What led you to become a Surrogate?
When I was a teenager and learned what Surrogacy was, it really interested me. It was really a dream ever since then. I know it is difficult for same sex couples (which was my preferred choice of intended parents) to have children of their own, especially if they wanted to have ones that are genetically related. I already have children, and I think everyone should have a chance to experience that happiness. I am extremely grateful to have been able to give that to a family who was unable on their own.
Who was your largest support person/s throughout your journey?
My mother and the Intended Parents! My mom actually moved into my home and helped me care for my children because I am a single mother of two. She never even thought twice about saying yes when I asked her. She did everything I could have ever asked for and more. I also have an amazing relationship with my intended parents – they speak to me at least once a week through text messages and sometimes as many as seven days of the week. It has been so wonderful to work with people that actually care about you as a person and not just the babies you are carrying for them. I don’t think I could have ever asked for a better couple of people to work with.
What made you decide to choose your Intended Parents?
They were okay with the way I live my life and didn’t want me to change a thing. They are not overbearing or controlling. I work as a Dialysis technician and I know it can be very dangerous. The couple I worked with knew I did not intend to quit my job, and that I am a single mother of two. Their support has been amazing.
What are some of the highlights of your journey?
I would say the whole thing was very eye opening for me. It is something I have never done before and to be able to say I could help a family achieve that type of love and happiness is something I could never describe in words. Absolutely beyond amazing. I cant wait to do it again.
Do you have advice for women who are interested in becoming a gestational surrogate?
I would say that if you had any doubt in your mind, DO IT. This is the most emotionally rewarding thing you could possibly do. Absolutely worth every minute!