Making a Difference
When I delivered my second surrogate baby, I wasn't sure if I was going to be a surrogate again. It made me sad to think my days in the surrogacy world may be over. It always felt like the place I would call home. I had grown to know so many amazing women who were surrogates alongside me and who I became quite close with. I understood the fertility protocols, the legal process, the medications, and so much more. I paid close attention to every step of my two journeys and knew I just wanted to keep helping. An idea began to brew in my mind, and after months of research, collaboration with volunteers, and support from my community of surrogates, my dream of creating a new support program came to fruition. Canadian Surrogacy Community was born out of my desire to help other amazing women through this beautiful, but chaotic world of surrogacy. Then I began to truly see the trauma and heartache that Intended Parents were going through to simply have the chance at a child. Every part of me wanting to protect both sides and bring them safely together to one common goal - a miracle.
Everything I went through as a surrogate is now being poured into my programs. My energy, heart & soul, and networking is all I had to start with, but after many years of working hard, I now have one of the leading Surrogacy programs in Canada. I even went on to do a third surrogacy journey in 2020. I started this agency using my personal experience as a surrogate as a baseline for what surrogacy agencies should be for everyone. I’m driven by the desire to make the face of surrogacy and egg donation positive and compassionate, instead of an impersonal business transaction. I now offer more programs for different needs and have changed how people view the relationship between a Surrogate and her Intended Parents. It's about connection, love, and respect for each other.
As a three-time surrogate, I know the joys first-hand that surrogacy can bring. There is a ripple effect that goes far beyond the Intended Parents holding their baby for the first time. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, friends, and so many more will hold you in the highest regard forever. Not to mention, the lasting impression it leaves on a surrogate’s own family. I know mine will be forever changed by my decision to build a family for my amazing couples.
- Angela Pickering
Founder & CEO of Canadian Surrogacy Community
Do you Qualify to be a Surrogate?
- Canadian citizen (residing in Canada)
- Are between the ages of 21-45
- Have at least one biological child
- Have no history of serious pregnancy/delivery/post-partum complications
- Have a stable home environment
- No criminal convictions
- No tattoos or piercings within the last 6 months
- No history of serious depression or psychological issues
- Are willing to undergo bloodwork, ultrasounds, medical tests as per doctor’s orders
- Able to travel to fertility clinics out of province and attend local OB appointments
- Willing to take IVF medications (possible injections)
- You must have a good support system
- No abuse of drugs/alcohol
- No smoking
- Someone who enjoys being pregnant
- Someone who wants to help others just because they can
Surrogates Keep it Real
A raw and real talk about how surrogacy has effected the lives of women who have chosen to help complete strangers create a family. Canadian Surrogacy Community was proud to host a retreat in July 2017 and have many of the surrogates through the company in one place to celebrate their diversity and common bond. Victoria talks about her miscarriage, Sarah talks about why she picked her IM, Kara talks about the feelings she had during and after her first surrogacy birth, and more…