IT ALL STARED WHEN...
I was growing up in California. As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a parent. Whenever adults asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would always answer excitedly, “a DADDY!”. That enthusiasm has never wavered.
I emigrated to the Netherlands in 2013 to be with my now-husband, as it was still illegal for us to wed in the U.S. at the time. We’ve talked about wanting to be dads since our first date and have been on our journey to fatherhood, in three different countries (NL, U.S., & U.K.), since 2015. We have attempted to achieve our dream via adoption and co-parenting with a single woman, where we lived through nine rounds of failed IUI and an additional fruitless IVF round. In 2020 we decided to refocus our efforts onto surrogacy, after much research and attending many conferences. We fell in love with the Canadian model and have been fortunate to make much progress in a relatively short time.
Thanks to a client relationship management consultancy I completed in 2020, with the clinic we hired in Toronto to help us with our surrogacy journey, I learned the intricacies of helping Intended Parents (IPs) move through their journeys from abroad. That knowledge combined with my lived experience as an IP made it possible for me to be recruited by 4USC – where I am also an active IP myself. I feel fortunate to be working alongside such values-driven professionals and look forward to helping IPs cross the finish-line to parenthood soon.