Brian and Crystal

Our Story

Hi from the heart of America! After 4.5 years of trying to start our family, we’re turning to a GC for help. After 3 natural pregnancy losses, we did a round of IVF in June 2020. After all the testing possible, and two more losses with IVF pregnancies, we turned a Reproductive Immunologist. After 34 vials of blood and more biopsies, we learned that I have numerous immuno and blood clotting disorders along with high natural killer cells and cytokines. We attempted one more transfer in March 2022 with our RI and RE team, and after a positive first ultrasound, we were devastated to learn we’d lost our sixth baby a week later. We’ve taken some time to process our next steps and have accepted that my body many not be able to carry a baby full-term. We want to give our two embryos the best chance and believe a GC is our best option. We love our RE and he is on board all the way! We think all GCs are completely selfless and special, & we’re looking to connect with someone that’s open, caring, and excited to be on this journey with us. We’ve been praying over our journey and trust that the right GC will find her way to us. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, we are an open book about our struggles and goals!

Our Interests

We both love to travel and spend time outside – Crystal loves the beach & Brian loves the mountains, we try to spend time visiting both!

Crystal loves taking morning walks, cooking, bible studies, spending time with family & friends and snuggling with our Westie, Otis.

Brian likes taking care of our big yard, taking Otis to the dog park, studying genealogy, and loves cheering for the Chiefs!

Extra Information

  • Names: Brian & Crystal
  • Location: Shawnee, KS
  • Number of embryos: 2
  • Agency: No, but willing to take a GC to one if preferred.
  • Surrogate Compensation: 
  • $30,000-$40,000 range

The Biggest Ask Says

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine provides the following recommendations for evaluation of gestational carriers (i.e., many fertility clinics will require the following for their gestational carriers) :

  • Carried at least 1 child without complications
  • Fewer than 3 deliveries via c-section 
  • Body mass index in between 19 and 32
  • No smoking, abusing drugs, alcohol or prescription medications
  • Not receiving welfare, public housing or cash assistance from the government
  • Has a stable home life with emotional and child care support
  • No mental health conditions requiring the use of medications within the last 6 months (including depression)
  • No criminal record
Watch the following video to review the Medical and Psychological Clearance procedures that surrogates must complete.

No one likes to talk about surrogate compensation, but it is an important factor in any surrogacy agreement. The following is how we classify high, medium and low compensation (excluding the value of any benefits). Many factors affect surrogate compensation including surrogate experience (e.g., has the woman been a surrogate before?), whether the surrogate is signed up with an agency and surrogate preferences.

  • Low = surrogate compensation less than $20,000
  • Medium = surrogate compensation between $20,000 and $40,000
  • High = surrogate compensation greater than $40,000

You can learn more about how much surrogates get paid in our surrogacy guide’s module: “How much does surrogacy cost?”.

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