At Family Source Consultants, we take great pride in the fact that we excel at educating and supporting our surrogates. All surrogates accepted into our program go through an exhaustive screening process, ensuring that only the most qualified applicants become TeamFSC carriers. When a new surrogate joins the team, we make it our mission to ensure that she is well informed on all that is involved in a journey and is fully supported though the highs and lows of the entire process — from matching through the postpartum experience and beyond.

The core of FSC’s support comes from a place of compassion and empathy. Denise Conner, our Surrogacy Support Manager, is in a unique position to lead our support team, as she first entered the world of third party reproduction as a recipient mother. With help from donor eggs, Denise was able to carry her children herself and delivered healthy twin girls in 2009. Even while carrying, she felt an overwhelming gratitude for the woman who helped her become a parent and felt a pull to “give back” to another woman by serving as a gestational carrier. In 2013, she delivered a surrogate baby for her intended parents and consequentially has empathy and perspective from both the recipient and surrogate sides of a third party reproductive journey.

Built on this framework of compassion and empathy – FSC’s surrogate support system is grounded in the idea of women supporting women – providing insight, guidance, and fellowship in a way that only other women who have had similar experiences can. TeamFSC surrogates get access to our active and dynamic private Facebook page. In this space, there is no question off-limits and no topic that hasn’t been discussed. New members will find a wealth of information in the older posts, with multiple new conversations started each day. This Facebook page is the perfect forum for getting quick feedback, unfiltered answers, and a network of supportive women walking through their own surrogacy journey.

To add another level of support for our surrogates, two years ago, we launched a mentorship program, where new TeamFSC surrogates are matched with an experienced TeamFSC surrogate. Our experienced surrogates are those who have a heart for sharing their journey with others and want to invest in guiding new surrogates through the process. The mentor matches we’ve made have resulted in strong friendships and valuable support and insight for all involved.

Additionally, FSC hosts monthly in-person surrogate support groups across the United States. Gatherings happen in Texas, Florida, Arizona, Minnesota, and Illinois – allowing friendship and fellowship to flourish among TeamFSC surrogates. Each gathering is hosted by an FSC staff member or experienced surrogate, with conversation starters intended to encourage discussion and allow our surrogates a safe space to share the emotions they are experiencing in their journey. These events are frequently attended by past surrogates as well, who bring their own experience and insight to the discussions.

FSC staff is expertly trained to be tuned-in to the emotions involved in a journey and to ensure that our surrogates always have the support needed. It is our number one goal to make certain that the process runs smoothly, and our intended parents can rest assured that their surrogate has quick access to an FSC staff member throughout the journey. FSC support staff is always just a quick email, text, or phone call away. This incredible level of support sets FSC apart as a leading agency for the extraordinary women who choose to become gestational surrogates.

Interested in becoming a part of our incredible network of women as a TeamFSC Surrogate? Contact us today for more information!

Staci Swiderski, CEO and owner of Family Source Consultants has been involved in the field of reproductive medicine since 2002. Staci has vigorously grown the comprehensive egg donation and gestational surrogacy agency to become a worldwide leader in the third-party reproduction field. Staci is a former intended parent herself. She and her husband welcomed their son via gestational surrogacy in 2005. Additionally, Staci had the experience of assisting an infertile couple (AKA Recipient Parents) build their family through her efforts as an egg donor, with her donation resulting in the births of their son and daughter.