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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.

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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Although the public’s understanding of gestational surrogacy has come a long way in recent years, some basic misunderstandings seem to still be commonplace. These misconceptions occasionally result in surrogates receiving some semi-awkward questions. The false notion that gestational surrogates (Gestational Surrogates, Gestational Carriers, or GCs) contribute genetically to their surrobabies is one​ of the more common errors which fuel these interesting interactions. The truth is that surrogates provide a healthy, nurturing environment but not gene...

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Gestational surrogacy is an incredible process. It is equal parts advanced medicine and the best aspects of humanity, and of course, the end result is a bouncing baby. What’s not to love about this scenario? Well, it turns out most surrogates do encounter the occasional person who is not “sold" on the concept of surrogacy. These encounters can be a little shocking for a first-time surrogate, because as a person who feels call...

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Jack and Rudy, Colorado Surrobabies ConceiveAbilities Match Manager, Leah McFail recently connected with former clients Liberty and Michael. Their adorable twin boys, Jack and Rudy were born via gestational surrogate in December of 2015 and they were both gracious enough to answer some questions about their lives and experience with surrogacy. Leah wasted no time in asking the sort of questions we know folks care most about. Interview with Intended Parents: Liberty and Michael Matching Matters &...

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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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Whether an intended parent or a gestational carrier, we repeatedly hear from our clients that they’d like to offer one another a symbol of hope and gratitude for the journey they’ve chosen to undertake together. Sometimes these mementos are shared at transfer day, during pregnancy, or after the birth, and can range from homemade items, to gift baskets and personalized gifts tailored to the recipient. Here are some ideas we’ve gathered over the ye...

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Surrogate Mother Interview: Angie Starcher ConceiveAbilities Match Manager Leah A. McFail recently caught up with Gestational Surrogate Angie to chat about her experience as a first time surrogate. Angie delivered healthy twins for her Intended Parents in December of 2015. Leah: Why did you want to be a surrogate and was it what you thought it would be? Angie: I wanted to become a surrogate because I've always wanted to help others who were unfortunately un...

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It’s never easy explaining to your child where they came from or how they came to be, but it’s an essential moment between the parent and the child. We’ve prepared this blog post to help describe the various reasons why you should talk to your child about their surrogate birth, and how to do it in the most appropriate and tactful way possible. Should I tell my child about their birth via egg do...

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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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