Summertime at ConceiveAbilities

August 3rd, 2011

This article originally appeared in Everything Conceivable, the official newsletter of ConceiveAbilities.
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Our surrogate picnic events have been the perfect opportunity for surrogates and their families to share their experiences and learn more about the process in a laid-back, friendly environment. The sense of community amongst these amazing women truly sets ConceiveAbilities apart, and we are grateful to each one of them and their spouses and children for taking part in such a special journey. By sharing these events with our newsletter subscribers, it enables the intended parents we work with as well as our network of professionals to gain a deeper perspective on our program’s commitment to third party family building.

Denver Surrogate Picnic June 2011

On a sunny afternoon, our Denver-area surrogates and staff gathered for ConceiveAbilities' second annual surrogacy picnic. Nearly 60 people attended for a day filled with sun, fun, and lots of ice cream!

“ 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. ” - Paula

“ It was great to get to know the other surrogates better. We see each other at monthly meetings but it was nice to be in a casual environment. ” - Rebecca

“ By the time I left I had all my questions and more answered. 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. ” - Amanda

Chicago Surrogate Picnic July 2011

In spite of a rainy start, more than 30 people braved the elements for ConceiveAbilities' first annual Chicago surrogacy picnic. Armed with umbrellas and good humor, staff, surrogates and their families gathered for cookie decorating.

The weather was just another example of how these ladies handle the unexpected with grace and a smile. In an often unpredictable journey, we were once again reminded of the dedication of our surrogates.

“ The picnic was a relaxed and casual setting, yet I felt comfortable asking all of the serious and important questions. I left with a lot of good information and very excited to start the whole process with ConceiveAbilities! ” - Amie

“ It was fun to meet family members and potential surrogates. And, of course, see the other pregnant ladies! ” - Sara

“ I loved getting to know the families of all the surrogates and seeing old and new faces. ” - Danielle

We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and look forward to connecting with you!