Inside the mind of a surrogate: “…this is for someone else. It is not your baby to give up. It’s their baby from the start.”

CBS News Sunday Morning profiled a couple who were expecting the birth of their first child. Faced with fertility problems, Melissa and Michael Musman from Brooklyn, New York is working with a surrogate carrier to help them build their family.

New Jersey lawyer, and ProudParenting.com sponsor, Melissa Brisman successfully matched the couple with their surrogate carrier.

Mary Beth Whitehead agreed to carry a baby for the New Jersey couple, using the father’s sperm and her egg, which meant Whitehead was the baby’s biological mother.

Melissa Brisman also works with several gay clients. Gina, a surrogate mother, delivered twins (Iris and Ivory) for their parents – Tom Pistula and Jeffrey Lui [all pictured]. Tom is a college professor; Jeffrey an accountant. Iris and Ivory were conceived with an egg provided by an egg bank and sperm supplied by Jeffrey.

Gina says, “You go into it with the thought that this is for someone else. It is not your baby to give up. It’s their baby from the start. And the end is the reward: The end is being able to deliver this baby and turn it over to the parents. And see, they’ve been waiting for years for this to happen. And it finally happens when they’re holding their own child. And it’s so worth it.”

WATCH THE CBS NEWS REPORT:

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