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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.

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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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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