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Apr 25 2022

Surrogates! You don’t need to transfer two embryos.

As Forward Fertility as your agency, our parents-to-be plan to transfer one embryo at a time. This is not always the case at every agency or IVF clinic. Why transfer ...
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Apr 21 2022

Be a surrogate. Understand your chance of success.

Whether you are trying to have a baby yourself or you are a surrogate helping a family form, many people don’t take the time or know how to  understand how ...
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Feb 18 2022

Surrogate vs. Gestational carrier – What is the difference?

So many terms!! What do they all mean? Is there a difference? Surrogate mother, gestational carrier, true surrogate, traditional surrogate, gestational surrogate, surromom, surrogate. Carrying a Baby for Someone Else. ...
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Emily stands with her two children and dog in front of a red barn

Jun 1 2021

Postpartum care advice from Emily

First-time gestational carrier Emily shares her advice on postpartum care. Emily was a first-time gestational carrier who delivered in April. We asked for her advice on postpartum care, how her ...
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Photo is of a husband giving his wife support while in labor.

May 20 2021

Q and A with Jeremaiah on being a supportive partner to a gestational carrier

Jeremaiah gives Megan emotional support during labor. When someone has a successful pregnancy and is interested in becoming a surrogate to help another family, their partner is a huge source ...
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May 19 2021

Why I became a parent through egg donation

Working with an egg donor to move your dream of parenthood forward is a big decision. You may have already gone through many IVF cycles. Or maybe this is your ...
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Selfie of Erica who is wearing nurse's scrubs and a mask

May 5 2021

Why nurses are so important to Forward Fertility

Erica is one of the nurses who are on the front lines of healthcare and who is also a gestational carrier. Nurse’s week – A pretty flippin’ special week at ...
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Very-pregnant Hope smiles while standing on a green, grassy lawn.

May 3 2021

Hope’s surrogacy journeys

Hope will bring a second baby into the world while helping another family grow. We're celebrating Hope who delivered on Saturday. Through her experience as a surrogate, Hope deepened her ...
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Apr 29 2021

The importance of supportive partners

Partners play an essential in supporting gestational carriers and the families they help along the way. “You want to….. whaaaaat?????” If you’ve ever asked your partner about how they feel ...
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Apr 22 2021

Advice from a Forward Fertility egg donor

Our egg donors are anonymous, but one five-time donor shared her experience with the process and shared some of her wisdom. Our egg donors are anonymous, but one five-time donor ...
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Nurse Pratitioner Christie Olsen is photographed laughing in her office.

Apr 1 2021

Application process to become a gestational carrier

Gestational carrier applicants contact surrogacy agencies when they want to learn more about the experience. Sometimes they are ready to match and get started ASAP! Whether you are learning more ...
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A mom enjoys a moment with her son who is touching her pregnant belly.

Feb 25 2021

Who should apply to be a gestational carrier with Forward Fertility?

Apply to be a gestational carrier with Forward Fertility Gestational carriers enjoyed being pregnant, are healthy, and have a strong desire to help families facing infertility or cannot otherwise have ...
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Amy talks to other gestational carriers over brunch in early 2020.

Jan 25 2021

What motivates a woman to be a gestational carrier?

Amy is among the Forward Fertility gestational carriers who are strongly motivated to help others. Photo taken at a surrogate meet up before the coronavirus outbreak. The most common reasons ...
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A man and a woman are smiling and embrace under a tree.

Jan 7 2021

A parent’s perspective on sharing your fertility struggles with others

When you're exploring options for overcoming infertility challenges, you might find support in interesting places. One parent-to-be shares her perspectives on where to find resources and what it's like to ...
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Dec 29 2020

What is it like to be an egg donor?

Our egg donors are anonymous, but a Forward Fertility egg donor shared her experience with the process and shared what she learned. Our egg donors are anonymous, but we talked ...
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Jen wears a mask and her t-shirt says "good vibes only"

Dec 16 2020

Medical screenings – what to expect

Good vibes only! Jen is a Forward Fertility gestational carrier who is a natural helper with a positive outlook. So, you’ve matched as a gestational carrier and are getting ready ...
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Photo is of a woman at a dining room table signing a contract.

Dec 10 2020

Making it real – legalities of gestational surrogacy

When you work with a surrogacy agency – whether you’re a gestational carrier or parents-to-be – you need to have a contract. We have some advice on how to be ...
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Nov 23 2020

Support and Community – What sets Forward Fertility apart

Being a gestational carrier is not like your own pregnancies. There are medications, IVF clinics, legal documents, psychological evaluations, as well as excited, nervous, and curious parents-to-be! It's an experience ...
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Oct 26 2020

Q and A with Travis on being a supportive partner to a gestational carrier

Partners like Travis are an important source of support for gestational carriers. When someone has a successful pregnancy and is interested in becoming a surrogate to help another family, their ...
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Greg helps Anne administer a hormone shot.

Oct 1 2020

Q and A with Greg on being a supportive partner to a gestational carrier

Partners like Greg are an important source of support for gestational carriers. When someone has a successful pregnancy and is interested in becoming a surrogate to help another family, their ...
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James and Kate smile at a restaurant

Sep 29 2020

Q and A with James on being a supportive partner to a gestational carrier

Partners like James are an important source of support for gestational carriers. When someone has a successful pregnancy and is interested in becoming a surrogate to help another family, their ...
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Photo: breastmilk is bagged and stored in a freezer

Sep 24 2020

Neonatal Intensive Care – hopeful and helpful tips to be prepared

No one plans to have their baby admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. With gestational carriers, we’d anticipate the likelihood of this happening is lower, due to careful selection ...
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Anne uses gallon bags for organizing milk.

Sep 12 2020

Guest blog: pro-tips on exclusively pumping milk

Guest blogger, Anne, a two-time gestational carrier with Forward Fertility, shares her detailed pro-tips on exclusively pumping. These tips are good for ANY woman who is pumping breastmilk! They are ...
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Photo shows the inside contents of a hospital bag including clothing and snacks.

Aug 21 2020

Gestational Carrier Delivery Day Checklist

Hospital bags should include everything you need for a safe and comfortable delivery day. Packing your hospital bag for a delivery as a gestational carrier is similar to when you ...
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An infant smiles while being buckled into a car seat by a parent's hands

Jul 15 2020

Travel tips for parents-to-be

You can complete your surrogacy journey during a global pandemic and get home safely with your precious cargo and this advice from other parents. Forward Fertility works with domestic parents-to-be. ...
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May 20 2020

Meet Amy Osgood – Coordinator at Forward Fertility

Meet Amy Osgood – Coordinator at Forward Fertility Amy Osgood has been working as a coordinator at Forward Fertility since September 2018.  Her warm smile, kind eyes, knowledge of the ...
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May 1 2020

Preeclampsia: what you need to know 

Know what preeclampsia symptoms to look for and keep in touch with your health care provider and Forward Fertility. May is preeclampsia awareness month. Being aware and alert to the ...
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Photo of Jessica who is pregnant, smiling and ready for delivery day.

Apr 22 2020

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

Gestational carriers like Jessica have advice for delivery day in a COVID-19 era. We talked to Stephanie and Jessica, two Forward Fertility gestational carriers, about their experience delivering a baby ...
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Photo of a mother and gestational carrier holding a baby and smiling.

Apr 15 2020

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

Gestational carriers like Stephanie have advice for delivery day in a COVID-19 era. We talked to Stephanie and Jessica, two Forward Fertility gestational carriers, about their experience delivering a baby ...
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A couple meet with a gestational carrier in a coffee shop

Mar 24 2020

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

Many gestational carriers and parents-to-be began 2020 ready to embark on a project that would result in a healthy baby being born to excited parents. At Forward Fertility, pre-COVID, typically ...
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Image is a rendering of a microscopic virus

Mar 20 2020

How pregnant women are staying healthy during the coronavirus outbreak

While our community grapples with the coronavirus outbreak, women can take steps to stay safe and healthy. At Forward Fertility, we’ve been able to help women have healthy pregnancies and ...
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Feb 14 2020

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

These are the top 10 do’s and don’ts we’ve heard from previous Forward Fertility matches about the hospital and delivery experience.   A mix of small talk and silence is ...
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Photo is of Jill who is smiling at home.

Dec 29 2019

Jill talks about how being a gestational carrier changed her life. Twice.

Jill talks about how being a gestational carrier changed her life. Twice. It’s obvious how surrogacy has changed the lives of my intended parents, but someone asked me this week ...
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Jun 4 2019

What type of families might need a gestational carrier?

For parents-to-be, surrogacy can be a gateway to a dream. It can also mean facing an incredible financial expense or the emotional struggle of not carrying their own baby. Most ...
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A baby with blue eyes looks into the distance with a soft smile on their face

May 16 2019

Jill and Matt’s update – celebrating Mother’s Day and parenthood in many forms

This month, Jill and Matt are celebrating their daughter's first birthday AND Mother's Day! We’re remembering last year when it was just 90 minutes before Mother’s Day when Anne, their ...
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Oct 15 2018

Mike’s update on single dad life, paternity leave lessons, and working with Forward Fertility

Mike is a Forward Fertility client whose story was featured on GaysWithKids.com. That story came out before his daughter was born in February and was an honest depiction of the ...
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Jul 30 2018

Madison dads’ story featured in Wisconsin State Journal

Improved options for fertility treatments and having children was in the spotlight in this July 22 article in the Wisconsin State Journal. Journalist David Wahlberg spoke to parents, fertility clinic ...
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Jul 24 2018

How OBGYNs and health care providers can help women become gestational carriers

In July Forward Fertility reached out to health care providers in Wisconsin to let them know how parents-to-be who face fertility challenges but want to have children can connect with ...
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Apr 6 2016

How Surrogacy Works, Free info session, Thurs, April 21

Since Fall of 2013, Forward Fertility has assisted in surrogacy and egg donor matches to help bring 25 babies into the world or on the way.  There are several other ...
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Sep 3 2015

How Surrogacy Works – September 26, 12:30-2:30pm

How Surrogacy Works Wisconsin Saturday, September 26, 2015 12:30-2:30pm Since Fall of 2013, Forward Fertility has assisted in surrogacy and egg donor matches to help bring 14 babies into the ...
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Mar 27 2015

“No one feels alone while going through fertility treatment.”

  What a ridiculous statement!!!  It fits right in with, 'relax' and 'just adopt'.  The truth is, forming your family can be  complicated - where do you start? when do ...
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Feb 23 2015

It’s on your mind — why not talk about it??

"We just made the decision to move on to working with an egg donor -- based on the fact it will give us the best chance of success of actually ...
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Feb 18 2015

Have you ever considered being a surrogate, but not sure what’s involved??

Each Spring and each Fall, Christie Olsen, the nurse practitioner and founder of Forward Fertility offers a free information session for women interested in learning more about gestational surrogacy. It's ...
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Jan 7 2015

Start 2015 Talking…to someone who knows what it’s like.

Have you ever felt like your pet is the best listener when it comes to talking about fertility? Whether you are considering starting a family and not sure about which ...
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Oct 31 2014

Wondering what the heck “A Conversation About Fertility” is about? Read on….

A recent attendee of the Conversation About Fertility took some time to send an email to Forward Fertility about her experience at the meeting.   Read what she had to say: ...
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Sep 12 2014

All Things Surrogacy – curious? interested? Get the facts and options.

Meet other women interested in surrogacy as well as some current surrogates (morning sickness and pregnancy fatigue allowing). Christie Olsen, a women's health nurse practitioner and the founder of Forward ...
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Sep 12 2014

Curious about surrogacy? Meet current surrogates and learn about the process!

All things Surrogacy October 4, 2014 “I loved being pregnant.” “I enjoy helping others.” For the women who feel this way, many of them consider surrogacy. While surrogacy is becoming ...
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Sep 8 2014

A Conversation About Fertility ~ Madison, Thursday, October 2, 2014

Feeling like you're the only one going through fertility?  Getting ready to start forming your family and not sure where to start? Do you work in the field of women's ...
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Sep 4 2014

A Conversation About Fertility ~ Madison, Thursday, September 4, 2014

Does parenthood seem just out of reach? Forward Fertility is proud to moderate the monthly "Conversation About Fertility."  It's each month - first Thursday of the month and it's held ...
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Surrogate Support

Jul 19 2014

Forward Fertility offers novel approach to surrogacy support: The Surro Meet Up

One of the foundations of Forward Fertility’s model of service is forward thinking. Many agencies match the surrogate with the parents-to-be and that may be the last you hear of ...
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Jul 11 2014

A Conversation About Fertility – Madison, Thursday, August 7th

Join Christie Olsen, nurse practitioner and founder of Forward Fertility, LLC for a free, community wide event to discuss fertility -- your own? helping others? With the goal of including ...
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Mar 11 2014

All Things Surrogacy – Madison, Saturday, April 26

Did you enjoy pregnancy? Do you like helping others? Did you know there is a very specific process surrogates go through to be medically cleared, legally represented, and they also ...
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Feb 17 2014

Forward Fertility highlighted in local Madison newspaper article.

Jessie Opoien of The Cap Times wrote a great article about surrogacy; profiling one of the clients working with Forward Fertility.  Over 150 people shared the article on Facebook, which is a ...
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Feb 17 2014

All Things Surrogacy – Eau Claire, Sunday, April 27

Loved being pregnant?  Healthy? Looking to help others and earn some income?  Why not learn about surrogacy to see if it could be a good fit for you and your ...
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Feb 14 2014

Here We Grow Again – Children’s resale Eau Claire, WI

Stop by the Forward Fertility table while you shop for some deals at the Spring Here We Grow Again Sale! There will be some chocolates to sweeten the day and ...
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Feb 14 2014

Dane County Medical Assistant Meeting

Blastocyst (embryo on day 5 after retrieval) In addition to helping families match with the right surrogate or egg donor, Forward Fertility is committed to helping the community learn more about ...
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