November 5, 2019

1) Please summarize your surrogacy journey thus far. 

I delivered twins in October 2017. I started the process with AFS in March 2016, was matched by June with my Intended Mothers. The connection from the first Zoom call was amazing and we were so excited. From the embryo transfer, all the way to the end, it was a great pregnancy. I delivered via c-section at 38 weeks. They were loved from the moment they entered into the world.

2) Where are you in your surrogacy journey?

I am almost 2 years postpartum, and recently approved for a second jour...

October 24, 2019

Everyone is different, and pregnancy is never the same from one individual to the next. When fertility or pregnancy complications occur, one may begin to consider surrogacy. For some, pregnancy presents a number of complications:

Infertility

The issue of infertility has given way to a number of revolutionary techniques and medical solutions for becoming pregnant. However, for some, undergoing endless reproductive treatments can prove to be mentally and physically exhausting. When that happens, surrogacy might be a good option to consider. 
 

Repro...

October 18, 2019

When choosing a surrogacy agency, it’s important to pick an agency that you feel best fits with your outlook and lifestyle, whatever that may be. As an LGBTQ+ individual, your experience of surrogacy, like any other important decision-making process, should be informed by those who know the intimate details of the process and what you will go through.

As the surrogacy industry develops, it has become more common than ever for LGBTQ+ couples to add to their families with the process of gestational surrogacy. Of course, the process for LGBTQ+ coup...

October 16, 2019

1) Please summarize your surrogacy journey thus far. 

I started my first surrogacy journey in June 2016, matched with an IP from China in October 2016, transferred two embryos in March 2017, then delivered twin boys in November 2017. I matched for my second journey in March 2018, but that match fell through in April, then I rematch with an amazing couple from Israel in August 2018. We transferred two embryos in December 2018, then just delivered a baby girl in August 2019. 

2) Where are you in your surrogacy journey?

I recently completed my s...

October 10, 2019

1) What do you do at AFS?

What do you love most about your position?  

I get to participate in all parts of a surrogates journey, from beginning to end by helping a potential surrogate with the intake process, and once the journey is complete I help tie up all the loose ends. I love ALL parts of my job, but knowing that I have a part in creating families is very rewarding. I also love helping surrogates reach their goal, I loved my journey and being able to help another woman complete theirs is so fulfilling. 

2) Where were you born and raised? W...

October 4, 2019

1) Please summarize your surrogacy journey thus far.

My journey has been amazing! From the approval process, to matching with intended parents all the way through contracts, medication cycle, pregnancy, delivery and afterwards. 

2) Where are you in your surrogacy journey?
My first Surrogacy journey is over. My belly buddies turned 1 years old in September. We keep in touch still with weekly updates. I definitely made new family for life. I am in the contract phase in my second journey, hoping to carry twins again!

3) Tell us a little about yoursel...

September 23, 2019

1) Please introduce yourself and your babies:

My name is Maggie, my husband is Kyle and our babies names are Forest and Fern. We also have a six year old named Hazel.

2) How would you describe your surrogacy experience?

I would have given anything to be able to carry my babies myself but due to a life threatening medical condition I could not. I was so nervous to ask such an enormous thing of another woman and I had no idea what to expect. Our experience with surrogacy was nothing less than magical. When we were paired with our surrogate everythin...

September 13, 2019

Once you’ve made the big decision to become a surrogate, it’s time to explore the next steps. A gestational surrogacy agency will help you navigate the journey and well as matching you with intended parents. The agency will guide you throughout the medical and legal stages of surrogacy, and will provide support and feedback for the entirety of your journey. 

If you don’t have experience with a surrogacy agency at all, it’s important to be on the lookout for specific agency services, their reputation, and how the agency handles your journey.

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September 11, 2019

Surrogacy is a long and detailed process for both the surrogate and intended parents. When looking into surrogacy, the most common questions are: what does surrogacy mean, and what does the process entail?  

When thinking of surrogacy in general, some may initially think about what is understood as traditional surrogacy. The difference between gestational and traditional surrogacy is that a gestational surrogate will have no genetic connection to the child, whereas traditional surrogacy includes a process of artificial insemination, where a...

September 6, 2019

1) Please introduce yourselves and your baby

Hi there! We are Kfir and Yaniv Benisho-Weizman from Tel Aviv, Israel. We have a beautiful daughter named Shay, born in Portland in 2018 via surrogacy.  We've been married for over a decade, and from the very beginning of our relationship we knew we wanted to have children. Shay is our biggest dream come to life and we are so happy with her. We can't wait to have a sibling for her!

2) How would you describe your surrogacy experience?

We would describe surrogacy as a journey- mostly emotionally, but for...

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