Surrogacy Is One Way My Family Can Give Back
“We’re not rich people … but it’s one way our family can give back in a really big way.” – R.P., 32, Austin, Texas, married, mother of 2
I have been a surrogate mother three times (twins in February 2007 and a little boy in June 2008), and I’m about to give birth this month to my fourth surrogate baby. The best part is knowing you did this for the right reasons when you deliver the baby and the parents finally see him or her. But there are a lot of sacrifices a surrogate makes. There are hormone shots that my husband had to help me take for three months, prior to the transfer and then almost through the first trimester.
I’m one of the fortunate people that is “good” at being a surrogate mother. Every embryo that doctors have transferred has ended with a full-term healthy baby. That’s rare. After my first time as a surrogate, I waited three years before doing it again. Addicting is not the right word, but the ability to help someone else is a very good feeling.