What made you explore the world of surrogacy? Did you have any hesitations? What made you overcome those hesitations?
I have a family member that was unable to have kids and I always said I would help her if I could. My mom also had a hard time having children and was finally able to carry myself and my twin sister to term. So, when I was unable to help my family member, I started researching surrogacy after my first child. We decided after our family was complete, if everything went well, I would pursue helping someone else. Why did it have to just be family?! I was hesitant about proceeding as I unfamiliar with the proper steps. But, when I joined FSC, they helped me through the entire process (every step of the way), so it was at that point a no brainer that I wanted to help intended parents’ become a family and be able to feel what I feel for my kids. Families come into the world in all different ways, shapes and sizes and if I could help someone else that may need assistance, that’s what I wanted to do. I feel we are put on this Earth to help make the world a better place — I feel blessed that I have been able to do that.
How was your journey overall, and what was you experience like?
My journey had a rough beginning. My first transfer took, but I miscarried at 9 weeks. Four months later we transferred again, and that pregnancy was a smooth experience, and she is now a happy and healthy 3-year-old!
How is the relationship with your intended parent(s)?
The relationship was the most important thing to me in this journey. We built a great and strong foundation and I am still very close to the fathers. We try to skype monthly and text every couple of weeks. I couldn’t be happier with the match FSC had made for me.
What made you chose your career at Family Source Consultants?
I did sales for 15 years. I realized that I was not fulfilling my heart in what I was waking up and doing every day. My heart was in surrogacy and helping others. I have a great passion for surrogacy. My favorite part of the job is seeing the process come full circle. Other than having my children, there is no greater feeling than seeing photos of the baby/ies in their parents’ arms!
What advice would you give a woman who is interested in becoming a surrogate?
Research the process. Be open to the journey and know that it is not always smooth sailing. Sometimes there are bumps in the road and the journey can sometimes take a little longer than someone else’s. Know that there is nothing greater than to be a piece in a puzzle to help intended parents become parents!
Baby ‘A’ Carried by Rachael Smith