To all latino couples struggling with infertility, you are not alone
What happens when you combine two sassy sisters and one feisty fertility law advocate? New England Surrogacy, of course!
We are here because infertility sucks. And we know it. Our team has been there ourselves, on both sides of the journey—going through it ourselves and helping others through the journey. And that’s how we got to New England Surrogacy (more on that later).
Jennifer White, one of the sassy sister duo, became a New England transplant when she picked up and moved from her home state of New Mexico to Maine. Her now-husband is a lifelong Mainer. The military took them away from New England, but the feeling of home and love for the region has never left their hearts. When the time came to start a family, they thought “how difficult could it be”? Very, very difficult, it turns out. Months of tracking, testing, and tears painfully turned to years. Finally came a referral to an RE who was a four hour – yes HOUR – drive away (we are keenly in love with how easy it is to travel from state to state in New England!). Even a five minute appointment was an all day ordeal. Unfortunately, the RE didn’t have any answers either, and they joined the ranks of those diagnosed with “unexplained infertility.”
Jennifer and her husband were lucky. Their story ends happily. Almost eight years later, they (finally!) welcomed a sweet and wonderful baby girl. She’s almost a teenager now but Jennifer says “I still have flashbacks to those agonizing moments each month when I allowed my heart to be sure I could be pregnant and look for the line on the test. The crash and tears following never stung less.”
The other sassy sister, Ellen Trachman, watched her sister’s and brother-in-law’s struggle and was inspired to be an egg donor. That experience was life-changing, and led her to switch from practicing corporate law to assisted reproductive technology law.
Drawing from their own personal experiences on both sides of the infertility journey, Jennifer and Ellen felt very strongly that no one should walk this journey alone. The sassy sisters founded a local Colorado surrogacy agency which quickly turned into a three state venture. Their philosophy behind their success was simple–that local resources are vital to supporting intended parents and surrogates through the difficult process.
Meanwhile, Catherine Tucker was busy working behind the scenes to get antiquated surrogacy laws changed throughout New England. This was in addition to running a busy assisted reproductive technology law practice in New Hampshire. Thanks to Catherine’s efforts, New Hampshire’s surrogacy law was completely revised in 2014. Similar change followed in Vermont and Maine, and efforts have been moving forward in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. These law changes created a favourable legal environment throughout New England for pursuing surrogacy.
According to Jennifer, “Joining forces with Catherine Tucker to open New England Surrogacy was one of the easiest decisions we have ever made. She truly understands the journey (set up a consultation with her, I know she’d be happy to share her story!), her ethics are unmatched and her knowledge of all things New England is second to none.”
We come to New England because the silence can be deafening and isolating. We want to make certain no one feels alone or unheard.
We come to New England because no one should have inadequate, unethical or outdated care. We want to support access to excellent care.
We come to New England because no one should walk their journey through infertility alone. We will walk this journey with you. (And you are invited to walk with us—at the RESOLVE New England Walk of Hope!)