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July 25, 2019

In this Surrogate Spotlight, we feature Erika, who shares with us the story of her journeys with AFS!

1) Please summarize your surrogacy journey thus far.

When I first applied for my surrogacy journey I thought it would take forever. To my surprise, it was fast! From the moment I applied, I already had Erin on the phone with me walking me through the next step. The matching was one of my favorite moments of the process. By Carey’s magic, I was matched with my IPs. I say by magic because it was as if we were all made for this, we match in every wa...

July 11, 2019

This week we are featuring our fantastic Surrogate Coordinator, Tawni Boedeker. As a direct support link for our surrogates, she is an integral member of our team.

1) What do you do at AFS and what do you love most about your position?  

I am a Surrogate Coordinator here at AFS. I absolutely love being able to connect with women who all have a huge heart and one goal in mind -  to grow a family. We laugh together, cry together, and constantly get to chat about pregnancy. I hope that I "pick them up" as much as they pick me up on my worst of...

May 15, 2017

AFS loves our families! In our new series "Meet the Parents," we're sharing stories of surrogacy from the IP perspective.

1) What is your name, location and the name and age of your baby?

Our names are Ori and Erez; we live in Tel Aviv, Israel. Our sweet daughter is seven months old and her name is Roni.

2) What one word would best describe your surrogacy experience?


3) What is the best thing about parenthood so far?

The deep connection with Roni, which grows stronger every day. It fills our hearts with infinite love and great happ...

February 28, 2017

It has taken me awhile to decide what I wanted to say about my transfer experience, and I think that is because the experience was so quick and easy, but also emotional and long anticipated.

In the days and hours leading up to the transfer, I felt full of nervousness and excitement. I was always a little worried that something would go wrong and the whole thing would be called off. My husband could testify that I was a little bit grumpy as a result.

Luckily nothing catastrophic happened, and we dropped the kids off with a sitter and sat in the w...

February 18, 2017

Starting medications was so exciting, because it felt like a big step towards making everything real. I am normally healthy, so it has been weird putting so much unusual stuff into my body. I have also gotten more flinch-y around needles and I'm looking forward to being done with the jabs.

That said, there is something I like about being meticulous and organized, and doing my part every day to help the process along. Next step: transfer!

Surrogacy is a long and exciting journey, and Nicole has invited us to join her for hers from start to finis...

April 8, 2016

This week, we asked Whitney what brought her to surrogacy and to share a few words of wisdom about her journey thus far.

1) What made you decide to become a surrogate?

A few years ago my close friend was attempting to get pregnant through assisted reproduction. Before I watched her go through this experience, I was naive to the challenges and struggles the LGBTQ community faces to create something that happened so easily for me...a family.  I knew I had to do whatever I could to help, and being a gestational surrogate was an easy conclusion. It h...

February 26, 2016

Occasionally, we like to feature a spotlight on one of our awesome AFS team members. This week, we are featuring our Surrogate Intake Coordinator, Tawni Boedeker.

What do you do at AFS and what do you love most about your position?

I recently became the Surrogate Intake Coordinator with AFS. I absolutely love having the first contact with potential surrogates, explaining the process and hearing the stories of what brought them to surrogacy. At AFS, we are able to follow right alongside the journeys of our surrogates and it's such a fun experience...

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