Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ask Me About My Uterus . . .

As much as I'd LOVE to do a third journey, I'm having an insurance issue that is making it almost impossible. I won't go into specifics just yet and we haven't exhausted every option but it's starting to look like my days of being a Pregnant Surrogate are over . . . a type of "menopause" you might say ;)

Surrogacy has made such a huge impact on my life and I am not ready to give up. If I can't be a Surrogate for the third time, I can still help support current Surrogates and be a Consultant for Surrogacy Agencies. I have created a new business, Just the Stork Consulting, that I'm very excited about. We have already been contracted with one of the oldest and largest professional surrogacy agencies in the world, Growing Generations. I am not going to discuss my business model and research methods but I am very excited to work with Surrogates as an advocate and to make sure they truly feel supported in their journey. Later, Just the Stork Consulting will approach other agencies to offer them assistance as well, reaching even more Surrogates.

Something that I've been doing for years and will now do a lot more of, is talking openly about Surrogacy. When I told my family that I was going to do a second surrogacy journey, my mother in law said, "Kelly, you can't help every gay couple have a baby . . . " but I beg to differ ;) Sure, I can't carry thousands of babies but I can help find great Surrogacy candidates! My goal has always been to try to educate people on Surrogacy in hopes that someone might hear my story, and say to themself, "Hey, I could totally do that!"

So now, my new goal is to Recruit! Recruit! Recruit! Besides blogging and tweeting about Surrogacy, I need to step up my game. I have been brainstorming ways to get Surrogacy "Out There" and a few things have come to mind. One is educating other Surrogates about openly discussing Surrogacy and some other ideas about what else I can do myself.

One funny thing that I came up with is playing off all the bumper stickers you see for various products- so here's the new Bumper Sticker I'm having made. I'm sure it will get a lot of people confused . . . maybe even confused enough to visit my blog and in doing so, have their eyes opened to Surrogacy.

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It's been awhile since my last Bumper Sticker Creation, so I thought it was time to create a new one. Your thoughts in the Comments!

10 comments:

Stephanie said...

Kelly I think this is awesome. Coming from someone who is new at this and still in the beginning of the surrogacy process I appreciate any info or advice I can find. Your has been the most helpful, esp having been through it already. I dont know anyone who has been a surrogate so educating everyone more on the topic would really help:) thanks for all your help so far kelly!!!

Madgew said...

Love this Kelly.

cheldi said...

Awesome! I'm still in the early stages (paperwork) of becoming a surrogate myself, with GG. I love your blog and how real and honest you are about it.

Surrogate, Single Parent and Dating... said...

Love all of it - you're doing a great thing!

Krystal said...

I LOVE it!! I'll totally sport that bumper sticker! I've been trying to think of ways that I can open up minds to the world of surrogacy as well, and have even considered working for my agency once I'm done. Keep up the great work!

Amity said...

I love the bumper sticker!! And I have greatly enjoyed all that you have shared through your blog. I am nearing the end of my first journey and while it was harder than I anticipated (medical issues) I want to know that I can help another family realize a dream! Thanks for all of your honesty and continuing to talk about life after pregnancy.

Ashley said...

You are the greatest!!! It's so amazing how many surrogates need support out there during their journey. I feel really fortunate to be able to help as many people I can who have opened up to me and sought out my support. I never thought I could be this helpful to some people and I feel really good about the few girls I am currently "mentoring" at the moment. I think talking to someone who has already gone through the whole thing just helps a ton for women just starting out and I think what you are doing is great!!! Let me know if I can be of help, especially dealing with triple love =)

Susan said...

The dreaded insurance issues. Ugh. I am in the beginning stages of surrogacy number four and at serious risk of being considered a serial surrogate. Good luck with your business.

PretaniVirago said...

I don't know why but I saw 'blogging and tweeting' and my brain said, 'bleeting!'. And then I pictured sheep and cavorting lambs and then...Sorry - tangential thinking again.
Great idea on the consulting thing - well wishes and all that.
Cheers,
-P

RebekahRose said...

I just want to wish you MUCH success in your new venture and I think that bumpersticker will definitely get some attention for your site! :D