Embracing the Surprising: Sueann’s Surrogacy Story

Ever surprise what would occur when you mixed a global household constructing journey with a worldwide pandemic and a shock supply? If that’s the case, this story is for you!

Rising Generations surrogate Sueann by no means imagined so many challenges and modifications would come up throughout the course of. Nonetheless, she discovered herself with wonderful relationships and loads of significant moments to have fun. We spoke with Sueann about her expertise and what she’ll bear in mind most about her surrogacy.

Sueann at her embryo transfer with Dr. Kolb and her husband
Embryo switch time with Dr. Kolb

Whereas there have been some COVID-19 protocols to regulate to, Sueann discovered that the precise technique of turning into pregnant and giving start wasn’t a lot totally different from her earlier experiences. “There have been a couple of additional assessments, as a result of it was an IVF being pregnant,” she defined. “However, pandemic or not, there was no distinction.” 

With the child’s meant dad and mom situated in England, Sueann was well-prepared for digital communication. Regardless of their bodily distance she and her meant dad and mom acquired to know one another effectively as they navigated their first embryo switch, then one other, and at last a 3rd (and profitable) try. They stayed in contact utilizing WhatsApp and began an everyday Saturday cellphone chat. The meant dad and mom have been even capable of video chat with Sueann throughout lots of the physician’s appointments. 

“My relationship with the dads was [and] is wonderful!” she enthused. “This journey took us two years, so we acquired to know one another and our households. We ship one another flowers for large milestones.”

Sueann at 12 weeks of pregnancy.
12 weeks pregnant

Sueann remembers the thrill and setbacks of IVF as unforgettable components of the method. ”The primary — and generally further — time you could have an embryo switch,” she mentioned. “There may be such build-up earlier than with meds, and assessments, and screening. Then, you get to the large day and it’s so fantastic and wonderful. I cried each time, as a result of it’s the hope that in that second all of us are creating life. It’s very highly effective.” After all, she added, the post-transfer acupuncture, meals, and pampering by her companion additionally contributed to the specialness of the day.

Just like the pandemic itself, Sueann’s supply day was stuffed with the sudden. “My water broke two months early,” she defined. The meant dad and mom had solely simply turned of their paperwork to enter the nation two days prior. “Fortunately, the embassy was capable of accommodate them, they usually have been right here in California later that week.”

The hospital’s customer coverage supplied one more problem. “At first, the hospital mentioned they couldn’t are available till start after which just one,” Sueann recalled. “After speaking to some folks, I used to be capable of have each of them in.”

Sueann spent 12 days within the hospital bonding with the meant dad and mom earlier than delivering through an pressing C-section. “I used to be capable of have one of many dads with me and he was capable of see the child being born,” she remembered. “He held my hand the entire time and was so supportive.”

Sueann baby bump photo with belly buds
Stomach buds and a stomach bump

After supply, the meant dad and mom frolicked with their new child within the NICU, whereas Sueann spent further time within the hospital to get well from a sudden onset of an infection. As soon as she was well-enough, she visited the household frequently to ship breastmilk. 

“I didn’t meet him till he was out a month later,” Sueann defined. “I completely didn’t thoughts, as a result of each of his dads have been there and couldn’t have requested for extra.”

Whereas the birthing expertise didn’t go in response to plan, “the second they pulled the child out, each me and one of many dads had a second of, ‘He’s right here! He’s actually right here!’” Sueann shared. “Attending to see how blissful each of them are and the way a lot love they’ve for his or her son makes the whole lot value it.”

When requested to explain what she’ll bear in mind most about her surrogacy expertise, Sueann singled out a treasured second within the first time that she was capable of see the child’s heartbeat. “It took us three transfers to get to that time, so I didn’t imagine or dare get excited till I might see a heartbeat,” she defined. “We did at 6 weeks! I used to be capable of video with the dads, and I bawled my eyes out. All of us have been so emotional. Like, lastly, we did it.”

Sueann’s recommendation for surrogates, she mentioned, is just persistence. “Simpler mentioned than achieved, however be affected person with your self,” she mentioned. “Be affected person with the method and revel in all of the little milestones that occur throughout the journey. It could take some time to get pregnant and ship, however as soon as it does it feels prefer it occurs so quick!”

Oh, she added, and there is only one extra fast tip: “Pads!” she implored. “Put money into tons and many pads!” 

Rising Generations has adjusted our protocols all through the COVID-19 pandemic to proceed offering protected and memorable journeys for everybody concerned. Whether or not you’re a surrogate, egg donor, or meant guardian, we’re right here for you.  Contact us right this moment to study extra or to get began.