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When a woman reaches a juncture in her life where she is prepared to learn more about surrogacy, naturally so many questions will race through her mind. If she opts to go with a surrogacy agency, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to be teamed up with one which is established and has a longstanding history.

Above all, during the meticulous research process, make certain that their headquarters is not out of their home but in reality is located at a true business office setting. A first impression of professionalism is the core of an efficient agency.

After one signs on with an agency, they often wonder, and rightly so, how long it takes to start the official surrogacy process of an embryo transfer. For some, it can take roughly six months. However, each case is different and it may be a bit longer or shorter.

But before leaping ahead into carrying a baby for someone in need, a woman who decides to become a surrogate can choose her intended parent(s). She is empowered to let her heart lead her in this direction.

So many intended parents have their own profound stories on why they need help building their families. While a past illness has rendered a woman infertile, another may have been born without a uterus. And for gay husbands, their need to have a surrogate is the missing piece to their own familial puzzle.

For Lisa Ritter, a two-time surrogate with Extraordinary Conceptions, a California surrogacy and egg donor agency, she said she was very open to help anyone.

“I didn’t feel that it was my place to really judge or say who should or shouldn’t be allowed to be a parent,” she said. “For me, it was easy to review the intended parents’ profiles I was given and trust that my coordinator had matched us properly.”

Just as long as the intended parent(s) were stabile and had the desire to be a loving parent, she was happy to help them achieve their ultimate goal of being a mother or father.

“To me, their ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or marital status did not matter to me. Again, I was not there to judge. I was just there to help them become parents and to complete their family,” she said.

In Lisa’s situation, both she and her coordinator at Extraordinary Conceptions made the decision.

During the process, Lisa was asked numerous questions to help guide the agency in finding her a perfect match.

“I went into the process with no expectations. I was open to see how it went and how the relationship would grow, and I was alright with seeing how the relationship developed,” she said. “If it was that I carried their baby for them and that was all they wanted, then I was alright with that. If it developed into a relationship I was alright with that, too.”

Having the true heart and soul of a surrogate, Lisa said that the surrogacy journey was not about her. It was about helping someone special finally experience the love of a child.

“And it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” she said.

To learn more about becoming a surrogate, please visit Extraordinary Conceptions at or call at 760-438-2265.