At the IP’s request, once I obtained medical clearance the next step was to make an appointment with a local OB/GYN for an IUD (intrauterine device) removal. I had a ParaGard placed 12 weeks after my second daughter was born. The ParaGard is a hormone free birth control which was why I found it ideal while taking a break from family planning. For more information on the ParaGard, visit their website http://www.paragard.com/What-is-Paragard.aspx
The OB/GYN practice that I selected came highly recommended in Round Rock called Oakwood Women’s Centre which is next to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center. However, I won’t be back for OB/GYN appointments until after I’ve been cleared by the IVF Dr which is typically after the first trimester.
I received an email from Life IVF Clinic letting me know that all of the blood results from my husband and I had come in and that I was officially medically cleared.
Commence a happy dance! That is another major milestone in my surrogate journey.
Medical clearance day has arrived! And what a day it was too. Below is the rough timeline of my day (one day) simply because so much happened that I had to bullet it.
3:00 am ~ Leave home on a shuttle
5:30 am ~ Board plane in Austin
6:45 am ~ Arrive in Las Vegas for an hour layover
8:40 am ~ Arrive in Orange County
Pick up rental car from Enterprise
9:45 am ~ Life IVF for 10 am appointment
1:15 pm ~ Leave Life IVF
1:30 pm ~ Meet my mom and three of my brothers for lunch
at Javier’s at Irvine Spectrum
3:30 pm ~ Return rental car
4:35 pm ~ Depart Orange County
Arrive in Phoenix for what was meant to be a brief stop without getting off the plane. Ended up having to deboard the plane to board a new plane due to maintenance issues. Delayed about an hour.
11:45 pm ~ Arrive in Austin
Late ~ crawl into bed
As I embark on a new life adventure the only natural response is the desire to document. Hopefully my journey will bring inspiration to others while answering questions from the curious.
I am a surrogate.
I’ve received a few curious questions since announcing that I intend to be a gestational surrogate. All valid questions about why I wanted to do this or how I came about getting started, nothing judgmental. Let me answer the big ones now.
Why do you want to be a surrogate?
I have been blessed with smooth pregnancies and deliveries, two of my own so far. For the majority, I quite enjoy being pregnant as well. With that combination and my desire to help people is the driving force behind my desire to be a Surrogate. So many families have such a terrible time with infertility for a wide variety of reasons, I feel privileged to offer the gift of life. Their child(ren) and my body helping bring them into this world.
How did you become a surrogate?
A good friend of mine is an experienced surrogate and now works at an agency for egg donation and surrogacy. I had expressed my desire to be a surrogate when the timing was right for my family. She contacted me about setting up my profile and it could not have been better timing. Once my initial onslaught of paperwork was complete, my profile was put into the database for intended parents (IP’s) to review. This began the biggest waiting period. Soon I had almost forgotten about having submitted my profile. My husband and I started to discuss the timing of our own family planning and we decided to delay the surrogacy until after baby #3 had joined our family. A few short months later I received a notice that a couple had selected my profile and would like to meet me via Skype. My husband and I discussed our options and decided I would go ahead and meet the couple. They were lovely! I felt an instant connection and desire to assist in the growth of their family. Apparently the feelings were mutual because I received an email stating they enjoyed meeting me and would be honored if I would be their surrogate. Needless to say we have put #3 on hold indefinitely, if not permanently.
What will you tell your children?
Our children are young, nearly 1 1/2 and 3. The younger won’t understand what is going on. But we will tell the 3 year old that mommy is helping another family have a baby in my belly and that the baby will go with its mommy and daddy when (s)he is born.