Amber's 2nd Surrogacy Journey!

If you asked me during my first surrogacy journey if I would ever do it again, my answer was “no way!” I had an extremely hard pregnancy. My body did not react well to the estrogen and progesterone medications required weeks before and after the embryo transfer. I experienced about 90% of the side effects that are common while on those medications. I was sick ALL the time during the first trimester. A few weeks after the embryo transfer my husband got a job offer and we ended up moving from Colorado to Montana very quickly. It was a whirlwind of a journey and then I went into labor early at 34 weeks. I had a long, difficult labor. Fortunately, the baby was healthy. The pediatrician at the birth said if she didn’t know better, she would have thought he was full term. He weighed more than one of my full term babies! So, after all of that, I thought I would never do it again and I thought I never could since pre-term labor disqualifies me from being a surrogate through most clinics.

A little over a year went by and I was offered this job, an intake coordinator for Montana Surrogacy. Working in the surrogacy world sparked my desire to be a surrogate again. I couldn’t get a certain couple out of my head who had mentioned that they would want me to be their surrogate if I ever wanted to do it again. They asked during my last surrogacy journey and at the time I had said no and that I wasn’t a good candidate anyway because of the pre-term labor.

The couple are long time friends of ours who had one child and then had several miscarriages and some very rough years. After a couple of years of healing, I decided to reach out and see if they were still considering surrogacy. They were immediately excited about the opportunity. They had one embryo left and were close to giving up. We Facetimed on Mother’s Day and we all wanted to move fast. They have wanted a second child for years and I wanted to give birth before summer so I could enjoy summer with my kids. We were all motivated to make this happen quickly. It was difficult but we got everything done and had the embryo transfer on August 10th.

This was their last embryo so the pressure was on. I am now 18 weeks pregnant with that baby boy! I have been having a similar pregnancy as the last surrogate baby so far, this one has been even a little more difficult. My own two children’s pregnancies and births were very easy. I had very little symptoms and easy, out of hospital births. I am hoping this baby makes it to full term and we can have the out of hospital birth we are planning. We are always open to positive baby birth vibes being sent our way! I’ll update you along the way.

Amber Campanelli ~ The Honest Surrogate