized makes this feel less overwhelming and much more manageable. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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On top of relocating to a new office location in Georgia – where this all began− FI is excited to share with you that we will now have a strong west coast presence, as well. With the opening of a new home base in 2018, near Seattle, Washington, Family Inceptions is making strides forward in providing excellent customer service on both coasts. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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The idea of introducing your kids to surrogacy can seem like an overwhelming thought. It seems only logical that telling your children that there will be a new baby, one that won’t be coming home to them, would be emotionally challenging for children. This fear can be crippling to surrogates since the love and protection of their own children is often a motivating factor for choosing surrogacy in the first place. The good news is that, by and large, these fears are larger in your head than they will ever be in practice. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2019 at Surrogacy 101
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/.../Senate%20Bills/6037.pdf Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Surrogacy 101
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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