I'm excited to share my surrogacy journey with you all! This is not something I was looking to do - but the opportunity to help a friend and give life was suddenly before me. After talking about it with my husband (it was actually kind of his idea) and praying about it, we decided we felt like it was something that God put in our path. It's not been an easy journey so far, but it is one with rich rewards now and in the life to come.
After going through a rigorous screening process, both medical and psychological, we moved forward to start the IVF process which included a med protocol and ultrasounds to test the condition and thickness of my uterus. We implanted one 5 day old embryo, that had been frozen for 8 years. Then we prayed. Stick. Stick. Stick. Sticky baby is the terminology commonly used in IVF circles. Oh, and I gave myself daily suppositories and nightly injections to ensure we had optimal hormone levels to carry a pregnancy - let's not forget that. But ultimately, we trusted God with the outcome.
This picture was taken on the day of the procedure. You can see where the embryo was placed. We confirmed the pregnancy through an at home test (or two, or three, or four (who's keeping count?). Offically the pregancy was confirmed through a series of blood work and finally with an ultasound at 7 weeks gestation to confirm heartbeat (see top picture). Pregnancy at my age has not been easy but we're getting through it with lots of prayers and support! I can't wait to continue to update throughout the journey!
People have been very curious about this process - and I don't mind answering questions. Feel free to leave a comment or question and if I'm able to answer - I sure will!
Because Birth Matters Blog
Bethany Fenlason, Wichita Doula
Welcome! I'm a wife, stay at home mom to five children, and a Wichita doula. My passion is to educate and inform mothers and families of their choices and options in pregnancy and childbirth. Through support and education, I hope to help many families achieve a birth that empowers them as mothers and fathers and allows them to trust birth for the incredible and natural, yet-awe inspiring process that it is.