This is my first blog post introducing myself. I thought I’d tell you a bit about who I am.
My name is Corrin and I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m married and have two children. I’ve been involved with surrogacy since 2012!!!! Wow does time fly.
I have delivered two surrogacy babies so far and am currently pregnant with my third. My first two surrogate babies were for the same family. Both were girls and they are now 5 and 3 years old. Man – are they cute too! They live in NYC and we keep in touch through sending texts and emails. I love seeing how they are growing and how happy they are.
Like I said, I’m also currently pregnant with a third surrogacy baby. This baby is due in April and is for a gay couple. They live internationally. This couple is amazing! My husband and I have really connected with them and we have a group text that we all contribute to everyday. We’ll send how we are doing, updates, memes, funny videos, everything! They are going to make the best dads and I can’t wait for them to arrive and their little guy to be here.
Other ways I’m involved in the surrogacy world are that I used to work for a surrogacy agency helping coordinate new surrogates. What this means is that when someone is interested in being a surrogate, I would explain to them how it all works, answer their questions, make sure they qualify for surrogacy, and then help them through the beginning stages. I *loved* this job. It was amazing to speak to women everyday about surrogacy.
While working there, I was in grad school to become a therapist. It’s been my lifelong dream to be a therapist. So once I graduated, I reluctantly said goodbye to the agency and began my own private practice as a therapist. At first I started off in specializing in maternal mental health but then realized I *love* doing couples counseling so I transitioned my specialty. I still see some people for maternal health, infertility, pregnancy and surrogacy but mainly I see couples. I also do psychological assessments for surrogates. More on that later.
One last area I’m involved in the surrogacy community is through advocacy. Every April, during the legislative period, we advocate for surrogacy at the Minnesota capitol in St. Paul. We meet with legislators and tell them our experience with surrogacy. Surprisingly, Minnesota doesn’t have any laws on the books on surrogacy. We’d like to change that. We want them to add laws to help regulate the process for everyone. I’ll talk more about that later as well.
A few last things! Surrogacy has brought into my life some of my favorite relationships. Some of my best friends ever now are surrogates! I think I’m going to have a few of them do guest posts talking about their experiences too. One of the things I always tell people about surrogacy is that it brought some of my best friendships and we all know how hard it is to make friends as an adult!
One of the things my surrogacy agency does are two big social events each year. These are *the best!* We get to hang out with other surrogates and their families, have fun and win prizes. Honestly, the community aspect of surrogacy is just amazing to me. Being a part of something larger than myself, being able to give to others and help them build their families, and making new friendships has added so much to my life. I think my family has grown from this too. I’ll talk more about that later but one thing I know for sure is that my kids value how important and life changing it can be to help others and they learned that through surrogacy. I’m excited to see what kind of adults they grow into from this.
Okay, I’m going to leave it there for now. Nice to meet you and welcome to my blog! Let me know your thoughts or reach out if you have any questions.