FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

what is infertility? 

According to the Office of Women's Health (OWH), infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant after one year of trying to conceive (or six months if a woman is 35 or older). Women who can get pregnant, but are unable to stay pregnant, may also be infertile. About 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What is a gestational Carrier? 

A gestational carrier (GC) is the woman who carries someone else's baby. In gestational surrogacy, the egg is not the gestational carrier’s. Instead, the embryo is created via in vitro fertilization (IVF) using the eggs and sperm of the intended parents or donors, and is then transferred to the gestational carrier.

What are Intended Parents (IP)? 

The intended parents (IP) are the individuals who go through the IVF process to create embryos that will be transferred to the GC. The IPs are the mother and father of the child throughout the entire process.  

WHEN WILL PREGNANCY HAPPEN? 

PJ will fly to Colorado the end of June and begin medication to prepare her uterus for the transfer of the embryo. We hope to do the transfer in August of this year. If pregnancy doesn’t occur the first time, we will try again.

How many embryos are transferred in the GC process?  

This answer varies depending on the doctor and clinic you are working with. Most doctors will transfer one, since using a GC/surrogate is already a high risk pregnancy. Because we are young, healthy and have several strong embryos, we will be transferring one. 

HOW CAN I HELP SUPPORT THIS JOURNEY? 

There are many ways for you to support Team Baby Hep! We need your prayers, encouragement and love every step of the way. Send us an encouraging email or text. If you wish to help financially, our best friends surprised us with a Go Fund Me to help support us as we stepped out in faith to make this happen!  

Will PJ carry the baby full term? 

Yes! PJ will carry a full term pregnancy (fingers crossed!). Obviously, there are many things that can happen during pregnancy but we are praying and believing that this child will stay in the oven until 40 weeks.

Where will baby hep be borN? 

PJ is currently living in Gainesville, FL (2 hours north of where Joe and Hollie Jo live). She will continue prenatal care with her OB, Dr. Richard Brazzel. Baby Hep will be born at the Women’s Center at North Florida Regional Medical Center. We will drive up for doctor appointments and visit the baby regularly throughout the pregnancy.