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By Bridget Bolthouse

I’ve always had a passion for family. My husband and I have five children all under the age of 11. I love everything about motherhood. This is not to say that things don’t get a bit hectic at times- because they do. It’s just that the love I feel for my family is beyond anything else, and I can’t imagine life without it. I feel blessed to be a mother, a parent. And really, parenthood is just that- a blessing. I want to bless deserving individuals with their own families. I want them to feel the love I feel every day. Becoming a Surrogate was an obvious choice.

My husband, Adam was the first person I told about my desire to become a Surrogate.  We’ve always had an honest relationship based on strong communication. A few years ago, Adam was in the military and was away from our family. Even then, we managed to maintain our communication. We make all decisions as a team, and this decision was no different. Adam had questions and concerns, as did I. We carefully researched and discussed every aspect of Surrogacy prior to coming to a decision. With our questions answered and our concerns addressed, we began getting excited for the journey ahead of us. Adam firmly believed, and still does, that being a Surrogate is my calling. I wholeheartedly agree with him.

As parents, Adam and I cannot make decisions without the consent of our children. We wouldn’t allow for our actions to upset or confuse them. Beyond anything else, their feelings mattered. Adam and I sat down with the kids for a family talk. We began by explaining that some families need help getting started. We explained that because we love our family so much, we want to help other families grow. We told them that I could help by growing a baby in my tummy. My kids were interested and wanted to know if the baby was going to live with us, or essentially, if the baby was going to be their new sibling. We explained that the baby would not live with us nor would it be their sibling, that it would live with its family. We reminded them that mommy is going to grow a baby in her belly for a different family, not ours. We discussed the types of situations in which a family might need help. We explained that some families have two dads, or a single dad. We told them about moms who are unable to carry their own babies. We enjoy opening our children’s minds to all kinds of possibilities and all kinds of love.

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Frank and Golden Surrogate, Bridget

The truth behind being a Surrogate. Media’s depiction of Surrogacy is not indicative of what Surrogacy actually is. Two-time Golden Surrogate/Gestational Carrier tells us what Surrogacy is really like. In this episode of Golden Gossip, Bridget shares personal details about her Surrogacy Journeys, In Vitro Fertilization, pregnancy, and what else to expect throughout the process.

Golden Gossip

The costs associated with Surrogacy vary and can accrue unexpectedly. Frank breaks down the cost of a surrogacy journey for Intended Parents. Many potential Intended Parents are unaware of the true costs of Surrogacy. In this episode of Golden Gossip, Frank explains all of the possible costs of Surrogacy including IVF costs, Reproductive Lawyer fees, Surrogate compensation, agency fees, and more.

Golden Gossip

There are strict requirements for potential Surrogates. Surrogacy Agencies have the responsibility to properly screen all of their potential Surrogates before matching them with Intended Parents. In this episode of Golden Gossip, Frank discusses Surrogate requirements with two of his Surrogate Coordinators. As Surrogate Coordinators, Maia and Chelsea are heavily involved with the Surrogate on-boarding process. They discuss Surrogate medical requirements, psychological requirements, and lifestyle requirements in this fascinating podcast session.