Meet Katie!

Working with FSC was seamless and easy. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience. FSC was able to answer all of my questions and provide information about things that I wouldn’t have thought to ask about. They were also very supportive throughout the entire process.

Q: What led you to become a Surrogate?

For many many years, I had been wanting to help others expand their family. My husband and I used IVF to become pregnant with our children, and I thought that would disqualify me from pursuing surrogacy. I was saddened by this and was so disappointed that my dream wouldn’t come to fruition.

When a friend of mine became a surrogate for FSC, I talked to her about the process and requirements. I found that I was still eligible and was so excited about the possibility of helping a family in this way.

Q. Who was your greatest support person throughout your journey?

My husband was very supportive throughout the process. He was a great sounding board for my questions and was always there for me during the pregnancy.

Q. What made you decide to choose your Intended Parents?

Through reading my intended parent’s profile and meeting with them, the love they shared for each other was apparent. The excitement they had for having a child and the care they would provide was evident. We also had similar things we were looking for in the pregnancy.

Q. What are some of the highlights of your journey?

My journey was fantastic from the screening process to the transfer and the pregnancy. A highlight for me was that the intended parents invited my husband and me to the virtual gender reveal party. I felt so honored that they included us among their family and friends to celebrate the pregnancy and gender.

Another highlight was having the parents bond with my children when they were in town prior to the birth. It was very touching that they made a connection not only with my husband and me but with my children. It was special and strengthened our bond.

Finally, a huge highlight for me was during the birth. One of the parents was able to be in the delivery room with my husband and I. The other parent was able to watch the delivery through a window. I felt so proud of the successful delivery of the parent’s baby and that they could be so close during the delivery to witness it. It was a culmination of a successful journey and meant the world to me.

Q. Do you have advice for women who are interested in becoming a gestational surrogate?

I would highly recommend partnering with FSC as they are experts and able to guide the surrogate through the entire process. I would also advise that any surrogate not be in a rush. There are several steps to the journey and each one takes different amounts of time to complete.

Q. What did you find was the biggest misconception people had about surrogacy?

I think the biggest misconception that I heard from family and friends was that emotionally it would be hard to not come home with a baby after the pregnancy. I was always 100% okay with providing the baby to its parents. I was carrying the baby for them and never felt connected to the baby while carrying it as I did my own children. It was not sad at all to give the baby to its parents because that was the goal throughout the entire process. Providing the parents with their child was so rewarding and was not hard at all.

Q. How has becoming a surrogate impacted your life?

It has allowed me to be of service in the most incredible way. I love helping people and this was the most amazing way to assist another family.

Learn more about becoming a surrogate by submitting a request for information, or start your surrogate application today!

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.