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Travel tips for parents-to-be

July 15, 2020

Forward Fertility works with domestic parents-to-be. About half of our clients are from the East or West Coasts and the majority of our carriers live in Wisconsin. In a global pandemic, when flying is perhaps not the safest, once your baby is born (in Wisconsin), how the heck does one get home? Before COVID, about half of our parents-to-be would fly home and about half would drive. One courageous family even rented an RV! In the era of COVID, Forward Fertility clients are exclusively driving their new babies home to give them more control over their environment. These parents-to-be gave us…

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Application process to become a gestational carrier

June 17, 2020

Becoming a gestational carrier is something most people think very deeply about for a long period of time before they decide to proceed. Once you’ve decided you are interested and are ready to apply…. what should you expect? At Forward Fertility, the application process can be completed in as little time as a few weeks or it can take longer if you prefer to go at a slower pace. Either way, these are the components to complete: Easy, online application. Phone call with Nurse Practitioner Christie Olsen. Gather documentation: pay stubs, driver’s license, medical records, health insurance information, and a…

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Meet Amy Osgood – Coordinator at Forward Fertility

May 20, 2020

Amy Osgood has been working as a coordinator at Forward Fertility since September 2018.  Her warm smile, kind eyes, knowledge of the health care system, desire to help others, and kindness are what stood out at the beginning. Who knew all of that came with a great sense of humor, a passion for photography, and a mastery of escrow and medical records! Amy processes egg donor and gestational carrier applications and gathers documentation necessary for applicants who are eligible to proceed with the process. She manages the monthly escrow requests, updates changes with health insurance policies, paystubs, and provides support…

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Why nurses are so important to Forward Fertility

May 6, 2020

Nurses not only help women who are egg donors or gestational carriers… they are likely to also be surrogates for others. This is why we love nurses at Forward Fertility.

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Preeclampsia: what you need to know 

May 1, 2020

May is preeclampsia awareness month. Being aware and alert to the early and subtle signs of preeclampsia will keep you and the baby healthy.

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Advice from carriers in the COVID-19 era – part two

April 22, 2020

We talked to Stephanie and Jessica, two Forward Fertility gestational carriers, about their experience delivering a baby for intended parents during the COVID-19 crisis. They had lots to say about what went well and shared some pearls of wisdom for other carriers to get what they need while navigating changing hospital policies.  This blog post is part two of two stories. Read part one on our blog.  Q.  Were there any medical decisions made during labor that had a clear impact on the health of the baby (i.e. forceps delivery, C-section, decisions made in response to baby’s heart rate dropping)?…

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Advice from carriers in the COVID-19 era – part one

April 15, 2020

We talked to Stephanie and Jessica, two Forward Fertility gestational carriers, about their experience delivering a baby for intended parents during the COVID-19 crisis. They had lots to say about what went well and shared some pearls of wisdom for other carriers to get what they need while navigating changing hospital policies.  This blog post is part one of two stories. Part two is coming soon.  Q. How did the delivery differ from your original vision prior to COVID-19 restrictions?    A. Stephanie: Really the only difference in this one for me versus my other deliveries is that I didn’t…

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Matched but Not Pregnant: How to maintain your match in a COVID-19 world.

March 24, 2020

Questions matched parents-to-be and gestational carriers should be asking to stay safe and sane during the coronavirus outbreak.

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How pregnant women are staying healthy during the coronavirus outbreak

March 20, 2020

At Forward Fertility, we’ve been able to help women have healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries since we were founded in 2013. While the outbreak of the coronavirus is a deep cause for concern for us and our clients, there is some preliminary good news about how pregnant women are taking steps to stay healthy and safe.

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Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts on Delivery Day

February 14, 2020

These are the top 10 do’s and don’ts we’ve heard from previous Forward Fertility matches about the hospital and delivery experience.

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