This is not a new story since I’ve been reading about it since August, but this interview with scammed surrogate, Heather Albaugh gives some new insight to how it all happened.
It is still just really shocking to me that this occurred at all. I’ve gotten over my surprise that my very own Attorney, Theresa Erickson was involved, but I still don’t understand how a surrogate could get herself into that predicament.
I have been asked many times by many people…”I want to be a surrogate, how do I start?“ I always send them to surrogacy message boards to start asking questions. All any of these girls needed to do was ask the question, “gee…should I go overseas to get an embryo transfer without having intended parents?” and they would have gotten a resounding NO!
NO NO NO!!!!
I spent MONTHS trying to find the right IP’s.
The girl in the piece above is right about one thing…It is kind of like dating. You place an ad. But then you should exchange emails, pictures and family stories. You talk and talk and then you decide if you want to help this family create a child. It seems that she skipped this part. This was the most important part for me. Getting to know them. I made friends for life during this “dating” period.
I feel so badly for the scammed surrogates, I really do. But take this lesson if you are thinking of offering this amazing gift to someone else. Do your homework. Ask questions. KNOW YOUR IP’S!!!