Have you ever wondered about becoming a surrogate? For the past few months, we have followed Denver surrogate Kristi’s journey with ConceiveAbilities, a Denver egg donor and surrogacy agency that has helped thousands of families for nearly 25 years.
In Part 1, Kristi shares why she became a surrogate and how much money a Denver surrogate at Conceiveabilities makes.
In Part 2, Kristy explains the matching process with her intended family, pregnancy and delivery.
Here in Part 3 of our series, Kristi talks about her recovery during the “Fourth Trimester” if she is still in contact with the baby’s family and her biggest life lesson after becoming a surrogate mother in Denver.
Did you feel support and encouragement after delivery?
My intended parents were very supportive after delivery, messaging me and checking in on my recovery. My daughter was incredibly helpful as well as friends and family who all checked in on me too.
What was recovery like for you? Emotionally? Physically?
I have never had a c-section before, so it took me a little time to recover afterward. Emotionally, you still go through the same hormone drop after having a baby. But the upside of being a surrogate is that after delivery you really get to focus on yourself postpartum.
What was the biggest life lesson from your surrogacy journey?
This experience reminded me how grateful I am for my daughter and how grateful I am for my own fertility. I think too many of us take having children for granted. Surrogacy was a humbling experience.
How is your relationship with the intended family and surro baby?
I wanted a close relationship with my surrogate family. We keep in contact through phone calls, FaceTime and in-person visits. I understand not all surrogates and intended parents want a close relationship, and that is okay. Some prefer just the yearly Christmas card or maybe an email update. Not me, we are a team — Team Peanut (my surrogate belly buddy’s nickname is Peanut)!
What would you tell another woman who is considering becoming a surrogate?
Surrogacy is not a quick payday. While compensation is helpful, money comes and goes. Surrogacy needs to come from the heart. You really need to be in it to help others! This is a physical and emotional process. It is a commitment!
Watch Kristi’s surrogacy journey on Colorado’s Best.
ConceiveAbilities: Looking Out For Its Colorado Surrogates
If you are thinking about becoming a surrogate in Colorado, ConceiveAbilities Surrogacy Agency in Denver delivers a comprehensive plan to ensure a successful fourth-trimester recovery, from the start of pregnancy and based on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists standard of care.
As a surrogate with ConceiveAbilities, you will have a personalized consultation covering the facts behind, and options for:
- Doula care and birth preparation
- Physical therapy
- Fitness / movement
- Monthly Q&A sessions with rotating experts throughout pregnancy
ConceiveAbilities is proud to offer the first-of-its-kind All-In Surrogate Care and Compensation Program. The surrogate pay package is the highest of any surrogacy agency. As a surrogate in Denver with ConceiveAbilities, your estimated base surrogate pay is $52,000 plus an additional $5,000 for a limited time. After you have qualified, a surrogate engagement team member will provide you with a personalized compensation package including your personal Match Manager, legal and insurance support and monthly care packages.
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