Beginning a new chapter or taking a journey down a different path can open you up to new adventures. That experience may also introduce you to special people who become a significant part of your future. April Chavez, 31, opened a new door of opportunity when she decided to become a surrogate. After two successful journeys her heart is still open with more to give.
I am a mother of three beautiful children; Laylah (10), Amayah (9) and Aysaiah (7). My husband, Lorenzo, and I have been married for 11 years. He has served in the Military for a decade. Although being a military family comes with challenges, it has also made us stronger. For us, becoming parents was our dream come true and we completed our family at a young age. I truly love being pregnant and wanted to help other couples, who were faced with obstacles, start a family.
My first journey began five years ago. I met the intended parents; we instantly connected and were excited to get started. Soon after, I found out I was pregnant with a baby girl. In December of 2008 their beautiful healthy baby was born. When you see how much love parents have for their newborn it makes the experience so satisfying. I am grateful to be part of that miracle.
My second surrogacy journey was an experience full of love but also loss. For this journey I decided to help a gay couple start a family. After meeting the dad’s we were all excited to move forward. We implanted one embryo and five days later got the positive results. I was pregnant! Both dads flew to my hometown for the big gender reveal. I knew the gender, because of a previous ultrasound so I made them a cake and inside it was the color blue for a baby boy. We cut the cake and the dad’s found the exciting “color” announcing their son! The due date approached fast and that summer their healthy baby was born.
I went into my second surrogacy thinking we may do a sibling project, meaning I would help them have another baby. But a year ago we heard some devastating news. The biological father found out he had brain cancer. He was strong and fought hard, but lost his battle in March. The last year was really hard for us all. Even though I had only known him for a little more than two years it was like losing a family member. It breaks my heart to say that cancer took his life but it did not take away all of the love we have for him. Before he got sick one of his goals was to start a surrogacy agency and help others find the joy that he and his partner found through the process. He knew I had always wanted to work for an agency as well. I wanted to not only be a surrogate but I be able to connect others and help them on their path of becoming parents. I recently was hired to to work for Expect Miracles. This is another dream come true because I am not only doing this for me but for the amazing man we lost. I hope he is proud of me for achieving this goal. I love getting the chance to show that surrogacy is a very positive experience. It is my passion. I am here to help others and be the best mom, wife, friend and surrogate I can be.