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Mike & Kate are just your typical couple wanting to have children and start a family together... with one small catch: due to Kate's chronic Lyme disease, it's not safe to do a traditional pregnancy, so they've turned to using a surrogate. It seemed like the only option was to use a surrogacy agency to help them on their journey, but once they started doing their own research and talking to others who have gone through the process, they decided that doing an "independent journey," or one without an agency, was very much possible. But they found that it was tough to track down all of the information needed to feel confident in doing an independent journey, so they decided to make a podcast to try to help others in a similar situation get up to speed as quickly as possible and hopefully arm them with enough information to feel confident doing an independent journey themselves. If you're embarking on your own journey or just curious about how the surrogacy process works, we hope this podcast will provide you with the information you're looking for! Be sure to visit us at https://theslo.life if you want to find out more about us! We'll be posting more about us and our journey there as we go through the process!

Surrogacy, Baby‪!‬ Mike & Kate

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Mike & Kate are just your typical couple wanting to have children and start a family together... with one small catch: due to Kate's chronic Lyme disease, it's not safe to do a traditional pregnancy, so they've turned to using a surrogate. It seemed like the only option was to use a surrogacy agency to help them on their journey, but once they started doing their own research and talking to others who have gone through the process, they decided that doing an "independent journey," or one without an agency, was very much possible. But they found that it was tough to track down all of the information needed to feel confident in doing an independent journey, so they decided to make a podcast to try to help others in a similar situation get up to speed as quickly as possible and hopefully arm them with enough information to feel confident doing an independent journey themselves. If you're embarking on your own journey or just curious about how the surrogacy process works, we hope this podcast will provide you with the information you're looking for! Be sure to visit us at https://theslo.life if you want to find out more about us! We'll be posting more about us and our journey there as we go through the process!

    Episode 13: Meet Mandy

    Episode 13: Meet Mandy

    In this week’s episode we welcome our first guest onto the podcast! We have a conversation with Mandy, who is a gestational carrier that is currently pregnant. We chatted with her about her experiences with surrogacy, working with an agency, and get her thoughts & tips on the process from a GC’s perspective. Mandy... Read More Read More

    • 50 min
    Episode 12: Testing Update

    Episode 12: Testing Update

    We are finally back with an all new update! We talk about where we stand on the testing our surrogate needed after our last failed transfer and share the results. We also fill you in on the last four months and share our plans for the next transfer.

    Episode 11: Beta Update

    Episode 11: Beta Update

    After last weeks transfer episode, we’re back to give you the results of the beta blood test, talk about the next steps of where we go from here, and (as always) share our feelings about it all.

    • 34 min
    Episode 10: Transfer Update

    Episode 10: Transfer Update

    In this episode we give you the latest update on our surrogacy journey! After our cancelled transfer in March, we were on track to try again in June. We talk about our thoughts leading up to the transfer, and fill you in on where we are now.

    • 20 min
    Episode 9: Q&A

    Episode 9: Q&A

    After a short break, we return in this episode to answer your questions! We talk about support in the surrogacy world, our hopes for our relationship with our surrogate, how we trust in the process, and much more!

    • 43 min
    Episode 8: Lyme Disease

    Episode 8: Lyme Disease

    In this episode, we go in depth into Kate’s Lyme Disease diagnosis and how it led us to our surrogacy journey. We talk about Kate’s fight with Lyme Disease, her various treatments over the years, and how we anticipate Kate’s health effecting how we will be parenting once we have children.

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

CW1540 ,

Open, honest discussion for those with fertility issues

Just finished episode 2. Love your willingness to share your journey thus far and looking forward to learning more about other decisions you faced. Plus hoping you will share the joy of the finished product.

schasslo ,

Can’t wait for Episode 3

Very well done. Full of great information. Tells the perspective of both of the parents and the depth of emotions it brings out in making each decision every step of the way.

christieYork2 ,

So informative!

We’re needing more podcasts like this one. So real, raw and vulnerable. Thank you for your knowledge and candor, Kate and Mike.

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