To our hopeful intended Parents and selfless surrogate carriers….
IVF Medication Surrogates Use
Gestational Surrogacy allows women to help others bring new life into the world and grow a family, but the medical process itself is different for surrogates than with a personal pregnancy of their own. With surrogacy, the uterus requires preparation to support the upcoming pregnancy or implantation.
Why do people turn to IVF?
There are a variety of fertility issues that IVF can help someone overcome
What is IVF? In- Vitro Fertilization is a medical procedure completed by an Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE). This is where an egg is combined with sperm outside of the body, in vitro. The process involves monitoring and stimulating a women's ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova from the women's ovaries and letting the sperm fertilise them in a liquid in a laboratory. This completed at a fertility clinic of the clients choice.
These are just a few of the reasons that people turn to IVF. After several attempts many then turn to surrogacy if their IVF journey has come to an end. For many, Surrogacy is the last resort in making parenthood a possibility.
One in eight people struggle with infertility. Our advice to those who thrive to complete their families through IVF and Surrogacy, please know that you’re not alone, never lose hope, stay positive, and trust your journey
“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”
Shannon's Surrogacy Story
You’re not giving up a baby, you’re giving the baby back
You have to have a certain mindset, because you’re not giving a baby up, you’re giving the baby back. By all means, I did not want to keep their child - I wanted a child for them. It was a healthy disconnect. I feel so honored to have helped their dreams to parenthood come true.
When you know, you know.
I knew I wanted to become a mother from a young age. I remember my girlfriends and I playing with our baby dolls and setting up pretend nurseries when we would have sleep overs. As I became an adult I learned more and more about surrogacy. Surrogacy at the time was not talked about much; people didn’t take the time to understand it. To this day, I believe many are judgmental about surrogacy and don’t know how common it really is. One in eight couples has trouble conceiving their own biological child. I just knew deep down inside that I wanted to help an infertile couple.
Starting my family first
I gave birth to my first child in 2007. I knew shortly after I had him that I was really interested in becoming a surrogate. I even applied for a surrogacy program with an agency. I decided before finalizing all the paperwork that the time just wasn’t right for me. After I had my second child I knew the time was finally right to become a surrogate carrier.
Sharing the news
I was very open about wanting to become a surrogate. I would have to say that the majority of my family was not supportive of me becoming a surrogate. During the process I was able to talk about, explain, and most importantly,help others to understand what surrogacy really is and why millions of men and women around the world turn to surrogacy. Let’s move forward to when I completed my first surrogacy journey. My family asks often how my surro baby is doing. They want to see pictures of the baby and his parents. After many of my family members met baby and parents, they now gush over how amazing my surro family is anytime we get together.
Creating their family
My husband was very supportive when I decided to become a surrogate. The surrogacy process was actually really exciting. I was matched quickly, but the Intended Parents decided to wait. So I was matched with a second couple and I am so glad I was! Everything worked out just how I imagined. My pregnancy was wonderful, and the Intended Parents were caring and supportive. I delivered a healthy baby boy. Today we remain friends and have a wonderful relationship.
A completed chapter
After completing my first surrogacy journey I was overwhelmed with love and viewed life with a little more appreciation. I went on to carry a second child for another family. And again, I had another amazing experience. Today I have helped create and complete two different families.
Sharing the love
I knew someday I wanted to help more families. Opening Golden State Surrogacy has been a pure joy. It’s true honor to witness Intended Parents being matched with their gestational surrogate carriers. Helping couples make their dreams come true and seeing a surrogate’s excitement as she creates miracles is really the best job anyone could ask for.
Our mission at Surrogacy Journeys is providing exceptional services for families who acquire guidance to become parents. We thrive to make your journey to parenthood as smooth as possible with our experienced and compassionate on call team.