Canadian Intended Parents Searching for a Gestational Surrogate
Location: Vaughan, Ontario
Clinic: Astra Fertility
Embryo Status: 4 frozen embryos
Occupations: School Social Worker (Laura)/Alliance Manager for Medical Device Company (Joe)
Hello and thank you for taking the time to read our profile. Joe and I met online and have been together for 8 years, where we reside in Vaughan, Ontario. We are confident that if true love can be found online, we too can find an amazing surrogate online to help us build our family and fulfil our dream of having a son or daughter of our own.
To give you a better understanding of our lives, let us first tell you a little bit about ourselves.
I was born and raised in Vaughan. I come from a family of two incredible parents, an older sister, a younger brother and a dog named Bruno. I am extremely close with my family.
At the age of 8, I fell ill with meningitis. I was hospitalized for 3 months and spent 3 weeks in a coma. As a result of the meningitis, I had to have both legs below the knee amputated. I was not supposed to survive but am extremely blessed that I did. Growing up with a disability has come with its challenges but I am very fortunate to have had the endless love and support of incredible family and friends. I never let my disability stop me from accomplishing what I wanted in life. If anything, it drove and motivated me further and inspired me to pursue a career in the social work field.
I completed my Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto. I have worked as a social worker for 14 years, 13 of which I have worked as a school social worker. I have a passion for working with children and families and feel honored that I can support them through their darkest days and bring hope and light to their lives.
I grew up in an Italian home and developed a passion for cooking and baking. I also have a strong love for animals, especially dogs.
I was born in Richmond Hill, where I grew up. I too am of Italian background. I come from a family of five. I have an older brother and younger brother. Family has always been of utmost importance to me.
I attended the University of Toronto and completed two years of dental school. Due to unexpected eye disease, I developed, I had to leave the program as it rendered me legally blind at the time. After a successful surgery and years of healing, my vision has improved a great deal. During this transition, I was fortunate to find a job with a medical device company with an innovative cancer treating platform product, where I am currently working as an Alliance Manager.
I have a passion for sports, especially hockey. I played Junior A for the Stoufville Spirit and was drafted to the Barrie Colts. I quit to pursue my education but continue to play as a hobby. I also played in a softball league and on a men’s soccer team as well.
Joe and I love to spend time with our families, whom we visit weekly. We especially love to spend time with our three nieces and three nephews. We go to church every weekend and love trying out new restaurants and different cuisines. We love to travel and try to visit a new place every year. We enjoy taking walks and spending time outdoors in nature. We also love snuggling up on the couch and watching different series and movies. We currently do not have any pets, as we have been focused on trying to start our own family. However, we have started to board dogs as a stress release and to fill some of the void in our hearts from our fertility challenges. We look forward to having our own dog when the time is right. We live in a home and are well prepared for family expansion.
We have been on a journey to try to conceive for several years. We have been able to conceive on four occasions (twice through IUI, once through IVF and once naturally) but unfortunately, and with heavy hearts, we are saddened to say that we have lost all four babies. Laura ended up in the emergency department on her last embryo transfer, only to learn that she likely has a rare case of progesterone sensitivity, where it is not safe for her to continue with progesterone, which is part of the protocol for IVF. Countless tests over the years have not uncovered any reason for recurrent pregnancy loss. As a result, we have decided to move forward with surrogacy.
We know that it takes a very special person to do what you are doing and to offer your womb to bless someone with the greatest gift of all, a precious child. We know that surrogacy wouldn’t be possible without you. We do not know you yet, but we look forward to meeting you and supporting you every step of the way, with whatever you may need, be that emotional or financial. We will always consider your needs and how we can make this journey as easy as possible for you. We value and appreciate the sacrifice you are making to help us fulfil our dream of becoming parents and we are forever grateful for you. You remind us of the goodness in this world. An Angel is someone who helps you believe in miracles again, you have made us believe again, and for that we are thankful. We look forward to embarking on this new journey, together with you.
Joe & Laura