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I recently helped another family become parents through surrogacy, and below is a little bit about my journey.  The journey was so amazing and beyond my dreams, so it is difficult to put in words.  I hope you are inspired to help others after reading this, as giving the gift of life has been one …

Beta Test Julie S’ Surrogacy Journey Vol. 8 On the morning of 12 days post embryo transfer (or 12dpt), I was finally off to the lab to get my blood drawn.  This test is the “official” pregnancy test issued by the reproductive clinic.  I had been taking home pregnancy tests for a while and was pretty …

Embryo Transfer Julie S’ Surrogacy Journey Vol. 7    A couple of weeks ago I had another embryo transfer.  I know many surrogates are curious as to what happens at an embryo transfer, so I hope you find this blog helpful!  Every clinic is different and the protocol and requirements are different, so please remember that my experience …

I’m now 8 glorious months into this pregnancy and have found myself to be super lucky to have such an amazing support system. My friends and family have been very positive about everything I’ve been through.  When we told our 5 year old this baby wasn’t ours, he cried for about a minute until I …

Retrospect is a wonderful vantage point. So wonderful, in fact, it should be made into a vacation spot. Looking back, I should have followed my intuition. But, instead, I kept remembering my mother’s bladder control problems after multiple pregnancies. It was a Saturday afternoon when I first thought I was losing bladder control. It was …

Transfer, Pregnant and a Miscarriage Julie S’ Surrogacy Journey Vol. 5 Here’s an overdue update on my journey!  On April 12th we had a very smooth embryo transfer.  We transferred one embryo.  The intended parents accompanied us and my husband and I spent the rest of the day laying in our hotel room.  It’s always such …

                Hi! My name is Jessica and I am so excited to be on this journey for the first time. I just recently turned 30 years old and I was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I currently live about 20 minutes north of that area in …

Starting Cycle Medications Julie S’ Surrogacy Journey Vol. 4 Now that legal clearance has been issued by the attorneys and letters of clearance have been sent to Abundant Beginnings and the fertility clinic, it is time to get ready to start taking the “cycle” medication.  The IVF medication is not carried by all pharmacies, so they are …

Legal Clearance Julie S’ Surrogacy Journey Vol. 3 Things are moving along nicely for my third journey! If you recall, I have had my medical evaluation and have been medically cleared already. The next step was for me to be granted legal clearance.  A surrogate must have legal clearance from her attorney, and legal clearance letters must be sent to the Intended Parents’ …

Hey y’all! My name is Amanda Swaney. My husband and I are originally from Athens, Georgia but we currently live in Newport News, Virginia because my husband is in the Air Force. We have a son named Aiden and he is just the spunkiest little dude that you could ever meet. We love going outside …

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