Q&A with a surrogate: She helped two gay men become parents in 2004. Learn more about one woman’s extraordinary journey.

The relationship between two men and Anne took place between Oregon and New York. Here she answers our questions about surrogacy – and offers insight about her inspirational path as a surrogate.

PP: The growth of the Internet has helped many women learn about surrogacy, but before it existed, most information was found in libraries, through friends, or friends-of-friends. When and how did you first learn about surrogacy

Anne: I was flipping through a free parenting magazine at home and saw an ad for Growing Generations. It immediately piqued my interest and I started looking up information online. I actually didn’t meet any other surrogates until I was pregnant.

PP: What path did you take to learn more about it

Anne: I looked at the GG website, of course. Mostly I read about other families’ experiences through blogs. I also talked at length to the surrogacy coordinator at GG.

PP: How did you first make contact with the parent(s)

Anne: The surrogacy agency set up a meet-and-greet with the potential parents.

PP: Everyone has a biological clock – even men. How many times have you been a surrogate?

Anne: Only once, but I’ve considered it again recently.

PP: How old were you when you decided to become a surrogate?

Anne: I was 29 and my son was 15 months old.

PP: How old were you when became a surrogate?

Anne: 30

PP: Did your age affect the timing of your surrogacy experience

Anne: Not really, I believe most agencies will accept surrogates into their late 30’s.

PP: Self-appointed moralists have views about surrogacy that seem limited to many of us. Some surrogates won’t help gays or lesbians. But even surrogates liberal enough to help lesbians and gay men may have issues with kids raised in single-parent households. When did you first consider helping a gay person with surrogacy

Anne: I actually never considered having a baby for a hetero couple. It seems to me that if a hetero couple is going through surrogacy it is their “last resort”. There are too many negative emotions associated with that for me to have a positive experience as a surrogate. With a gay man (or couple) this is an awesome opportunity to have a genetic link in the world. I felt like it would be a fun, exciting adventure full of hope and joy.

PP: Were you a surrogate for a single person or a couple

Anne: A couple of great guys.

PP: Did the relationship status of the parent have any influence on your decision to match?

Anne: I guess I’d have to say it didn’t hurt my decision. Having a baby is such a huge responsibility, just having someone else there for emotional support is a blessing. Ultimately it depends on the support structure of the intended parent. If there’s a lot of support from other family members, it’s not for me to judge whether or not that’s enough support.

PP: Can you name 3 reasons you became a surrogate?

Anne: One of the biggest reasons was that I felt good about being able to do it. I didn’t want to look back on my life and be disappointed that I missed an opportunity. I also wanted a do-over for my first pregnancy. I was so nervous (neurotic really) that I didn’t really enjoy the experience. And, I was pretty sure I was done having kids of my own, but maybe I wanted to “try it on” again before making a final decision.

PP: Do you intend to pursue surrogacy again?

Anne: I have seriously considered surrogacy again. I enjoyed the experience a lot! So far, I haven’t found the right person or couple to get me to commit yet.

PP: Did you meet any opposition from friends or family when deciding on becoming a surrogate?

Anne: Yes! It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever encountered. Friends that I’d known for years were sort of angry about it asking why I’d do such a thing. My response to them was – why not? In the end, I didn’t lose any friends over it. I think everyone made their peace with it. I think the biggest worry for them was that they thought I’d want to keep the baby. My husband on the other hand had fun fueling the fire with comments like, “Yeah, my wife’s having another man’s baby…”

PP: I’ve probably left out a question or two. Is there anything you’d like to add?

Anne: In the beginning, like anything, it was fun and exciting. I had convinced myself long before the embryo transfer that this was not my child. The first trimester was a long road for me. I had to inject myself with hormones daily to trick my body into thinking I was pregnant so I wouldn’t reject the embryos. Then I had weekly appointments with my doctor to make sure everything was progressing smoothly.

It was a little weird to be carrying something that was not a genetic part of myself. However as the pregnancy progressed and I started to feel the baby move it became less weird and more exciting again. It also helped that I was not having to inject myself with hormones daily at that point.

From then on, it was just like a regular pregnancy. Just long stretches of boredom broken up my moments of excitement.

Of course the birth was the most exciting part! The intended parents were in the room for the whole thing. I know a lot of people are sort of taken back by that. But how could I not let them see their baby being born? It seemed like the right thing to do. Besides, once you’re in the delivery room you pretty much kiss your modesty goodbye anyway.

But I must say that my recovery time was so much quicker without a little one waking me up every 3 hours to eat!

All in all it was a great experience, but one that I blindly walked into. I think that I was lucky that things turned out well. But for sure I can say proudly that I helped create a gorgeous family!

11/07

8 thoughts on “Q&A with a surrogate: She helped two gay men become parents in 2004. Learn more about one woman’s extraordinary journey.

  • September 18, 2007 at 2:53 pm
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    Hi there,
    Just read your interview.
    It brought tears of joy to my eyes…
    I wish you all the happiness in the world and let this beautiful action of your turn into blessing for you in the future.

    Thanks for bringing a child to a happy home.
    Love is all we need… and you are a proof that there is love out there.
    Kleber.

  • September 19, 2007 at 10:25 am
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    thank you for sharing your journey with us. i hope it inspires others to help create families via surrogacy.

    bm

  • October 8, 2007 at 2:47 am
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    I remember. JG

  • October 14, 2007 at 11:37 am
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    If you’re reading this – you should know that you make me very proud to be a woman. Sounds weird, I know. But not everyone is capable of giving such an enormous gift.

    You’ll definitely be going to Heaven. See you there! 🙂

  • December 6, 2007 at 4:40 pm
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    I THINK IT,S THE GREATEST GIFT ANYONE CAN GIVE. I AM INTERESTED IN FINDING A BI RACIAL COUPLE WILLING TO GIVE ME THIS GIFT

  • April 17, 2008 at 9:09 pm
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    hey anne! i’m only 13 years old, but i’m extremely intersted in becoming a surrogate. i think it would be cool. plus, i could help out a couple tremendously that couldn’t concieve on their own. i just want to know the closest age that i could start. (i obviously want to be at least 18, 17 at the absolute youngest.) it sounds like an amazing joy to give birth for somebody who can’t do it on their own!

  • March 31, 2008 at 4:08 pm
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    Dear Anne, I was very touched to read your interview. I can´t thing of any other gift bigger than the one you gave this couple of lucky parents. This child will probably feel that it was wanted, planned and made to be and give happiness. I fullfilled my desire to become a father through adoption 11 yrs ago- and I´m happy about it -but surrogacy had been considered my best option at that time. Bless you!

  • July 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm
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    HI ANNE I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I THINK THAT WAS AWESOMETHAT U DID THAT I AM ALSO TRYING TO GET PREGNANT FOR MY GAY FRIENDS AND I WAS NICE THAT SOMEONE HAS ALREADY DONE IT.. WE HAVENT EVEN GOT PREGNANT YET AND I AM ALREADY GETTING RIDICULED BY PEOPLE FOR GIVE ANOTHER COUPLE THE SAME JOY THAT MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE. I THINK THAT THEY BIGGEST FACTOR THEY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IS THE FACT THAT THEY ARE GAY..ITS NICE TO HEAR THAT IM NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT IS GOING THROUGH THIS THANKS U HELPED CALM MY FEARS

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