From our friends at Northwest Surrogacy Center LLC

Surrogates are generous moms who decide to help another couple facing infertility. Simply put, they give the gift of parenthood.

At Northwest Surrogacy Center, we are so grateful to these amazing women who make the commitment to help a family who can’t have children otherwise. We reached out to two of our surrogates, Kristin and Chelsie, to tell you a little bit about their experience in their own words.

Kristin carried a baby for a family from Oregon and went on to help another couple from New York. Chelsie carried a baby for a family from China.

Why did you want to become a surrogate?

Gosh, if I had a nickel for every time I have been asked this! My answer has always been three-fold: 1. I love being a mother and couldn’t imagine wanting to be a parent and not being able to accomplish this on my own. I wanted to help a family grow. 2. I have had easy pregnancies and figured if my body was good at this, I could share it. 3. Financially, surrogacy could help our family as well. *Win-win!*

Becoming a mom completely changed my life in the most unimaginable way. My son is six and I cannot imagine my world without him. After watching several friends face infertility, I realized I could help others who were unable to have their own children. After almost six months of research and thinking about the impact surrogacy would have on me and my son, I reached out to Northwest Surrogacy Center and made one of the most rewarding decisions of my life.

Was the surrogacy pregnancy different from being pregnant with your own children?

Absolutely. This is another favorite question from family and friends (though often not worded as eloquently). Entering into this process you know you’re doing it to benefit another family, so your mind is always with that family. For many reasons, it is so much more relaxed than being pregnant with your own. Put simply, there is so much less to plan for!

What was the birth like? Were the intended parents in the room?

This is my favorite part. We called to let them know it was go-time and met in the triage area. I knew the baby would come fast, but they made me walk the halls for a while before admitting me. When they gave us a room, my husband and I turned on some good tunes and went about what worked best for us the two previous labors. The parents were in the room knitting and working remotely while I labored. We laughed and joked between contractions and soon it was time to push. They were there for skin-to-skin contact and cut the cord, and then stayed in the room for about an hour until they were able to get their own room. I held the baby later that day after they had time to themselves. Watching their faces as they became parents was indescribable, and both my husband and I shed some tears witnessing that momentous event. I was unbelievably lucky to share that with them.

Our birth plan included the dads arriving in Oregon when I was 38 weeks so they wouldn’t miss the birth. But babies have their own schedule and the baby was born healthy and happy at 37 weeks! Even though the parents missed his actual birth, they arrived just 48 hours later, and watching them meet their son was so special. The nurses packed themselves in the room, too, and we all cried the happiest of tears. I helped them become parents! They were so full of love, joy, awe, excitement, and nervousness at being new parents, but never stopped checking in on me to make sure I was doing well.  

If you would like to learn more about helping a couple have a baby while earning generous compensation for your own family, contact the team at Northwest Surrogacy Center!

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