When Kim Kardashian came forward a few years ago stating that she would be working with a gestational surrogate to have her third child, the media exploded. It seemed like everyone had something to say about Kim’s choice, and very little of it was kind. Even the people I knew who didn’t typically follow celebrityContinue reading “The myth of the vain Intended Mother”
Perhaps we’re biased, because we’re in the thick of it now, but finding the right match is probably the most difficult part of the surrogacy journey. While surrogacy doesn’t require a paid agency in Canada, it is often a helpful resource for IPs and surrogates alike. We are going to break down our agency evaluationContinue reading “Picking an agency (or going ‘indy’): Part 1”
“Oh, you can’t carry on your own? Why don’t you just adopt?” This is something I’ve heard a number of times. So far, I’ve answered it just about the same to everyone: that it’s important to my partner and I to try to have biological children for the same reasons it was before we realizedContinue reading ““Why don’t you just adopt?””
IVF and surrogacy journeys vary greatly from person to person, but all stories share one common element: they begin with a suite of baseline tests. Zane and I got to enjoy our first round of testing recently, something we’re sharing in two parts below. Note: these tests were ordered by our doctors based on ourContinue reading “Baseline testing”
In our extensive research into Canadian surrogacy, Zane and I have heard over again about the importance of picking who will be on our ‘team.’ We’re going to be investing a huge amount of trust in everyone we work with. Since the stakes are incredibly high, these have to be quality picks. So far, we’veContinue reading “Drafting the ‘team’”
So…what’s the deal with gestational surrogacy? Unlike in other parts of the world, surrogacy in Canada is entirely altruistic–meaning that a surrogate can only carry a pregnancy unselfishly, and not for any sort of compensation. The laws that govern surrogacy in Canada stem from the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, 2004 or the AHRA. The lawContinue reading “How does surrogacy work in Canada?”
Why I’ll be using a gestational surrogate for my pregnancy.