People Magazine Interviews Four Surrogates in Latest Issue
People Magazine helped humanize the experiences of surrogates by interviewing for women who carried babies for other people
There are common misperceptions about what motivates women to do the seemingly unthinkable: carry a child for another person. The only motivator, people assume, must be money. But as anyone who has been through the process will tell you — the reasons women decide to carry children for other people are varied. Financial compensation is of course a factor, but typically it is not the only one, and rarely is it even the most important.
Recently, People Magazine ran a feature on four women who served as surrogates, which helped reveal a plethora of other motivators. Sammie Diaz, for instance, carried a son for a gay couple in Seattle, because she was motivated to help people who can't have children on their own start their families — money was just a minot factor.
"Pregnancy is pretty harsh on your body, so you have to go into it knowing you're taking a risk with your health," she told People. "I had hip pain and migraines, but then I would picture David and Todd holding their baby, and it would get me through it."
For Chelsea Frei, another woman interviewed for the piece, her reason for serving as a surrogate was even more personal — to help her recover from the pain of losing a stillborn child. She connected with the intended parent she worked with, a single gay man from Spain, immediately. "I just got a really warm feeling from him," she said. "I'd interviewed with other people and didn't connect with them. He's very close with his family and really values that part of his life. He was very honest about how he was going to parent and what life would look like for his twins."
It's rare to hear directly from surrogate themselves about their experiences, particularly in mainstream outlets like People, which is why we were pleased to see this piece. Any attempt to humanize the experiences of the amazing women who choose to serve as surrogates is a welcome on in our book! Read all four profiles here.