Today (Monday, January 23rd) marks the start of the Chinese New Year. While it may not seem like an earth shattering event, in the world of fertility and babies it is! In fact, today’s front page of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL features two top fertility companies (Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Inc. – www.agency4solutions.com, and their sister company, Global IVF, Inc. – www.globalivf.com), in an article highlighting the current trend of Chinese intended parents (from the U. S. and abroad) racing to have babies in the Year of the Dragon – which starts January 23, 2012 and ends February 10, 2013.
The Wall Street Journal sought out the internationally renowned Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, and Global IVF because both companies have had a huge surge of Chinese singles and couples contacting them for their services. Two of Agency for Surrogacy Solutions’ current clients, looking to have a baby in the Year of the Dragon, are featured in the article. For Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Inc. there’s been a 250% increase in Chinese clients in the last two months, and Global IVF – a website and service devoted to people traveling for fertility treatments – has responded to the demand by developing a program specifically for Chinese clients wanting to travel to the U.S. to do IVF/gender selection in the Year of the Dragon – called “Dragon Baby Special.”
Why the fuss? Traditionally, the Year of the Dragon is a very auspicious time to have a baby in China – the child born in the year of the dragon will have immense power and great success, be respected, generous, popular, and will have a youthful appearance throughout their lives. During every past year of the dragon there have been significant increases in birth rates and the Taiwan Society for Reproductive Medicine director Lee Mao-sheng predicts the dragon effect could lead to an increase of between 180,000 and 200,000 newborns this year.
China banned surrogacy in 2001, making it impossible for women struggling with infertility to legally pursue building their family with the help of a surrogate. In addition, gender selection is currently prohibited in China. The U.S. based Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Inc. & Global IVF, Inc. provide personal and full range services for domestic and international couples or singles who cannot conceive on their own or desire the services of a gestational carrier and/or want to do gender selection.
While owned by the same two women, Kathryn Kaycoff-Manos, MA and Lauri Berger de Brito, Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Inc. and Global IVF, Inc. are two very distinct companies – both with their own ways of assisting the sudden rush of Asian Intended Parents who desire to have a baby born in the Year of The Dragon.
Global IVF, Inc offers a special concierge program for Chinese nationals who want to come to the United States for IVF and Gender Selection. (www.dragonbabyspecial.com). This service provides a high level of personal assistance throughout the entire process. In addition, Global IVF’s free website provides additional information about fertility treatments around the globe (www.globalivf.com).
Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Inc. (www.agency4solutions.com) is a highly respected surrogacy agency based out of Southern California. Agency for Surrogacy Solutions provides personal, full-range surrogacy services to heterosexual and same-sex couples, along with singles, from all over the globe.