About

My name is Leslie Mattern, I am 29 years old and the mother of two beautiful daughters, ages 5 and 3. I have been married for 6.5 years now and am currently working on a degree in Criminalistics.

I decided to become a surrogate because I want to be able to help give a family the same joy I have when spending time with my girls. I can’t imagine what some of these families have gone through trying to conceive a child of their own. I had such wonderful pregnancies and absolutely loved every minute of each one, and I’m looking forward to getting to share the experience with such a wonderful couple.

I get the question “won’t it be hard to give up your baby?”, and the answer is absolutely not! I’m going into this knowing that this baby (or babies) is not mine and getting to spend time with my IPs and experience and share their excitement helps make this journey all the more special, especially since, by a crazy twist of fate, we got matched with family.

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  1. I am wanting to become a surrogate possibly, I just don’t want it to be my egg. It doesn’t sound like it was your egg/eggs in the process? I guess that is my main question for you if you don’t mind answering…? Sherri

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    • Sherri,
      That is an excellent question! (I think you’ve given me an idea for a blog post!) The easy answer is no, they were not my eggs. I was a Gestational Surrogate. What you’re talking about is Traditional Surrogacy and, from my understanding, it’s very uncommon.

      My suggestion is to do a LOT of research and find a great agency to work with. They will help protect your best interests and can make the process a lot more smooth and simple. Plus they are great for answering any specific concerns and questions you may have throughout your journey. I am partial to ConceiveAbilities, because I’ve worked with them for both my journies so far, but there are a lot out there. Find what works best for you!

      Hope that helped!

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  2. Hi Leslie,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog My pod, their pea has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 50 Surrogacy Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/surrogacy_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 50 Surrogacy Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

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  3. Leslie, I have been researching surrogacy extensively the last few days. I have done four IVF’s and three round of IUI and recently was cleared from Thyroid Cancer they found in February. I have one remaining embryo at CCRM. I attempted a transfer this last month…scheduled to transfer tomorrow. I was just cancelled bc I somehow ovulated through the Lupron. I am just heartbroken and scared beyond words of wasting our last embryo or waiting forever to find out why “I have never been pregnant in 10 years”. I started to read your blog and it 100% convinced me surrogacy is the answer. Are you still interested in being a surrogate or would you be able to steer me in the right direction with a referral. I am terrified at this point but your blog spoke to me. HOw passionate you are about giving this gift to someone so selflessly is exactly how I feel about teaching. I have always wanted a family and I am open to adoption, but we have this one last embryo. I apologize for writing this on your blog…feel free to delete…but any guidance you have would be appreciated.

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    • Janine,
      I am so sorry to hear about your struggles getting pregnant. I know a lot of IPs go through the struggles you have gone through and it brings them to surrogacy as well. I am considering doing a third journey and will, again, be working with ConceiveAbilities. If you are considering surrogacy, I would recommend you do some research on that as well. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend working with an agency to protect yourself and your surrogate. I, of course, am partial to ConceiveAbilites as I have worked with them twice and had such incredible experiences, but do some research and see what fits with your needs. ConceiveAbilities does a great job matching IPs with surrogates using a long list of criteria. You may not only get a surrogate, but a friend for life.

      I wish you all the luck in the world and please feel free to reach out with any further questions you may have.
      Leslie

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