Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Modern Family: 4 Non-Traditional Ways To Start Yours

Surrogacy, infertility treatments, family, home, health, conceiving, family planning
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The days of all families looking the same are long gone. Which is great news for people who want to start a family but don't fit that stringent mold. Whether you are unable to conceive naturally, you are in a same-sex relationship and want to have children, or if you are a single person who has decided it is time to start a family, there are options. Take time to learn what options are available to you and then decide which one fits your unique situation the best.

1. Adoption and Foster Care

Adoption not only gives you a chance to start a family, but it also gives a child a fresh start in life. If you are looking to adopt an infant, you can talk to private adoption agencies that provide housing and medical care for expectant moms. Adopting out of the foster system is another route.

2. In Vitro Fertilization

If you are unable to conceive naturally, another choice is in vitro fertilization. This involves harvesting and fertilizing eggs and then implanting them inside your uterus. Many people who choose IVF have to undergo several treatments before they successfully conceive.

3. Surrogacy

Using a surrogate mother is another option. It is an increasingly attractive option for men in same-sex relationships. In addition to the fee paid to a surrogate, you are generally responsible for all of the medical care costs for both the expectant mother and baby.

4. Sperm or Egg Donation

Some people choose to involve a donor to the conception phase. This may be an anonymous donation, or you may choose to ask someone you already know. This is especially attractive for same-sex couples and singles who are ready to start a family.

Not all families get started in the same way. Whether you choose to adopt a child, go through IVF treatments or use a third party reproductive process, it is love and acceptance that truly makes you a family.

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