Every surrogacy story is special, and yours is no exception. That’s why we’re so excited about our Storytellers series.
This week we’re hearing from Ashley, who had two journeys with SPS before becoming a case manager with us! Learn what inspired her to become a surrogate, why she chose SPS, and her amazing experience delivering twins.
Why Ashley decided to become a surrogate
As a teenager, I thought a lot about being an egg donor. I didn’t plan to have kids of my own and I thought of egg donation as a great way to help people in my own way. Well, things changed and two surprise kids later, I still wanted to help someone have children of their own.
My pregnancies were easy and not planned at all. So, I thought about surrogacy. My husband was on board with it and actually knew a guy at work whose wife was currently pregnant as a surrogate and got the name of the company—SPS!
The beginning of Ashley’s journey with SPS
My first surrogacy journey began in 2011. I reached out on their website and Michelle called me pretty quickly. She was so nice! The process was fairly quick and I was matched with a wonderful couple. We actually had our in-person meeting with them on my husband’s birthday! They were so sweet.
Things moved pretty fast and soon I was pregnant with twin boys! I still remember the ultrasound where we all saw the two little heartbeats for the first time. The IPs cried and it was just an amazing feeling seeing how happy they were.
Ashley’s pregnancy and delivery
Even though I was pregnant with twins, my pregnancy was fairly easy. I didn’t have any bedrest and the babies grew perfectly. The whole pregnancy was great. The IPs were at all the appointments they could be, along with my CM (case manager). I was induced at 37 weeks, five days with the twins. I delivered much faster than anyone thought I would!
Baby A was born weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces and Baby B was born seven minutes later weighing 6 pounds, five ounces. Both parents were in the room. I remember looking over just after Baby B was born and seeing the dad. He gave me a big smile and a thumbs up from across the room.
“That was amazing; let’s do it again!”
I was able to visit with the IPs and the babies while in the hospital and my oldest, who was 5 years old at the time, was able to see them as well. The feeling was incredible. I can’t even explain how happy I was for what I had done and for the parents to be able to have the family they were told they couldn’t have on their own.
As my husband was driving away from the hospital on our way home, he said to me “That was amazing; let’s do it again!”
Cristie called me a few weeks later to ask me if I’d do it again, and I of course said yes! She already had a couple in mind she wanted to match me with. Cristie is amazing like that.
Thank you for being a part of Storytellers, Ashley!
Learn More About Becoming a Surrogate with Surrogate Parenting Services
Surrogate Parenting Services is proud to celebrate 30 Years of helping to bring dreams to life! Founded in 1990, Surrogate Parenting Services (SPS) is a full-service surrogacy program that offers both parties an exceptionally supportive environment throughout the surrogacy relationship. We’re passionate about creating ideal matches between surrogates and intended parents, so the journey is fulfilling for both sides and the future child is brought into this world in the best possible circumstances.
Learn more about our Surrogacy Program online or by calling (949) 363-9525.