What advice would you give to women considering surrogacy?
It’s kind of like donating blood: if you can do it, why wouldn’t you save a life. I felt the same way about surrogacy. If I can, why wouldn’t I? Obviously it impacts you and your family, so make sure you have the right support but it’s so worth it.
What was the turning point for your decision to become a surrogate?
After I knew my family was complete and I was done breastfeeding, I saw a post in a mom’s group about surrogacy and knew I wanted to do it.
What are some myths that you come across about surrogacy?
The biggest one is the attachment - “you’re going to run off with the baby” or “you are going to get too attached.” It’s not true. It’s a mind set. It’s like babysitting - I am going to give this baby the most love I can while it's in my care and then joyfully I am going to hand this baby off to its parents.
How has the extra income impacted you and your family?
It’s been amazing! My husband had so much school loans it was crushing us. We couldn’t make an impact because of the interest. After my first journey, we paid it all off and relieved ourselves from our debt. Our credit scores went up and we qualified to buy a house.
Why would you recommend Supportive Conceptions Surrogacy [SCS]?
I did not use SCS for the first surrogacy and it had been a wildly different experience. Having Kim’s support and all the other surrogates I have gotten to know has been such a huge help. You’re not just a number in a system, you are a human with SCS. You feel cared about and Kim is always there for you.