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'Team Baby'

Tricia Turner, Assistant Director, The Surrogacy SOURCE, April 18, 2012

Intended parents’ hopes and dreams seem to be just out of reach sometimes. When they are told they are unable to create their family on their own and need assistance, they may start researching how to put together a “team” who can help them reach their goal. The key players of their “team” may include any of the following, an agency, a surrogate, an egg donor, a sperm donor, a fertility clinic, and a third party reproduction attorney. Each party needed plays a vital role during this amazing journey of family creation.

The fertility clinic will be the intended parents’ medical resource. The fertility doctor and his or her team will help determine what the best route is for the creation of the embryo to be used. The intended parents will go through extensive testing to determine if they are in the need of a sperm donor, egg donor, and/or a surrogate. Once they have the equation needed, they can begin their search for the necessary components. The fertility clinic will then coordinate the cycle for the embryo transfer.

The parents may begin researching for an agency familiar with their needs of egg/sperm donation and/or surrogacy. The agency’s role during this process is to provide optimal support and guidance through each step and offer referrals to professionals when needed. Most times, the agency is the only “constant” through the journey. The agency will typically stay with the parents and their surrogate from the beginning through delivery.

The surrogate is an amazing part of the team. She is someone who understands the struggles of intended parents. She knows the joys of having children and thinks everyone deserves a chance at that joy. She is willing to enter a world of many doctor appointments, medications, procedures, and pregnancy to be able to give her intended parents the gift of life, which comes so easy to her.

An attorney well versed in third party reproduction is also needed for the process. The intended parents’ attorney will draft a legal agreement between the intended parents and their surrogate. The surrogate will also have legal representation, separate from the intended parents. Once the legal agreement in place, the fertility clinic will be given clearance to begin the medical cycle, and fertility drugs will begin. The attorney will also draft paperwork for the establishment of parentage for the child(ren) born.

With all the key players working together, intended parents’ hopes and dreams of reaching their goal of having a family becomes reality. Agencies, fertility clinics, attorneys and all other professionals involved are passionate about their field and cooperate to be successful with the “Pathway to Parenthood."


Tricia Turner, The Surrogacy SOURCE's Assistant Director, has extensive knowledge in egg donation and the surrogacy process. Having had personal experience as a surrogate mother, Tricia wanted to pursue her continued dream of helping people experience the joys of parenthood. Tricia states, “I believe everyone should have the chance to fulfill their dreams of having a family. I am excited to guide intended parents and surrogates through the surrogacy process.” This, combined with her dedication and emotional connection to each client, ensures that each client understands and feels complete support throughout their endeavor. Ultimately, Tricia feels it is a privilege to work in the business of helping to create dreams come true.

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