Meet Samantha!

“Everyone at FSC has been so amazing and helpful. You can tell that they truly love their jobs by all of the time and effort they put into their Surrogates. Whether it’s a simple text to check up on them or posting on the social media pages to give advice and emotional support, they definitely go above and beyond!”

Q: What led you to become a Surrogate?

I had actually seen a few blogs pop up on Pinterest about surrogacy and after reading them I became extremely interested in becoming a Surrogate. I have always enjoyed being pregnant so I knew this would be a perfect experience for me. Also I am a stay at home mom of four kids and wanted to do something amazing with my life.

Q. Who was/is your greatest support person/s throughout your journey?

My husband was my biggest support, especially during the end of the pregnancy. And I recently became good friends with a coworker of my husband who has been a huge emotional support. She is constantly checking up on me and thinks what I did is amazing. It’s also emotional for her because she miscarried her twins about 7 years ago.

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

I chose my Intended Parents because they seemed to be very laid back and during our Skype interview, they were very easy to talk to. They also live close to me so I knew that would be easier on them to make it to the delivery.

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

Meeting my Intended Parents for the first time was really awesome. We immediately clicked and had a lot to talk about. Seeing the Parents’ reactions at the 20 week ultrasound was pretty incredible. That was the moment they realized they really were going to be parents and I knew that I had made the right decision. They chose not to be in the delivery room so I didn’t get to see their reactions when their twins were born, but I was allowed to go to the NICU after recovery and they were in tears and so grateful for what I had done.

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

Don’t let other people’s opinions deter you from doing what makes you happy. I almost didn’t go through with becoming a Surrogate because my mom didn’t approve of it and didn’t want to hear anything about it. I knew I would regret it if I didn’t do it and luckily it hasn’t changed our relationship.

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

A lot of people thought that I would be sad when I had to ‘give away’ the babies. People assume that because you are a Surrogate you are automatically related to the child you are carrying. Since the beginning of this process I told people that they were never mine to give, that they always belonged to their parents.

Q. What would you tell someone who was considering working with a surrogate?

Trust your Surrogate! My Intended Parents and I have an amazing relationship because they put a lot of trust in me since the beginning and it has eliminated a lot of stress that I thought I would have through this process.

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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.