Circle Surrogacy is celebrating #1500circlebabies all month long, by highlighting the amazing stories from their own employees, many of whom have participated in surrogacy journeys as surrogates or intended parents. Callie, a Program Coordinator, shares her story as a surrogate. Callie brought twins into the Circle family, babies #753 and #754.
Callie answers 5 questions about her journey as a surrogate.
How would you describe your Intended Parents?
If I had to pick just 3 words: genuine, selfless and warm hearted.
Though there really aren’t enough words to describe my IP’s and their extended family. They welcomed my entire family into theirs, and they will forever have a special spot in my heart.
What did being a surrogate mean to you?
Being a surrogate was the most humbling experience of my life.
What was “delivery day” like?
The day the babies were born was absolutely amazing and will forever be etched in my heart. It is almost hard to share because we keep it so close to our hearts—dear to our hearts—and don’t want to taint it.
I will say, I was the only one in the maternity ward that received flowers and beer for a delivery gift. I think the beer was intended for Andy, but I like to think it was for me (it was sent from the intended Grandpas!)
The room was filled with happy tears. My OBGYN had delivered all 4 of my own children and was honored to be able to deliver the twins. The atmosphere was so lighthearted and joyful. The boys were so loved, and it was evident before they were born.
How did you know your IPs were the ones for you?
My better half and I immediately knew our IP’s were the ones for us. We felt so connected to them, it sounds cliché, but we ‘just knew’. We adore them!
What would you say to a woman who was thinking about being a surrogate?
My greatest gift in life has been the birth of my four children. I began this journey with the motivation of wanting to give that experience to someone who could have otherwise never had the option, but I have gained so much more. My family has learned about the compassion of the human spirit and we have gained an entire new family. Very few times in life can someone say they have had an experience so overwhelmingly moving that you can look another person in the eyes and have an entire conversation without saying a word. Ultimately, I was given the greatest gift of all. I was entrusted with the twins for eight months and able to give them back to their parents, healthy and happy.
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