Renee’s Journey
My name is Renee.  My husband, Brian, and I have been married for 14 years.  I’m the mother of three very wonderful, special kids.  They are Layla 7, Xander 5, and Sophie, almost 3, and the light of my life!  I work part time as an x-ray tech.  I first started considering becoming a surrogate when I was pregnant with my son.  A family member was experiencing significant infertility issues, to the point she could no longer talk to me.  My pregnancy was too much for her to handle.  I always wished there was something I could do for her.  I had looked into surrogacy shortly after, but I knew my family wasn’t complete.  After Sophie turned one I started researching surrogacy agencies.I was introduced to Family Source by an x-ray student who was in the process of egg donation.  I looked into FSC and decided to talk to my husband.  He was very encouraging and supportive, so I went ahead with the application.  Zara contacted me right away.  I met with Staci shortly after and was matched with a wonderful couple from Spain.

We had experienced some delays but that was on the part of my health insurance.  Our first transfer did not take.  I was heartbroken for the family.  They had to start the process over with a new egg donor.  So that meant they had to come back to Chicago. I was lucky enough to meet them and fell in love, it really was a perfect match.  We went out to dinner.  They don’t speak English, so I brought my friend along who is bilingual.  We sat there for a few hours.  It was wonderful to get to know them in person.  The transfer was then scheduled for July.  Nine days after the transfer I got a big fat positive!  A couple weeks after that we found out it was twins!  This pregnancy has been great.  I’m due March 19th.  My previous deliveries have been C-sections, so we are just waiting for the delivery date to be scheduled.  I am most excited to see the joy and the love on the parent’s faces when these two beautiful little boys are born.  This really has been a privilege for me to be a part of making a miracle.

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We encourage and welcome Surrogates, Egg Donors, and Intended Parents to submit their stories for publication. If anyone is interested in submitting their story to published on our blog contact your Program Coordinator. 

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.