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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.

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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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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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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Pregnancy is a time when a woman is ultra-conscious of what’s happening in her body – not only is she trying to maintain her own wellness, she is responsible for the health and growth of another human being. Whether the woman is carrying her own biological child or she is a gestational carrier, a balanced diet is key to a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. What should a pregnant woman eat? A wide variety of t...

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Every baby is a miracle, but part of what makes them so special is the unique set of qualities and skills they quickly develop. It shouldn’t be a surprise that, just like all of the other systems in the human body, major development happens during pregnancy. We often think about things like maintaining a healthy diet and movement, but mental health is just as important. A successful pregnancy means slowing down and releasing stress; re...

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The decision to work with a surrogate for family building is not often made quickly. Relying on another person – or people! – to make this dream a reality can be a challenge. The Danger of “Altruistic Surrogacy” Intended parents often report feeling frustration and a loss of control if they must rely on the help of a third party. For some, the idea of a surrogate sister or friend carrying the baby helps assuage ...

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Taking Medication When You’re Expecting Pregnancy is a time filled with excitement – and understandably a little anxiety too. Whether she is a traditional mom or a gestational surrogate she will have a strong natural inclination to protect the baby she is carrying. It’s normal to question if previous activities are safe now: can I still go running while pregnant? Travel by plane? Can pregnant women take cough drops? One of the most common...

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You may be aware of the many health benefits of breastfeeding, which is why when you had your own children you were determined to perfect the latch, master the hold, and get your babies that liquid gold. Now that your journey as a gestational surrogate is underway, you may begin to consider whether you feel as strongly about pumping as you did about breastfeeding. Or perhaps you have not yet really begun to consider whether ...

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