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What I Learned As a Gestational Surrogate

By Carey Flamer Powell

Gestational Surrogate

In October of this year, I gave birth to someone else’s child. He was not biologically related to me in any way, but he grew inside of me for 9 months. His mothers are two wonderful women I am now proud to call part of my chosen family. Over the course of almost two years, we experienced three egg retrievals, two embryo transfers, countless medications and the loss of a...

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Gestational Surrogacy: PHOTOS

By: Kelly Rummelhart

I went into the hospital on Friday June 29th and was discharged Monday July 2nd. Alexander is still in the NICU but looks as if he’ll be discharged in the next few days (if you can believe it!).

Here are some other pictures from his 2nd and 3rd day on earth….

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Gestational Surrogate: Sweet Baby Alexander

By: Kelly Rummelhart

The morning of Friday June 29th, Stacie and I walked into labor and delivery to get my “leaking” checked.

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About 8 hours later we headed to the operating room. Having my best friend with me was an amazing experience. We were only three days apart in our journeys so wanted to document the bellies one last time together before mine turned into a baby.

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The delivery team got me...

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What a Sweet Face!

By: Kelly Rummelhart

Whenever I go in for the 3D/4D ultrasounds, I’m blown away with how much you can see. It’s like getting a sneak peak at the baby . . . you get to see exactly who you will be meeting in a few weeks, AMAZING! So, above is Little Man! The ultrasound tech said that he had TONS of hair and very large feet! I have already heard in the past that his long bone (leg) measured very...

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Mother’s Day

By: Kelly Rummelhart

Here I am. My first Mother’s Day as a single mom. So far, so good. Yesterday the kids and I went with my surro-best friend and her family to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and today we are hanging out at the house until we join another friend and her family for an impromptu swim party.

All of my children made me a sweet Mother’s Day Card and the two youngest brought home items...

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Inside Joke

By: Kelly Rummelhart

One of the things that is so awesome about knowing other surrogates is that only they will understand the things that you’ve gone through. A friend of mine, with the help of several other surrogates, has created an awesome page on Tumblr that shares several surro-experiences.

We tried to use people who we consider sexy . . . various races, ages, genders, etc.
Some are funny,...

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Surrogate Sex

By: Kelly Rummelhart

. . . or, for me, a lack there of

The last two weeks we’ve talked about being a single surrogate and I received a great question about having sex as a surrogate, single or otherwise.

Now, I know different agencies have different guidelines, as do the various doctors surrogates will see throughout their pregnancy. There aren’t a lot of universal rules when it comes to your sex...

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Being a Single Surrogate

By: Kelly Rummelhart

 

Two more surrogates share their answers to questions about their experiences as single, gestational surrogates.

Were you single when you applied to be a surrogate? If not, at what point in the process did you become single? Are you single (as in alone) or are you single with a partner, you just aren’t married?

S: First time I was engaged when I applied to be a surrogate. I...

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Being a Single Surrogate

By: Kelly Rummelhart

If you remember, weeks ago I shared with you that after thirteen years together (and eleven married), my marriage ended. We are approaching four months since my husband decided to leave and I have to say that I’m doing great.

I have had several people say in so many words that it is awful that I am pregnant during this. I disagree. I think it would be awful if this were my...

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We’re Over Half Way There!

By Kelly Rummelart

We’re 19 weeks and that makes us half-way to the birthdate of Little Man. Pregnancy is about 40 weeks, however, I’ve never made it that far and know I won’t this time either. When you’ve had a c-section, they usually try to get you scheduled before you go on your own.

Past Babies I’ve birthed
Bio Baby #1- 36 weeks

Bio Baby #2- 38 weeks

Bio Baby #3- 37 weeks

Surro Girlies- 38...

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My Name is Kelly and I’m a Draw Something Addict

By: Kelly Rummelhart

Have you played Draw Something yet? Well I have and I am addicted. It is basically a cross between Pictionary and Hangman.

My surrogate friends have become enablers, so to speak. Nothing like starting a new game and having dozens of women to play with immediately. I currently have about thirteen games going and ten of those are surrogates. I could play against more people but...

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Planting the Seeds of Parenthood

By: Lisa Regula Meyer

My name is Lisa. I’m a graduate student, soon-to-be doctor of philosophy in biology, wife of ten-plus years, mama, and lover of pregnancy. Not kids, by any means, but pregnancy. Kids scare me. They take time. They’re loud. I don’t understand them. They often smell. And they make messes. Don’t get me wrong, I love my son, and I can enjoy children in small doses, but Ken keeps...

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