While many may believe that conceiving a child is simple, the sobering reality is that for many individuals and couples this is not the case. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, several million people are battling infertility.
And that’s where Extraordinary Conceptions, based in Carlsbad, lends a compassionate hand.
The founders of Extraordinary Conceptions, Mario and Stephanie Caballero, were faced with infertility. Their battle was fierce with multiple artificial inseminations, in vitro fertilizations, surgeries, and miscarriages.
Hope emerged when Stephanie’s cousin became their surrogate carrying their twins more than 13 years ago.
Extraordinary Conceptions, an international egg donor and surrogate agency, opened its doors a decade ago. The company is quick to point out that their success is measured by the exceptional women wanting to be of service for someone in need either as an egg donor or surrogate.
First time egg donors can earn from $5,000 to $8,000. Repeat donors have the potential to earn much more; and, first time surrogate compensation ranges from $35,000 to $40,000 with the possibility to earn up to $60,000 as a repeat surrogate.
Surrogates must already be mothers whereas egg donors do not.
Two-time surrogate with Extraordinary Conceptions, Lisa Ritter, describes how her experience transcended the financial compensation.
“Surrogacy is so much more than the compensation. You learn about yourself and experience what your mind, body and soul are truly capable of,” said Ritter, a former military wife. “You are able to make another person’s dream of parenthood come true by giving life and there really is no way to put that into words — the feeling is indescribable.”
Being pregnant is a 24/7 job and Extraordinary Conceptions makes certain their surrogates are compensated well.
While Ritter’s experiences have left an indelible imprint, she admits the financial benefits allowed her to help her family financially while being able to teach her children firsthand what it means to help others.
“Being a surrogate was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Being able to help someone complete their family and welcome them to the world of parenthood through surrogacy, with Extraordinary Conceptions was amazing,” she said. “Seeing an Intended Parent hold their baby for the first time is a wonderful moment that every person should experience, if they can.”
Maya Lee has been an egg donor for Extraordinary Conceptions multiple times.
She describes the experience as “remarkable,” knowing that she is helping a couple struggling from infertility. Memorable experiences have also paved the way.
“I’ve traveled to cities I’ve never been to. I’ve met incredibly special people. I’ve been a part of people’s lives in a way that not many will ever be able to accomplish,” she said. Maya continued, “I would absolutely do it again.”
Both egg donors and surrogates agree that their experience is like no other which is filled with gratefulness and sincere appreciation from those who need help having a baby and have already endured so much.
Extraordinary Conceptions has assisted hundreds of couples all over the globe build the families they were meant to have.
While the agency grows more robust with each passing year, Stephanie and Mario have never lost sight of the fact how exceptional surrogates and egg donors are.
For the Caballero’s, without their surrogate, they would never have experienced the love of their children.
This compassion also extends to their company team members where some are current or former surrogates and egg donors.
Surrogates and egg donors provide the miracle of birth every single day and because of this, Extraordinary Conceptions makes certain these incredible ladies are placed on a kindhearted pedestal. At every turn, they redefine their goals so they can pamper their surrogates and egg donors even more. After all, these ladies deserve the very best.
To learn more about the egg donor or surrogacy journey, log onto extraconceptions.com or call (760) 438-2265.