The difference experience makes
Angela (Founder & Director) is a twice-successful gestational surrogate from Exeter, Ontario who has given birth to two healthy baby boys. Angela has worked as a surrogacy support and intake worker at another agency, as well as being involved in the surrogacy community for the past five years. She’s built a network of friends and professionals in the industry and wanted to utilize that to help create families as a facilitator. She has an education in Psychology and English and has spent years working for the local school board helping students with behaviours and special needs.
Angela brings direct experience of Canadian surrogacy from the perspective of a surrogate who values unity above all else. Surrogates and Intended Parents must come together to form a bond like no other, with trust, integrity, and faith. It’s all an integral part of each journey. She understands and believes that great communication is key to a successful start, middle, and ending. Angela’s most recent journey was completed in November 2015 which gives her recent insight into the ups and downs of relationships and how to navigate through some of the stressors. She has begun her third journey Fall of 2017 with a new couple and is looking forward to creating another family through surrogacy.
The service Angela is offering is unique and represents a collaboration of the needs of surrogates, egg donors, and Intended Parents individually. She is deeply motivated to bring the humanistic side back to surrogacy and dismiss the negative connotations within the word ‘agency’. Too much history has shown a division between Surrogate and Intended Parent and over the years there has been a mind-set that each person must be represented in their own forum. Angela is wiping the slate clean and offering a united front where surrogates and Intended Parents are never divided and can all come together in safe support groups, get-togethers, and celebrations throughout the process. Angela is a strong advocate for legislative change within Canadian law and is striving to consult with the current Liberal government to de-criminalize surrogacy and find a way to provide a safe, regulated way to commercialize surrogacy in Canada, so that neither Surrogate or Intended Parent are being taken advantage of. She has been vocal in the media since her surrogate journeys began and has a strategy and plan to present change and help implement what that change may look like for the future of Canadian surrogacy.
A message from Angela:
My goal in establishing Canadian Surrogacy Community is the development and fostering of a community around surrogacy, creating harmony amongst surrogates with their Intended Parents, building relationships and providing means and ways to grow and develop those relationships. The ongoing one-on-one guidance and support throughout your journey is critical, as well as providing true support through a surrogate support system, and meaningful sessions scheduled at relevant milestones throughout the surrogacy journey. I provide referrals to reputable Fertility / Surrogacy Lawyers, IVF clinics, and psychologists. I have an IVF nurse that I work with who is available to consult/advise myself, surrogates and Intended Parents. She helps oversee clinical files and manage monitoring cycles and medical protocols. I’ve partnered with an amazing team at Tiny Feet Fertility to assist with finding egg donors for those who need one. I have proven systems for self-managing surrogacy reimbursements whereby Intended Parents and surrogate easily handle expenses and do not require illegal third party involvement. I am there to provide comprehensive advice for how to deal with those tricky situations through pregnancy as well as providing ongoing resources. I don’t just leave you to your own devices; I will be available for you when you need assistance and support. My goal is to be at every birth created with my help and support. The euphoria I felt as a surrogate, giving life to another, is now being transferred to my role as a facilitator, and I plan on doing everything I can to make each unique journey as smooth as possible.