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Anderson Cooper Talks About the Black Market Baby Scandal

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!!!


  1. I’m glad that it worked out okay in the end for her & baby girl, but what a mess! So disheartening that there are people out there that want nothing more than to take advantage of people who just want a child or want to help a family have a child.

  2. I never would have transferred without meeting and getting to know my IP’s first. My IF’s and I had been in contact, met and known each other for nearly a year before we transferred yesterday. It just stuns me how someone could have let themselves get into a hole like that.

  3. It breaks my heart for these families AND the surrogates. I’m so glad you’ve been able to share your experience and knowledge.

  4. What a scary thing. I truly think you are super strong for doing it in the first place. I think I would have been scared outta my mind the entire time (being the surrogate or on the other end).

  5. I can’t imagine not asking a ton of questions. I’d want to know EVERYTHING, but that’s me. I’m glad it all worked out in the end.

  6. She was our attorney, too. I just heard about her yesterday. (Though I’d heard about the other woman involved, I didn’t realized she was part of this too.) Luckily we just used her to draw up the contract, I can’t imagine being any more involved with this. What a terrible situation.

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