What to Expect From a Surrogacy Mental Health Screening

When a woman prepares to become a surrogate, she has to demonstrate that she’s is in optimal health — both physically and mentally. This means that along with undergoing a physical, you’ll need to undergo a screening process that evaluates your emotional...

Can I Request Diet Rules for My Surrogate?

You know that diet is one of the biggest lifestyle factors that shapes a healthy and successful pregnancy. So, it makes sense that you’d take a particular interest in your surrogate’s diet. The diet she follows throughout her pregnancy will play an...

Should I Use My Eggs or Donor Eggs in My Surrogacy Program?

Today, most surrogate mothers are gestational surrogates, which means they do not use their own eggs. Using a technique called in vitro fertilization, eggs are fertilized with sperm, and the created embryo is placed into the uterus of the gestational surrogate. The...

Can I Be an Egg Donor?

Becoming an egg donor is an amazing opportunity. When you donate eggs, you’re helping those who struggle with infertility to realize their dream of starting a family of their own. We’re selective about who we choose to become egg donors at Western...

Using a Friend as a Surrogate

If you and your significant other are struggling with infertility, choosing surrogacy could be an option that allows you to have a biological child. At Western Fertility Institute, we often match couples with women who can serve as their surrogate mother. That said,...

Is It Possible to Switch Surrogates?

We know how important it is to click with your gestational carrier. Although we wish every surrogacy situation were perfect — with the parents and intended surrogate having the same goals and preferences — that doesn’t always happen. If an issue has left you...

Steps to Becoming a Surrogate

Agreeing to become a surrogate is a huge, life-changing decision. Not only are you helping a family who cannot conceive a child naturally, but there are also benefits to your own life. Surrogacy is a precious gift, but it requires strength, commitment and resilience....

How to Survive Mother’s Day

For some, the road to motherhood seems easy. For others, the journey takes longer and the battle against discouragement and hopelessness is a daily struggle. If you struggle with infertility, it’s important to stay hopeful. However, certain times of year make it...

Infertility Inspiration and Words of Wisdom

The road to parenthood isn’t always easy. If you are in the midst of the fertility process, the daily ups and downs can lead to discouragement. One moment you and your partner are dreaming of your growing family, and the next, another obstacle comes dashing your...

Diet and Lifestyle Changes to Boost Fertility

Did you know that approximately 10 percent of women struggle to get pregnant? When you want to start a family, this reality can quickly become frustrating and potentially heartbreaking for many couples. If you’ve been trying to conceive but aren’t having...