Back in 2005, Extraordinary Conceptions first opened the doors to our first fertility centre in Carlsbad, California. We started our business with one grand mission: to help as many hopeful parents build their family as possible. That mission has taken us outside of our California home and all over North America— we’ve helped hundreds of US and Canadian families become whole, and supported countless surrogacy and egg donors in the process.
Today, the very first babies we helped bring into the world are teenagers…and we’re still working tirelessly to continue our mission and bring families together. In fact, this past year, we took the steps to accommodate just how far-reaching our business had become. We officially opened our Canadian centre just outside of Toronto, Ontario to allow for more of our clients to have easy access to our resources and facilities.
Surrogacy and Egg Donation in Newfoundland & Labrador: Information for Intended Parents
No two families are alike— that’s what makes humanity so beautiful. Each of us has our own unique path and loved ones who have made our journeys possible. For many, those loved ones mean a surrogate or egg donor.
Welcoming an egg donor or surrogate into your life will not only build your family through the arrival of a baby, but you also will forge an unforgettable bond with another adult. Intended parents often stay lifelong friends with their surrogate or donor, creating an even larger family circle than they’d ever expected when the process began.
For intended parents beginning their fertility journey, there are many elements to consider and requirements to fulfill. That’s where we come in— our job is to manage your responsibilities, help connect you to donors or surrogates, and protect you and your future child throughout your journey. We’re experts, and we’re here to help.
We offer the following services to our intended parents:
- A database of over 3,600 egg donors
Choosing an egg donor is an exciting task, but it’s not a quick or simple decision. You will have nearly 4,000 women to read about, each with different genetic makeup and backgrounds. One of them will be the right fit for you— but you’ll need time and space to find her. That’s why we open our digital database up to intended parents from the moment that they submit their application. The selection process can begin straight away.
- Assistance in multiple languages
Whether your mother tongue is Spanish, Cantonese, or Arabic, chances are that someone on our team will be able to assist you in your language. After all, in a nation composed of global immigrants, it didn’t make sense for our team to only speak English and French. We’ve endeavoured to maintain a multilingual team for the ease of our families, surrogates, and donors.
- Gestational surrogates
Please note that, though gestational surrogacy options are possible only where applicable/legal, that includes Canada!
- S.A.F.E program
Many intended parents feel hesitant to begin a fertility journey because of the large cost— after all, it is a significant investment, and not every cycle is instantly successful. To alleviate this fear and protect our families, we developed the S.A.F.E, or Single Agency Fee Experience. This program allows our intended parents to try a new surrogate or donor in the case that their first round wasn’t successful— without paying any extra costs or fees. (*Some restrictions apply.)
- STRESS-FREE program
In order to protect the investment our intended parents are making, we allow for them to engage in our STRESS-FREE program. This allows for them to hold off on paying full agency fees until their donor or surrogate has been completely approved by the IVF clinic.
- Onsite specialists and services
Our team consists of multiple service-providers who will make your fertility journey much simpler. This includes a licensed marriage & family therapist, insurance specialist, notary, and travel department.
- Receiving an Egg Donation in Newfoundland & Labrador
This is a rather personal process, and most intended parents find that they prefer to choose their egg donor in a private space and with lots of time to make a decision. That’s why we open up our database to our intended parents immediately upon application— so they can carefully consider what they are looking for in a donor and have the time and space necessary to make a decision. We’re always just a phone call away, should you want any assistance.
Surrogacy in Newfoundland & Labrador
For some people, pregnancy comes easily and is quite enjoyable. Many of these women choose to become surrogates— they carry a baby for a pair of intended parents who are struggling with fertility. These women are very special: devoting 9+ months to another family is a big commitment, but it is a rewarding journey which leads to lifelong connections and joy.
If you are one of the special women out there who would like to help build a family through surrogacy in Newfoundland & Labrador, our team is here to support and guide you. We have a caring and experienced staff ready to answer any questions or help you along the way. We also connect all of our surrogates to other women in their position for support and social bonding, give you access to family and marriage therapists and IVF nurses, and will reimburse you for all of your pregnancy-related expenses, like groceries or maternity clothing.
The requirements for surrogacy in Newfoundland & Labrador are:
- You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- You must be between the ages of 21-45.
- You must have had at least one successful birth and have custody of your child(ren.)
- You must have a healthy BMI (up to 35.)
- You must hold an active MCP card
- You (or your spouse) cannot have any prior convictions or felonies.
Egg Donation in Newfoundland & Labrador
So, you’re thinking of using your great genes to help another family bring a child into the world. What a giving and wonderful choice you are making! We’re here to help you with any questions you might have along the way, as well as help ensure that you end up with the right family.
The six major steps of egg donation are:
You can apply from anywhere that you have a WiFi connection— it’s entirely online.
- Find a Match
Once you’ve applied, you can get back to your everyday life. Once your profile catches someone’s eye, they’ll let us know, and we’ll reach out to you.
- Undergo Screening
All potential egg donors undergo an extensive screening process. These tests and screenings tend to take about a month to complete, and will require a doctor’s visit for physical and psychological examinations. You will also undergo a number of STD and drug screenings, a background check, and genetic testing.
- Work with Lawyers
For the protection of everybody involved, regulations require that both independent parents and egg donors have their own legal representation. Together with your attorney, you will write up a contract that works for everybody involved.
- Take Your Meds
With all the technicalities out of the way, it’s time to start prepping your body. For donors, that means regular monitoring, daily hormone injections, and regular blood work and vaginal exams. All of this is to ensure that you are healthy and prepared for retrieval.
- Retrieval Time!
The day has arrived! Your egg retrieval procedure is minimally invasive, and will generally be finished in under an hour’s time. From there, we recommend that you take a day or two to relax. You’ve done something wonderful for someone else— now you can take some time to watch a show, eat your favourite food, and get some rest.
At Extraordinary Conceptions, we have a number of services for our egg donors to make their experience more comfortable. We offer all of our egg donors paid tickets to travel wherever they choose to donate, either here in Canada or stateside. We also provide important resources to our donors, like connections to previous and current donors, access to fertility and genetic profiling, and sessions with our own licensed therapists.
The requirements for egg donation in Newfoundland & Labrador (and all of Canada) are:
- You must be between the ages of 18-29.
- You must have a healthy BMI of 27 or under.
- You must not smoke or use recreational drugs.
Whether you’re an intended parent, hopeful surrogate, and potential egg donor, our Canadian team is here to help make your journey smooth and secure. With fifteen years of experience across the continent, you are in safe hands with us. Give us a call at (647) 749-2283, or you can email [email protected] — someone will be in touch with you very soon.