Tony and Katharine

Our Story

Hi! We’re Tony and Katharine from Ohio. We met 15 years ago in college and have been married for 5 years. Three years ago, we welcomed a son and it was one of the happiest moments of our lives. Sadly, due to complications in childbirth, it was also a bittersweet moment as Katharine is no longer able to carry a child. We are fortunate enough to have created embryos, and with the help of a gestational surrogate, we’re hopeful we can continue to grow our family and give our son a sibling (in addition to his fur-brother!). 

Our interests

We both consider ourselves to be down-to-earth, friendly people. We’re hard-workers and take pride in our jobs (Katharine is a school Speech-Language Pathologist and Tony is a Risk Management Professional). We’re planners who like to keep things organized, but also have no problem letting our son completely take over the house with lots of cars, tractors, puzzles, etc. 

We enjoy being active, playing games (board games, lawn games, trivia – neither of us are afraid of a little competition), cooking and trying new recipes (often Trader Joes inspired), eating our favorite local pizza, watching Bravo (Katharine) and YouTube (Tony), spending time with family and friends (who are all very supportive of us and this journey), football, skiing, going to Michigan in the summertime, traveling, lazy Sunday’s, and our pup, Henry (10-year-old Beagle). 

We are looking for someone who is 

trustworthy, caring, understanding, and also values a stable, supportive home life. We would love someone who is open to communication (texting, talking on the phone) throughout the journey and willing to build a genuine, authentic relationship. It’s hard to say what that looks like, but it’s important to us that we all feel comfortable and complete the journey as a team. We are looking for someone who is willing to work with an agency (for the benefit of all involved!). 

Extra Information

  • Names: Tony & Katharine
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio; very willing to match with someone out of state
  • Number of embryos: 3 (all PGS tested)
  • Agency: We are currently working with an agency
  • Requirements: 
  1. Between 24 and 41 years of age
  2. BMI: no higher than 30
  3. Has carried at least 1 child without complication
  4. Fewer than 3 deliveries via c-section
  5. No smoking, abusing drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications
  6. Not receiving welfare, public housing, or cash assistance from the government
  7. No mental health conditions requiring use of medications within the last 6 months (including depression)
  8. No criminal record
  9. Undergo psych evaluation, hysteroscopy, and mock embryo transfer (one visit)
  10. is a citizen, legal resident, or legal immigrant of the United States
  11. Has the COVID-19 Vaccine

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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