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My Surrogacy Journey

It's an adventure unlike any other you'll experience.

It's an adventure unlike any other you'll experience – and each surrogacy journey is a little different. Some of ConceiveAbilities' all-stars share their surrogate mother stories, their candid thoughts and their advice on the good, the challenging, and the altogether life-changing aspects of their role as a gestational carrier. Just like us, our vibrant surrogates believe that couples and individuals who have the desire to pursue a family, should have the opportunity to build one.

Will the surrogate develop an attachment with the child? It’s quite possibly the most common question surrounding gestational surrogacy. Whether it’s a concern of the intended parents or an attempt by the general population to understand such a selfless act, the key is realizing that surrogacy isn’t giving up a child – it’s giving the child back to the parents. The emotional transfer of a surrogate-born baby must inevitably be addressed during the...

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If you’re in the midst of a surrogacy journey, you have plenty on your mind. Worrying about the financial aspect of things shouldn’t be one of them. Whether you’re an intended parent or a gestational carrier, a surrogacy escrow account means one less step for you to think about – and a greater sense of security about your investment, too. What is a surrogacy escrow? A surrogacy escrow account is an arrangement set up w...

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Unlike other countries such as England, the majority of surrogacy matches in the United States are paid arrangements. That is to say, most US surrogates receive compensation for the very valuable service they provide. Although payment amounts among independent matches vary greatly and are hard to speculate, the majority of the reputable surrogacy agencies offer women interested in becoming a surrogate mother a package valued between $24,000 to $45,000. At ConceiveAbilities, we are proud to offer a ...

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ConceiveAbilities’ surrogates, Kristina and Kristine, are two of five women who were featured in a recent Marie Claire article on why they chose to carry someone else’s child. The piece touches on the complex history of surrogacy and gives a nod to how celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Neil Patrick Harris, among others, have begun to normalize surrogacy in an effort to grow their families. Because of this recent normalization, more and more women are ...

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We talk a lot about support during surrogacy journeys. It’s an inherently complicated process that is made exponentially easier with a reputable agency, but even then, personal backup is essential. As an agency, we believe it is of utmost importance that a surrogate has a strong support system. If she is in a relationship, that primary support person is typically her partner. Sometimes, especially in a situation that can be so emotionally intense, even th...

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Surrogacy arrangements are built upon important foundations, and perhaps the most vital is the compatibility between the gestational carrier and the intended parent. Successful pregnancies rely on a healthy relationship between all parties, as well as rigorous screenings to ensure we have an accurate understanding of each party’s personality. So how does ConceiveAbilities do it? We’ve discussed our screening process and the surrogacy journey in the past, but what about our Matching Matters meth...

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Angel is now into the third trimester of her surrogate pregnancy with a baby girl. Throughout the process her husband Travis has been one of her biggest supporters, and he's sharing his perspective on the surrogacy process – plus his answers to the many questions people have for the "surrogate dad." To be honest, I never thought that I would be doing something so awesome for another set of parents. I knew Angel ...

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Surrogacy can be a wonderful experience, but the journey requires both hard work and commitment. As a parent, it may be easy to think solely about the end result- holding your child in your arms. As a surrogate, it is easy to think solely of the incredible gift you will give to your Intended parents. But it’s important to consider all of the challenges and sacrifices that both parties will have to face to re...

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You’ve done the research, you’ve had the discussion with your partner, and you’ve made the decision: you’re going to pursue surrogacy! Whether you’re applying to become a surrogate mother or intended parents building your family, you’re about to take on one the greatest adventures of your life. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. A reputable surrogacy agency will be there to help you get started and see you throug...

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When the idea initially struck you to consider surrogacy, what was the very first thing you did? For most people, gestational carriers and intended parents alike, it was to start your research online. Undoubtedly, amidst clinic and agency sites, news articles and statistics, you encountered a variety of support groups. Surrogacy is not a solo journey. And while an encouraging partner and family are key during this process, the importance of a surrogate support group ...

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