In celebration of Pride Month, we spoke with Paul and Emilio about their experiences navigating the world of surrogacy in the United States as a same-sex couple from Spain. Our host Susan knows them quite well, as she was personally their surrogate! Paul and Emilio met at a Pride celebration over 9 years ago and the idea of having a family was one that was discussed early on. The surrogacy process is not legal in Spain, so when the time came that they were ready to begin their journey, they reached out to Family Source and instantly knew they were in the right hands. “The universe was shining on us!” Paul says.
In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Mark Trolice, Director of Fertility at CARE: The IVF Center in Winter Park, Florida. Topics include maximizing your time on earth, his decision to become a Reproductive Endocrinologist, his own personal struggles with infertility, his chaotic home life, his singing career, the covid vaccine, and helpful hints for those struggling with starting their own family.
In this episode, we talk to our friend Dr. Said Daneshmand, or as we know him “Dr. D”. Dr. D is an internationally recognized fertility specialist at San Diego Fertility Center with extensive experience in providing third-party reproductive services. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in egg donation and surrogacy and is one of the main providers of third-party care in the United States.
In this episode, we talk to attorney Sharna Caceres. Sharna practices artificial reproduction technology law and provides counsel to private individuals, healthcare practitioners, and healthcare organizations on legal requirements and best practices for growing families. She is licensed to practice law in Texas, and she actively volunteers with organizations that develop youth and further local communities.
In this episode, we talk to our friends Ann and Keith Street. Having to overcome their own individual hardships, Ann and Keith were Intended Parents who added to their family with the help of a Surrogate. Battling Cancer and suffering a tragic loss, their Third-Party Reproduction journey is a testament to the human spirit and is both uplifting and inspiring.
In this episode, we talk to our friend Denise Steele. Denise is an Assisted Reproductive Technology Escrow Consultant with SeedTrust Escrow. She is a market development expert whose personal experiences have afforded her a deep understanding of both technology and fertility processes. Denise and Susan talk about the importance of getting your finances in order before starting your Third Party Reproduction journey.
In this episode, we talk to our friend Dr. Melvin Thornton II. Dr. Melvin H. Thornton II is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine. He has been helping families in the Tri-state for over 18 years. Dr. Thornton completed his OB/GYN internship and residency as well as his Reproductive Medicine fellowship at the University of Southern California. He received additional training in advanced reproductive surgery at The Cleveland Clinic before joining the faculty at Columbia University. In this episode, we thought we would explore some of the medical aspects associated with the new Surrogacy statute in NY state.
In this episode, we talk to our friend Phoebe Sadler about the recent change in Surrogacy laws in the state of New York. Phoebe is an associate at the International Fertility Law Group. She has a background in family law and has been practicing exclusively in the area of assisted reproduction technology (ART) law since 2018. Phoebe will answer Susan’s questions surrounding the legalities of the Child Parent Security Act (CPSA) that went into effect on February 15th, 2021 in New York State.
In this episode, we talk to Ashley, a married mother of 3 children of her own. She has been a Surrogate twice and is just about to begin a sibling journey. This episode explores Ashley’s story in detail; touching on her discussion with her family to become a Surrogate, and juggling her own kids’ hectic schedules while being a surrogate.
In this episode, we talk to Katherine Q. Katherine is a mother of 3 children and finished her first surrogate journey in 2020. She is currently matched to begin her second surrogacy journey. This episode explores Katherine’s story in detail discussing international surrogacy and carrying a surrogate child in a pandemic.
In this episode, we talk with Didi Perry. Didi is a mother of 3 grown children of her own, and also a 5-time surrogate. She currently has been working in Third Party Reproduction as a Surrogacy Case Manager for 9+ years. She lives outside of Austin, TX. This episode explores Didi’s story in detail, discussing the many ups and downs associated with her journeys.