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Caledonia, Northern Illinois, United States
I am a Thirty-Something mother of four beautiful girls. My love for them, and the joy I've experienced during this crazy ride called motherhood, has inspired me to help make the dream of a family become a reality for couples through gestational surrogacy. I've proudly helped A&T, as their lives were forever changed when they welcomed a son in April 2010 and K&S were blessed as parents in Sept 2012 when we welcomed their twin boys. I completed my final surrogacy journey Nov 2015 when I helped a wonderful local couple J&W and Big Brother add their family with the birth of twin boys. I am so very fortunate to have wonderful relationships with each one of my surro-families and continue to share in their lives.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Surrogacy Together - Chicago 2014

Last night a few surro-sisters and I made our way to downtown Chicago for the Midwest Surrogacy Together event. It was great to come together with others in the surrogacy community and to meet two of the wonderful couples the organization is sponsoring this year with their surrogacy journeys.  There were so many stories and experiences shared over cocktails and a photo shoot as well.  I can't wait to see and share pictures taken by the photographer which captured multiple representations of third party reproduction and sentiments about surrogacy.

In attendance at the event were Sara and husband Zach who live in Indiana and also Tom and Mario from Chicago. Both couples are working with Surrogacy Together, and with the love and support of friends and family will hopefully realize their dream of parenthood soon.

For years Sara battled with herself trying to accept a body and diagnosis, Mayer-Rokitansky-K├╝ster-Hauser syndrome, that left her unable to carry children. It was a lonely struggle that she felt too embarrassed to talk about. Finally, she realized she had so much to be thankful for. Although she was born without a uterus, she was still blessed with her ovaries and her health. Sara says her husband Zach has been so amazing and supportive through everything and now they are ready to share their love with a baby. A generous friend come forward and offered to be their surrogate and they are beyond excited to start their family. 

Tom and Mario have been together for a little over nine years and will be getting married in June! As a legal married couple they will be given the privileges and responsibilities of equal parental protection. Tom from Michigan, met Mario from California, while both were studying abroad in Madrid, Spain and are one of the happiest and most delightful couples you will ever meet. Just because they are in a same sex relationship should not mean that they must go through life without a family of their own. Thanks to medical advances, the gift of egg donation and Surrogacy Together they will be able to have biological children! These two hope to be given the opportunity like most heterosexual couples to raise children together and can’t wait to be dads! Tom and Mario were recently matched with a surrogate who is completing the screening process and all are anxious to move forward with their journey.

I'm very proud to be a part of the loving surrogate community that shares my passion for helping couples achieve their dream of a family.  I also couldn't be more excited about working as a Surrogate Consultant for Expect Miracles Surrogacy, the agency who's directors Jon and Christy founded the Surrogacy Together campaign.

Wishing all couples the very best and can't wait to follow along with the journeys that are ahead of you.  

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