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parenting for us and our family to feel the most connected to the parenting experience. We wanted the opportunity to plan the arrival of our children carefully, to experience the pregnancy process, to be there for the birth, and to start caring for them from day one as parents. PLEASE TELL US ABOUT THE PROCESS.

The process was fairly complicated, but overall very smooth once we got the ball rolling. We worked with Jackie Gorton, nurse attorney specializing in egg donation and surrogacy, which was extremely helpful. Jackie guided us through the process, including finding a donor and a surrogate that was a mutual match for building our family. We were very lucky, and everyone was extremely caring, helpful, compassionate, and supportive. It took an army of people including us, the surrogate, the egg

decisions and managed the schedule and requirements carefully to keep things moving smoothly, again with the help of our agency and countless others! We made it through a huge amount of paperwork, check-ups, check-ins, tests, and appointments, working closely with a supportive team to maintain progress and ensure a successful experience. Again, we feel very lucky for the team of amazing people who helped guide us and carry us through this process.

Our main goal is to raise happy, healthy, balanced, passionate, and loving people who make the world a better place. We want to be the best parents we can be.

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU HAVE HAD TO FACE DURING THIS PROCESS?

to help ensure you are successful in building your family. Choose a surrogate who will allow you to be part of the pregnancy process. It’s a very special time in your life; enjoy it.

Paperwork! As described above, the process involved a very large number of people, checkpoints, tests, appointments, fees... you name it. We eventually had to let go in some cases and just go with it. It was like a parttime job for several months from the

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO COUPLES THINKING ABOUT SURROGACY?

Go for it! Be organized, use a good agency, don’t cut corners, and spend time finding and building a great team to help you through the process and

- Corey and Noe Photographed by Mary Bea Photography www.jackiegortonnurseattorney.com

Y donor, the agent, two lawyers, a genetic counselor, a psychologist, our regular doctors, laboratory technicians, our OB and her hospital staff, along with of course the fertility clinic (doctors, nurses, and many others). Oh, and of course a public notary once or

time we chose the egg donor to the time of the frozen embryo transfer with our surrogate. And then the real fun began, experiencing the pregnancy with our amazing surrogate and hospital staff who were incredibly caring, genuine, professional, and friendly.

twice. We started the process around July 2014, and our kids were born in November, 2015; we stayed on top of

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR GOALS AS NEW PARENTS?

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