Karen Erikson is a mom and a former surrogate, who lives in the Inland Empire (Temecula/Murrieta area) and would like others to know what it’s like to become a surrogate.
In 2019 I completed my first surrogacy journey with Extraordinary Conceptions. It is now 2021, and I am halfway through my second journey with them. Both journeys have been absolutely amazing. Knowing that I have helped multiple families achieve their dreams of having a baby gives me an overwhelming sense of joy. Not only do I feel amazing for helping out others, I was able to help my own family as well with the amazing benefits I received as a gestational surrogate.
Every agency offers different benefits based on where you live, if you are employed full time or not, and if you have any experience as a surrogate. The compensation you receive is a reimbursement for your living expenses, and there are some amazing things you can do with that compensation. First time California surrogates can receive up to $55,000, and there are other benefits as well; reach out to Extraordinary Conceptions if you have specific questions about what you might qualify for.
Surrogacy helped my family become debt free. I was able to use the compensation that I received to pay off bills, and start savings accounts for my own children. Life can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to finances, and the compensation definitely helped us overcome some of those challenges.
I was also able to treat my family to experiences that we might have missed out on if I hadn’t found surrogacy. We visited Disneyland as a family on several occasions, and then my fiancé and I took an all-inclusive trip to Jamaica. It was indescribable! Once in a lifetime experiences that we could only dream of became possible because of my surrogacy journey with Extraordinary Conceptions.
Other surrogates have shared with me what they were able to accomplish because of the compensation they received. One was able to get a mommy makeover that she had been saving for. Another was able to buy a house! Amazing accomplishments made possible by helping families achieve their dreams of starting a family.
Aside from the financial aspects of surrogacy, my two journeys have helped my family grow closer. We have a unique experience that bonds us together with another family that lives on the other side of the world. My family got to see the joy that surrogacy can bring into the world, and the love that you can share with others.
How do you think surrogacy could help your family achieve their dreams? Reach out to me on Instagram (@surro_adventures) and tell me your goals for your family. I can help you fill out your application and get started as a surrogate with Extraordinary Conceptions.
Extraordinary Conceptions is a local surrogacy agency in So. Cal that can help guide you along the way. Education and information is empowering, and they strive to provide that to all of their clients, especially with extra support for their surrogate mothers. Extraordinary Conceptions can help you decide if surrogacy is right for you and your family. Here are some things you should know when deciding on becoming a surrogate!