Mom's provide support and love for their children; they also inspire and motivate them and young girls often dream of growing up and being 'just like Mommy'. After almost 40 years of creating families through surrogacy, it seemed inevitable that CSP would eventually work with women whose moms had also been surrogates. We recently had the pleasure of talking with Kenedi, currently pregnant with her second surrogate baby, and her mom, Ellen, who has 3 children of her own and was a surrogate 3 times for 3 different families. Kenedi was 5 when her mom first became a surrogate and says she is “Extremely confident in the fact that if my mom was not a surrogate, I wouldn't have grown up with the proper mind set and heart needed to be a surrogate.” Ellen was adopted as an infant and grew up questioning who in her family she looked like. After having her own children Ellen remembers being fascinated looking at her “mini-me's” and seeing her nose, her cheekbones, her eyes reflected in them. “It was then that I knew I wanted to help bring the joy of parenthood, including being able to see a piece of you in your child, to others.” First Ellen offered to help some family members struggling with fertility but eventually she started researching agencies and applied to one which only helped gay men & women. She remembers attending a support group run by the surrogates, “There was no mediator or agency presence, just women talking”. After the meeting Ellen went home to discuss her plans with her husband who initially was not on board! “Being a surrogate was so important to me that we contemplated separating. Fortunately, he came to understand why I needed to do this and became my biggest cheerleader and supporter. My need to be a surrogate was even deeper than I realized and I believe the process actually strengthened our relationship.”
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