Sally Had Her Kids, But She Was Not Done Carrying Babies
Sally enjoys everything outdoors, including daily walks with her dog and attending her daughter’s horseback riding lessons. She is very laid back, and her dream vacation is to visit Greece. She has been a surrogate before, and her husband and friends are very supportive during the process.
Why have you decided to become a surrogate?
I absolutely loved being pregnant! I have had such easy pregnancies it only made sense to me to carry for someone else. I knew that after having 2 kids of my own that we were finished growing our own family, and I was ready to help
Have you been a surrogate more than once?
I have been a surrogate twice! I’m currently in the process to complete a 3rd journey.
How did your family react to the idea of surrogacy?
My husband thought it was a crazy idea. After I explained the process and how it was the intended parents’ embryo, he was much more receptive to the idea. Our kids (9,6) think it is totally normal now that I have done it twice!
What was most challenging for you throughout your surrogacy process?
I would say the most challenging thing for me throughout this process was after delivery. Not emotionally but physically. When you deliver your own child, you have that baby at home to make you slow down and rest. When you deliver a surrogate baby you don’t have that afterwards! It can be so hard to remember you just delivered a baby and need to lay down!
What was most rewarding?
When you finally deliver and get to see your intended parents become parents! You grow your relationship with the IP’s throughout the process. It really is so amazing to know you helped them grow their family!
Is there anything you wish you knew before becoming a surrogate?
One thing I wished I had known before becoming a surrogate was just how time consuming it really is. You will have multiple ultrasounds and lab draws before even transferring. And then again after transfer until you are released to your OB. They need to be done on certain days as well. It’s so important to follow protocol!
What advice would you give to someone beginning her surrogacy journey?
I would tell all new surrogates to be flexible. Don’t stress if timelines change! It’s all part of the process. I would also tell them to be understanding. Your intended parents have most likely gone through so much loss once they reach the point of needing a surrogate. They will need updates on appointments and how everything is progressing often.