On a sunny afternoon in June, nearly 60 people converged on a Denver-area park for ConceiveAbilities’ second annual surrogacy picnic – and lots of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Thanks to the amazing women – and their equally supportive families – who came out to celebrate with us, the event was an absolute blast.
Paula, who completed her first surrogate experience in October with the birth of a healthy baby boy, said, “Being a surrogate is such an amazing and special thing and it is so refreshing to be able to share it with people who have been through it as well, or are about to go through it.”
While regular meet-ups give the women a chance to visit, the event provided an extra connection. “It was great to get to know the other surrogates better,” explained Rebecca, who is preparing for a cycle with intended parents. “We see each other at monthly meetings but it was nice to be in a casual environment.”
Holly, who was a surrogate for twins born in March, agreed. “My children had a great time, and I enjoyed catching up with other surrogates and meeting their husbands.” One enthusiastic spouse has even volunteered to run a “husband’s group”!
For first-time surrogate Lori, the timing was perfect. “I had given birth about three weeks earlier, and I hadn’t seen any of the ConceiveAbilities folks since then,” she said. “It was great to be able to re-connect with the staff who supported me, as well as with surrogates who were in different stages of the process.”
The picnic was a welcome opportunity for many of the women to see what lies ahead. “It was nice to ask surrogates who were further in the process questions,” noted Rebecca.
”It was refreshing to see some brand new faces and be able to share my now-complete surrogacy experience with them,” said Lori. “I hope I managed to communicate how much of a positive experience this can be, while also helping to minimize any of the normal anxieties ‘newbies’ tend to feel.”
Amanda, who is in the early stages of the process, felt the support. “By the time I left I had all my questions and more answered,” she said. “Everyone was so warm and friendly. It made me really excited to work with an agency that cares so much about making this an amazing experience for everyone involved.”
And one of the most moving reactions from the day came from Paula. “The picnic actually convinced me that I want to be a surrogate again!”
The sense of community amongst the surrogates and their families is truly what sets ConceiveAbillities apart, and we are so grateful to each one of them for embarking on this journey. We look forward to connecting with more of you at this weekend’s Chicago picnic – you can learn more and RSVP by visiting the ConceiveAbilities website at www.conceiveabilities.com
All Things Conceivable is a blog dedicated to sharing the knowledge and expert opinions of the dedicated team at ConceiveAbilities, a Chicago-based egg donation and surrogacy agency.