Who are gestational surrogates?
At West Coast Surrogacy, Inc. (WCS), a Southern California agency, carriers are required to have already given birth to children they are raising. They are required to undergo rigorous physical and mental health screening prior to being accepted as a WCS gestational carrier.
“The typical profile of a carrier is a deeply compassionate woman who feels a calling to help others create the families they desire,” said West Coast Surrogacy director and founder Amy Kaplan. Kaplan herself fits this description. A respected authority on surrogacy ethics guidelines and reproductive technology issues, she worked in the reproductive technology field for 16 years before she carried and delivered healthy twins for a couple in 2006. The experience was so profound, she and husband Jon Kaplan founded their agency to make parenthood more accessible to those wishing to explore surrogacy.
WCS surrogate Laura Davis of Long Beach, California, successfully delivered healthy twins for a couple in Santa Barbara. Although her own family was complete, Davis, a mother of two, enjoyed being pregnant and, at 33, did not wish for that experience to be over. Davis underwent extensive background checks and physical and psychological testing to carry a baby for intended parents.
“I see this as a miraculous way to help people that few others can,” noted Davis. “I am an able-bodied person. I was excited to help this couple become a family."
Her husband was “completely on board” with her surrogate pregnancy, and her children, ages 3 and 4, were excited that their mother was “helping another lady have a bab
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