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Sep 11, 2014 / 2 notes

Understanding Egg Donation in Canada

Welcome to Little Miracles!

Happy “almost” Fall, or least it feels like Fall in Ontario today! I wanted to post a bit about us to help those in Canada and world-wide understand a bit more about our program.

Making the decision to use an egg donor to expand your family often leaves you with more questions than answers. 
Tackling the unknown can be an intimidating and stressful experience, especially when it is for such an important and life altering decision. Knowing which doctors or reproductive clinics to chose, or which lawyers are the best suited to assist your family make all the difference in the world. 

That is where our expertise can help!! We are Canada’s largest and longest operating egg donor consultants. With more than 7 years of experience in the field, we have the most knowledgeable and compassionate staff anywhere in Canada with full access to the top specialists in the field. 

We currently have an amazing selection of over 200 donors in our database ready to help make your dreams of a family a reality. 

Not only can we guide you through the process with ease and confidence, we can assist and guide your egg donor as well to make a smooth transition for everyone involved. 

We are very passionate about egg donation and understand the many emotions and fears that come along with it. We will be there every step of the way to ease any stress or worry. We also make it our goal to stay on top of news or trends in the field to assure you have the best support team behind you at all times. 

We are certainly not limited to help only those couples located in Canada. We have helped couples from across the globe looking for a Canadian egg donor. 

What separates Little Miracles from the other consultants in Canada is not only our devotion to the process and our knowledge, but also our ability to assist quickly and effectively without the worry of bumps in the road. We know our job well and we absolutely love it and that passion is clearly reflected in our work. We have the trust from #1 Fertility Doctors in the industry behind us, and wanting to work with an Egg Donor from Little Miracles

Our reputation as Canada’s leader for Egg Donation speaks for itself and we would love to let our years of experience help benefit and blossom your family!! 

Contact us today to start your journey from couple to family @ www.little-miracles.ca

Also feel free to check us out on FB and twitter for up to date news and info of what is happening in the fertility world. 
https://www.facebook.com/LittleMiraclesInc 
https://twitter.com/LMRobyn

Sep 9, 2014

Beautiful 3D animation of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

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If you are interested in becoming a part of our program, please take the time to fill out our 
application:
Donor Application
We have always prided ourselves on our confidentiality and sensitivity to each individual journey. Please know that your information will not be shared unless we have your signed consent to do so. This is a secure server and website which is password protected.
www.little-miracles.ca
 
Sep 4, 2014 / 7 notes

littlemiraclesinc:

If you are interested in becoming a part of our program, please take the time to fill out our

application:

Donor Application

We have always prided ourselves on our confidentiality and sensitivity to each individual journey. Please know that your information will not be shared unless we have your signed consent to do so. This is a secure server and website which is password protected.

www.little-miracles.ca

 

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Sep 4, 2014 / 7 notes

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Pass it on people!! Do your part!! Share this post!

For information regarding surrogacy in Canada email us at admin@canadiansurrogacyoptions.com

Sep 4, 2014 / 8 notes

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Do your research, be informed, donate! Families are in need - help grown a family!

Looking for more information about becoming an egg donor in Canada or looking for more information regarding our egg donor program for intended parents????- Email us at info@little-miracles.ca

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Sep 3, 2014
Sep 3, 2014
Aug 28, 2014 / 1 note
http://thefertilityblogs.com/trying-to-conceive/what-to-expect-the-ivf-timeline/1564/
We know that your first IVF will be filled with questions, concerns and excitement and thought the following information would help you through your first cycle.
Just like a woman’s monthly cycle,  no two women will have the exact same IVF protocols, tests, medications or results. The timeline and information we give to you is a typical IVF cycle and you will find that your own will vary to some degree.
First Up: Birth Control Pills You’ll be on birth control pills from 14 to 21 days. Taking these may seem counterproductive, however they do an important thing. They help get your hormones under some kind of exact control in the cycle just before your actual IVF cycle. Using them has proved to also reduce your chances of Ovarian Hyperstimulation and ovarian cysts, therefore increasing your chances for a successful IVF.  As mentioned before, not all women will be given birth control pills.  An example would be a patient with a lower ovarian reserve (fewer eggs).
Lupron/Antagon/Cetrotide You can expect to be on Lupron for about 12 to 15 days at the start of your IVF Cycle. With Antagon/Cetrotide, your time is likely to be much shorter. These medications work to shut down or control the ovaries temporarily and prevent premature ovulation. They also help insure that  the follicles, when stimulated will all ripen at approximately the same time. Antagon/Cetrotide is becoming increasingly more popular than Lupron.
Baseline Ultrasound Your first of many ultrasounds begin once your period arrives. The ultrasound is used to check the size of your ovaries, and look for ovarian cysts. It may also be used to measure the lining of your uterus.
Stimulation Your doctor has several options for stimulating your ovaries for your IVF cycle.  Depending on your treatment protocol, this may mean anywhere from one to four shots every day, for about a week to 12 days.
During this phase of your cycle, your doctor will monitor the growth and development of the follicles your ovaries are currently producing. At first, this may include blood work every few days, to monitor your estradiol levels, and ultrasounds. Monitoring the cycle is important, as it helps your doctor decide whether or not the medications need to be increased or decreased in dosage. Gonal-F,Follistim and Repronex are three very popular drugs used in this key portion of the cycle.
Once your largest follicle is 16 to 18mm in size, your clinic will probably want to see you daily.
Trigger Shot
The hCG trigger injection is a crucial point in your IVF.  Timing this is an important part of  success with IVF.  The hCG injection induces the final step of maturation of your eggs. It loosens the eggs attachments from the follicle wall and allows for proper timing of your egg retrieval. Usually, the hCG injection is given when four or more follicles have grown to be 18 to 20mm in size and your estradiol levels are greater than 2,000pg/ML.
It is at this point that your doctor may elect to cancel the remainder of your cycle. If he sees that the eggs are not maturing properly or if he feels that you have too many follicles maturing (which can lead to Ovarian Hyperstimulation and can be dangerous.) Cancellation at this point typically runs from 10% to 20%.
Egg Retrieval Typically 34 to 37 hours after your hCG trigger shot, your egg retrieval will be performed.  Doctors understand that you will be nervous at this point and will likely give you some kind of sedative or anesthesia.  (Be sure to let the anesthesiologist know if you have had any prior reactions to sedatives or anesthesia.) Once they are sure you are relaxed and comfortable, a trans-vaginal ultrasound will be used to  guide a needle through the back wall of your vagina, up to your ovaries.  Ths needle is used to remove the fluid and the egg from the follicle.  One egg per follicle.
The  fluid with the eggs are then is passed to the embryology lab where the eggs are identified, rinsed in culture media, and placed in small drops in plastic culture dishes. The dishes with the eggs are then kept in specialized IVF incubators under carefully controlled environmental conditions. Sperm and eggs are put together in the lab (in-vitro) about 4 hours after egg retrieval. Your doctor may have elected to use ICSI for your cycle in which case the sperm are then injected individually into eggs.
The average number of eggs per cycle is from 8 to 15.  Fertilization of these eggs must occur within the next 12 to 24 hours. You can be sure they are closely being watched by the clinic’s embryologist.
Embryo Transfer After the eggs and sperm (now called embryos) have been watched and cultured in the IVF lab for 3 to 5 days, one or more will be placed back in the uterus. At day 5, your embryos are now called Blastocysts. This is one of the the final steps in your IVF cycle. Proper placement is CRUCIAL here and is key in your success. Typically your doctor will perform this transfer guided by ultrasound imagery.
Once the transfer has occurred, a nurse will have you lay back and relax for a couple of hours. Be sure to bring a book, iPod and company to help pass the time.
If you have had an abundance of good quality embryos, you may elect to have some frozen for a future cycle. Speak to your clinic beforehand about your options so that you eliminate the need for any stressful decisions at this point.
Progesterone Support Since you have been on medications that control your hormones so heavily during an IVF cycle, it is very unlikely that your body will be producing enough progesterone to support a pregnancy.  Your doctor will prescribe a progesterone supplement to take care of this for you.
Progesterone supplements typically begin on the day of your retrieval and before the transfer.  Progesterone can be administered either through intramuscular injections (Progesterone in Oil), which is the most frequently used method, or through pills, vaginal gels and suppositories. It’s not uncommon to have more than one means of progesterone support used in one cycle.
You’ll be using progesterone supplements for at least 2 weeks.
Pregnancy Test The last and final step of your IVF cycle is the pregnancy test. Home urine pregnancy tests are not advised here as they may pick up remnants of your hCG trigger shot and give you false positive results.
Your clinic will have you come in for a blood pregnancy test somewhere between 9 and 14 days after your transfer. They will also likely check your progesterone levels as well.
If your results are positive, your doctor will have you continue your progesterone supplements and closely monitor you with additional blood work and ultrasounds for the next few weeks.
If your results are negative, your doctor will have you stop your progesterone dosage so that your period can arrive.
We understand how disappointing a negative result is for anyone involved. Even for your doctor. Have faith though that your doctor has collected quiet a large amount of information during this IVF cycle and will consult with you on ways to improve chances for success should you decide to do another IVF.
If you’d like to figure out the important dates in your upcoming IVF Cycle, try using our IVF Calculator and Calendar!
Aug 27, 2014 / 279 notes

http://thefertilityblogs.com/trying-to-conceive/what-to-expect-the-ivf-timeline/1564/

We know that your first IVF will be filled with questions, concerns and excitement and thought the following information would help you through your first cycle.

Just like a woman’s monthly cycle,  no two women will have the exact same IVF protocols, tests, medications or results. The timeline and information we give to you is a typical IVF cycle and you will find that your own will vary to some degree.

First Up: Birth Control Pills
You’ll be on birth control pills from 14 to 21 days. Taking these may seem counterproductive, however they do an important thing. They help get your hormones under some kind of exact control in the cycle just before your actual IVF cycle. Using them has proved to also reduce your chances of Ovarian Hyperstimulation and ovarian cysts, therefore increasing your chances for a successful IVF.  As mentioned before, not all women will be given birth control pills.  An example would be a patient with a lower ovarian reserve (fewer eggs).

Lupron/Antagon/Cetrotide
You can expect to be on Lupron for about 12 to 15 days at the start of your IVF Cycle. With Antagon/Cetrotide, your time is likely to be much shorter. These medications work to shut down or control the ovaries temporarily and prevent premature ovulation. They also help insure that  the follicles, when stimulated will all ripen at approximately the same time. Antagon/Cetrotide is becoming increasingly more popular than Lupron.

Baseline Ultrasound
Your first of many ultrasounds begin once your period arrives. The ultrasound is used to check the size of your ovaries, and look for ovarian cysts. It may also be used to measure the lining of your uterus.

Stimulation
Your doctor has several options for stimulating your ovaries for your IVF cycle.  Depending on your treatment protocol, this may mean anywhere from one to four shots every day, for about a week to 12 days.

During this phase of your cycle, your doctor will monitor the growth and development of the follicles your ovaries are currently producing. At first, this may include blood work every few days, to monitor your estradiol levels, and ultrasounds. Monitoring the cycle is important, as it helps your doctor decide whether or not the medications need to be increased or decreased in dosage. Gonal-F,Follistim and Repronex are three very popular drugs used in this key portion of the cycle.

Once your largest follicle is 16 to 18mm in size, your clinic will probably want to see you daily.

Trigger Shot

The hCG trigger injection is a crucial point in your IVF.  Timing this is an important part of  success with IVF.  The hCG injection induces the final step of maturation of your eggs. It loosens the eggs attachments from the follicle wall and allows for proper timing of your egg retrieval. Usually, the hCG injection is given when four or more follicles have grown to be 18 to 20mm in size and your estradiol levels are greater than 2,000pg/ML.

It is at this point that your doctor may elect to cancel the remainder of your cycle. If he sees that the eggs are not maturing properly or if he feels that you have too many follicles maturing (which can lead to Ovarian Hyperstimulation and can be dangerous.) Cancellation at this point typically runs from 10% to 20%.

Egg Retrieval
Typically 34 to 37 hours after your hCG trigger shot, your egg retrieval will be performed.  Doctors understand that you will be nervous at this point and will likely give you some kind of sedative or anesthesia.  (Be sure to let the anesthesiologist know if you have had any prior reactions to sedatives or anesthesia.) Once they are sure you are relaxed and comfortable, a trans-vaginal ultrasound will be used to  guide a needle through the back wall of your vagina, up to your ovaries.  Ths needle is used to remove the fluid and the egg from the follicle.  One egg per follicle.

The  fluid with the eggs are then is passed to the embryology lab where the eggs are identified, rinsed in culture media, and placed in small drops in plastic culture dishes. The dishes with the eggs are then kept in specialized IVF incubators under carefully controlled environmental conditions. Sperm and eggs are put together in the lab (in-vitro) about 4 hours after egg retrieval. Your doctor may have elected to use ICSI for your cycle in which case the sperm are then injected individually into eggs.

The average number of eggs per cycle is from 8 to 15.  Fertilization of these eggs must occur within the next 12 to 24 hours. You can be sure they are closely being watched by the clinic’s embryologist.

Embryo Transfer
After the eggs and sperm (now called embryos) have been watched and cultured in the IVF lab for 3 to 5 days, one or more will be placed back in the uterus. At day 5, your embryos are now called Blastocysts. This is one of the the final steps in your IVF cycle. Proper placement is CRUCIAL here and is key in your success. Typically your doctor will perform this transfer guided by ultrasound imagery.

Once the transfer has occurred, a nurse will have you lay back and relax for a couple of hours. Be sure to bring a book, iPod and company to help pass the time.

If you have had an abundance of good quality embryos, you may elect to have some frozen for a future cycle. Speak to your clinic beforehand about your options so that you eliminate the need for any stressful decisions at this point.

Progesterone Support
Since you have been on medications that control your hormones so heavily during an IVF cycle, it is very unlikely that your body will be producing enough progesterone to support a pregnancy.  Your doctor will prescribe a progesterone supplement to take care of this for you.

Progesterone supplements typically begin on the day of your retrieval and before the transfer.  Progesterone can be administered either through intramuscular injections (Progesterone in Oil), which is the most frequently used method, or through pills, vaginal gels and suppositories. It’s not uncommon to have more than one means of progesterone support used in one cycle.

You’ll be using progesterone supplements for at least 2 weeks.

Pregnancy Test
The last and final step of your IVF cycle is the pregnancy test. Home urine pregnancy tests are not advised here as they may pick up remnants of your hCG trigger shot and give you false positive results.

Your clinic will have you come in for a blood pregnancy test somewhere between 9 and 14 days after your transfer. They will also likely check your progesterone levels as well.

If your results are positive, your doctor will have you continue your progesterone supplements and closely monitor you with additional blood work and ultrasounds for the next few weeks.

If your results are negative, your doctor will have you stop your progesterone dosage so that your period can arrive.

We understand how disappointing a negative result is for anyone involved. Even for your doctor. Have faith though that your doctor has collected quiet a large amount of information during this IVF cycle and will consult with you on ways to improve chances for success should you decide to do another IVF.

If you’d like to figure out the important dates in your upcoming IVF Cycle, try using our IVF Calculator and Calendar!

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Aug 27, 2014 / 7 notes

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Pass it on people!! It’s infertility awareness week!! Do your part!! Share this post!

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We are Canada’s Only Consultation Program, offering Egg Donations as an alternative to build your family. We are please d to announce this new division of Canadian Surrogacy Options Inc. Through Canadian Surrogacy Options Inc., we have been helping couples achieve their dream of a child for close to 20 years. We are thrilled to have recently celebrated our 5th anniversary with Little Miracles in creating families! We realize this is a very emotional decision for everyone involved and it is our Mission to always treat everyone with the utmost respect and compassion. We are here to help in any way we can. The journey of Egg Donation can be a very emotional roller-coaster and we are here to help when you need itWe offer a sophisticated, compassionate program which includes all management and coordination of your journey. We can offer assistance and coordination of all psychological, legal, medical and financial aspects.
With Joanne Wright, President of Operations, and her expertise overseeing the day to day operations in the process as well as having established a strong network with the best professionals in Third Party Reproduction, including Reproductive Specialists, Lawyers, Psychologists and Social Workers, you can rest assured that your journey will only be handled by professionals.
We currently have just over 200 donors registered in our database, with over 100 currently helping others achieve this emotional dream. In 2012 alone, we have seen over 300 new families created!
We invite you to take a look through this website to answer any questions you may have about using third party reproduction to grow your family or in making a donation to a loving family. You will find all the information you need to know before making the decision to embark on this incredible journey. When you are confident that this is the process right for you, or if you have any questions at all, please contact Little Miracle and one of our coordinators will be in touch as soon as possible.
Thank you again for considering Little Miracles
www.little-miracles.ca
Aug 27, 2014 / 2 notes

littlemiraclesinc:

We are Canada’s Only Consultation Program, offering Egg Donations as an alternative to build your family.

We are please d to announce this new division of Canadian Surrogacy Options Inc. Through Canadian Surrogacy Options Inc., we have been helping couples achieve their dream of a child for close to 20 years. We are thrilled to have recently celebrated our 5th anniversary with Little Miracles in creating families!

We realize this is a very emotional decision for everyone involved and it is our Mission to always treat everyone with the utmost respect and compassion. We are here to help in any way we can. The journey of Egg Donation can be a very emotional roller-coaster and we are here to help when you need it

We offer a sophisticated, compassionate program which includes all management and coordination of your journey. We can offer assistance and coordination of all psychological, legal, medical and financial aspects.

With Joanne Wright, President of Operations, and her expertise overseeing the day to day operations in the process as well as having established a strong network with the best professionals in Third Party Reproduction, including Reproductive Specialists, Lawyers, Psychologists and Social Workers, you can rest assured that your journey will only be handled by professionals.

We currently have just over 200 donors registered in our database, with over 100 currently helping others achieve this emotional dream. In 2012 alone, we have seen over 300 new families created!

We invite you to take a look through this website to answer any questions you may have about using third party reproduction to grow your family or in making a donation to a loving family. You will find all the information you need to know before making the decision to embark on this incredible journey. When you are confident that this is the process right for you, or if you have any questions at all, please contact Little Miracle and one of our coordinators will be in touch as soon as possible.

Thank you again for considering Little Miracles

www.little-miracles.ca

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Good morning Bloggers!!
Visit Little Miracles Inc for helpful information regarding egg donation
www.little-miracles.ca
Aug 27, 2014 / 3 notes

littlemiraclesinc:

Good morning Bloggers!!

Visit Little Miracles Inc for helpful information regarding egg donation

www.little-miracles.ca

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Fertility Awareness!!!
Aug 7, 2014

Fertility Awareness!!!

Love this!!!
Aug 7, 2014 / 2 notes

Love this!!!

Good to know!!! 
Best first food for your baby!! Only the best
Aug 7, 2014

Good to know!!!

Best first food for your baby!! Only the best