The Biggest Things to Consider Before Expanding Your Family | FamilyMinded

There are many ways to expand your family even if you are struggling with infertility.


When considering adoption, it is important to understand the legal and emotional processes involved. You will need to establish guidelines for how the relationship will be between you, your child, and your child’s birth parents California. Closed adoptions prevent your child from ever being in contact with their birth parents before turning 18. Open adoptions are more flexible and allow the birth parents to be more involved in the child’s life. The adoption process itself can be lengthy and stressful, so be prepared to practice patience. Establish a solid support system within your family to make the transition easier for you and your adopted child.

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To improve your chances of getting pregnant and having a baby yourself, you can ask your doctor about fertility treatment options. Synthetic hormones can be used to encourage more eggs to release during ovulation or to stimulate your ovaries and regulate their function. These often come in the form of injectable shots that tend to cost a lot of money. However, there are some more cost-effective oral medications to try first. Typically, you will need to have been trying to get pregnant unsuccessfully for six months to a year for your doctor to explore this option with you. Your options may also depend on your age and condition.


Surrogacy is another option to consider that allows you to bring your child more safely into the world when you’re ready. If you are unable to get pregnant or carry to full-term, you may consult with an agency to find an available surrogate. A surrogate is a woman who carries and delivers a baby for you using a donated egg and sperm. The egg and sperm are implanted through in-vitro fertilization. You should be able to meet surrogacy candidates in person before selecting one to carry your baby. Address any concerns and verify there are no issues with insurance policies.

There are several options available to explore if you are faced with infertility.