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California Fertility Doctor Provides Bonding Room to Surrogacy Families

a blog by Kim Griffiths, January 31, 2013

Infertility in itself is difficult to cope with, but finding out that you are unable to carry a pregnancy can be devastating news. Options like gestational surrogacy allow a couple to conceive using their own sperm and eggs, but the pregnancy is carried by a surrogate.

Some intended mothers feel concerned that they will have trouble bonding with their new baby because they did not experience the physiological connection of pregnancy and childbirth. However, intended parents can begin bonding with their baby immediately after birth to nurture a very strong connection.

Jane Frederick, M.D., co-medical director of HRC Fertility in Laguna Hills, California, acknowledges the need for intended parents to spend time with their baby in the earliest hours of the baby’s life. For this reason, Dr. Frederick has funded a project at The Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills that provides designated room for surrogacy families to bond.

The new Jane L. Frederick, M.D. Bonding Room will give intended parents a chance to bond and spend the night with their baby. Prior to this room’s inception, intended parents were provided a space to bond, but a room specifically designated for parents via surrogacy is a first for the hospital.

“Surrogacy continues to be a viable option for many families and often these families don’t have a place to go in a hospital delivery situation. Parents really need a special place that is theirs and The Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial has come through with a beautiful area that is really unique,” Frederick states.

Chief Executive Officer of Saddleback Memorial, Steve Geidt, says there is a growing need for this space, especially since the hospital has seen an increase in the number of surrogate births: 15 surrogates births in 2012 with legal parents traveling to California from as far as Norway, Australia, and China.

The bonding room will offer comfortable accommodations and post-partum education opportunities to the new families.

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