We started out by getting to know each other, sharing where they were each at in their personal surrogacy journeys. They may have been recovering from the disappointment of a broken match or a failed transfer, they may have been blissfully pregnant, they may have been newly matched. A blend of experienced and first time surrogates. Some of us went out to a murder mystery dinner on the Delta Queen. We all agreed it was just about the cheesiest, funniest things we have ever been involved in!
That evening we had some nice, very real and candid conversations. Surrogacy is not for sissies and not every aspect of a journey is butterflies and roses. It is so important to be honest and to share real, uncensored experiences. Then when something unexpected or upsetting happens, each of them know they are not alone.
Oh yeah, and did I mention, lots of talk about pregnancy and birth? Let me repeat, LOTS of talk about pregnancy and birth.
The next morning, some additional surrogates came to join us for breakfast and some more talk and support time. Such a great group of women. I had to sit back and take a deep breathe and look around several times. It's awe inspiring to know that everyone of them are doing something so wonderful for someone else.
We so appreciate our surrogates. Each and every one. The families appreciate these wonderful surrogates. The getaway was a very small token of appreciation from me to them, but it was the least I could do.