Canadian Intended Parents Searching for a Gestational Surrogate
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Clinic: HRC Fertility
Embryo Status: One adopted PGS tested frozen embryo with the potential to obtain more
Occupations: IT analyst for Canadian Government (Bryan) / Speech Language Pathologist (Vicki)
We met in the wild west of the online dating world. We had grown up living minutes away from each other but had never met until I (Vicki) smiled at Bryan on Match. We now live in a great neighbourhood close to family and friends.
I (Bryan) have two brothers and grew up in a loud and busy family. My parents, from an early age, taught us hard work and responsibility, along with a lot of trust and love. They raised me to know a lot of life skills, from electrical work to cooking to gardening.
I (Vicki) grew up with one brother in a quieter family. My parents raised us with a love of reading, a desire to help others, and an appreciation of education.
We see and spend time with both our families regularly and we enjoy living close by. We love spending time with our nieces and nephews and taking them on fun adventures.
From the beginning of our relationship, we knew that we wanted children, which was one of the many things that brought us together. I (Vicki) knew that I might have difficulties conceiving and Bryan was supportive of me from the beginning. We tried many medicated and intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycles, facing heartbreak after heartbreak. After discussing our situation with our doctors, we were informed that we wouldn’t be successful with IVF. We then turned to the amazing gift of donated embryos. Due to the waitlist in Canada being over 3 years, after much searching, we found a clinic in California, and we adopted one embryo in 2021 with so much hope and love. We transferred that precious embryo but faced another negative pregnancy test. We adopted a second embryo and tried for 9 months to do a second transfer, but to our great sorrow, our cycles kept getting canceled due to uterine lining issues. Our doctor then informed us that the only path forward for this embryo, that we had fallen in love with, would be a gestational surrogate, and so that is why we are looking for you.
We are a quirky and adventurous couple. We love to go on walks exploring our great city, playing board games (Vicki usually wins), baking with various degrees of success, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. One of our goals is to visit every province in this beautiful country. We can’t wait to share all these experiences with our child and to see life through their eyes.
I (Bryan) love to go to football games and repair computers for charities and families in need. I also regularly groan at Vicki’s puns. I work for the Canadian government in IT and get to work from home.
I (Vicki) love to build Lego creations, read (Harry Potter nerd), and volunteer with kiddos. I work as a speech therapist in several schools and have the privilege of teaching children how to communicate.
We realize that being a gestational surrogate is a big undertaking and we thank you for even considering this journey. We want to do everything that we can to support you from covering all your pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and post-partum surrogacy expenses to reducing any stress that we can. We would pay for you and a support person to travel to sunny Newport Beach, California, for both the medical clearance and the transfer. Your comfort would be very important to us, and we want to make sure you are taken of.
We would really like this relationship to grow naturally into something we all feel comfortable with. We would consider you family if you embarked on this journey with us and carried our child, while respecting your wishes on how much involvement you would like. We hope to have an open and long-lasting relationship with you. We would love to have frequent contact throughout the process and attend any appointments we can. After the baby has arrived, we would love to share pictures and updates with you. We look forward to telling our child their entire story from the very beginning.
Thank you for considering our profile and we hope to get you know better!
Bryan & Vicki