Nicole’s Surrogacy Journey
My dream of having a family of my own was made possible through assisted reproductive technology (ART) and surrogacy. After learning that I could not carry a child myself, my husband and I were devastated and overwhelmed, but our desire to have a child was strong. So, we decided to pursue IVF/gestational surrogacy to have a baby.
Thirteen months after starting the process, our surrogate gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I cannot begin to describe the flood of emotions I felt when my daughter was placed in my arms. I will never forget that day, and my husband and I will forever be grateful for our surrogate. Three years later, we had another wonderful surrogacy journey that resulted in the birth of our son. I have a great respect for any woman who carries a baby for another couple.
Third party reproduction can be confusing and overwhelming to intended parents and gestational surrogates. That’s why I provide guidance and legal representation to intended parents, gestational surrogates and donors. However, what makes me different is my experience as an intended parent who has gone through the surrogacy process three times.
Because I am an infertility survivor and mother by surrogacy, I know firsthand what you will need – support, guidance, communication and a smooth process – and what you will go through when starting your family. My experience also helps me guide you through the financial, emotional and legal aspects of ART and surrogacy.
I can say with confidence that few (if any) attorneys deliver the unique insight I can bring to your journey. From knowing what to expect during the surrogacy process to preventing and resolving problems with your chosen surrogate, I share information, ideas and advice learned as an attorney and as an intended parent.
What’s more, since I’m also an estate planning attorney, I draft estate plans, health care proxies, and guardianship nominations – documentation that’s critical to the surrogacy process. For example, in case of tragedy, my Child Protection Plan names temporary and permanent guardians for the child.