Surrogate Stories: Brandy

I always knew I wanted to be a surrogate. It was just something that I could see myself doing so clearly. Even so, life got in the way. I’m from such a conservative family and at first I was worried about how my friends and family would react to my choice. But then one night, after much thought and conversation with my husband and kids, I decided to take the plunge. I signed on with Growing Generations and prepared for the ride of a lifetime!

I was matched with a couple from another country. We couldn’t exchange a single word without a translator. But I was moved by their story and I knew I wanted to help them. The language was definitely an obstacle for us. When you think about surrogacy, these couples have likely tackled obstacles so much larger than language just to get to this point. We knew we’d make it work. We didn’t talk often, and when we did it was always with the help of a staff translator at Growing Generations.

The birth was a beautiful experience for me, even though the intended parents were not in the room for it. It was a learning experience to watch a different culture embrace a newborn child. It was a moving moment for me. I felt so great about myself, but not at all the way I had felt when I gave birth to my own children.

My experience was overwhelmingly positive, and I loved every second of my experience. My goal was always to create or grow a family, and I did that. I helped a man and a woman become a family. It’s a choice I am so glad to have made, and one that I would make all over again.

Teo Martinez

Teo Martinez is the CEO of Growing Generations, a surrogacy and egg donation agency headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Educated at both UCLA and Pepperdine University, and with over 15 years of experience working in assisted reproduction, Teo’s background makes him one of the most experienced and accomplished professionals in the field.