Carey is a wife, mom to a six-year-old daughter, and the founder and directors of All Families Surrogacy, LLC a gestational surrogacy agency based in Beaverton.
She says was inspired to start her business after she and her wife used an anonymous sperm donor to conceive their daughter, now six. “I was so grateful that a stranger had done something so kind to enable us to be parents and I wanted to give back to another family,” she says.
The first way she gave back was by becoming a gestational surrogate for a lesbian couple and carrying their little boy. That experience led her to launch her own agency as a way of merging her passion for surrogacy and her many years’ experience in Operations and Business Management.
She says there are misconceptions about gestational surrogacy. “Gestational surrogacy means the surrogate is not biologically related to the baby she carries. The embryos are created by the Intended Parents at a fertility clinic, and the surrogate carries the pregnancy via IVF. The surrogate has no biological or legal ties to the child,” she explains.
Carey says she relies on a small, but fierce, core group of women she’s known for almost 20 years for advice and support. She’s excited to be a MOB and be surrounded by even more smart and positive women.
Her biggest struggle in business is finding qualified surrogates. Since there is such a rigorous screening process, including medical, social, criminal, and mental health screening, only about 15% of applicants are approved. Carey says her best referrals are moms between 21 and 39 who are done having their own kids but want to help someone else create their family.
She advises new business owners, and those considering starting a business, to be passionate about their business. “If it’s something you’re passionate about, find a way to do it. I spent many years in the corporate world and I don’t regret leaving it for one minute. Surround yourself with positive and smart people and build your team. It will be scary, but worth it,” she says.
Like many busy MOBs, Carey says she loves being able to work for herself, having the freedom to set her own schedule, and being in charge of how her business evolves and succeeds. “Having the flexibility to create my own schedule, but also knowing that I determine what direction what my company will go. I get out of it exactly what I put in. I also really love having a smart and strong team of women working for me and knowing that what we do every day literally changes lives,” she explains.
Carey and All Families Surrogacy offers $750 off their Agency Fee for Intended Parents, and $500 Signing Bonus for approved surrogates to MOB Alliance members.
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