|Our two little Emryos|
12 eggs received
11 eggs mature
9 eggs fertilized
4 eggs highly viable
2 eggs transferred
When we arrived at the clinic I was called back to the room almost instantly. Probably because of the film crew following me around. (Yes, film crew. Keep reading.)
I then had to sit in the room for quite awhile while we signed all sorts of papers. Some were to allow for the transfer to happen, some were to allow for the procedure to be filmed. Then we all crowded into the room. The doc, the nurse, me, the E.D., my aunt Becky, the camera woman and the audio man. Then we had an embarrassing fumble with Skype while we tried to get the boys tuned in to the show.
Finally, everything was ready. I laid back and the catheter was inserted into the cervix. I did not feel a thing. Moments later I watched as the little white embryo blob went in. And then that was that. I feel so proud. I feel so excited. And, truly, I feel so tired.
I know you won't let me get away
with just telling that much.
The big announcement, obviously, is that I will be followed by a film crew for the rest of my journey.
I have been asked and have accepted invitation to work with Charles Smith, a film maker living in NYC on his project, titled "Atypical Family." The feature follows women in every phase of the surrogacy process. B's egg retrieval was recorded last week as part of the process. Other past surrogates will have supplemental interviews added to the project as well. The film maker will follow me, my family, and my uterus up to (and through) the delivery room.
The film seeks to educate and dispel myths surrounding surrogates and surrogacy in general. This quite literally fell into my lap without any provocation. I am over the moon to be in a position to help a cause I feel so passionately about. We are a unique story, since I know our Egg Donor, and she is a family member. On a micro level I was very excited for the living, breathing yearbook that this film will create for these tiny embryos, inserted just today. Someday they'll be able to watch their creation, and hear those most closely involved with their creation tell the story. I am proud to be creating that for them.
The project has not yet found a permanent home. It is being highly shopped by a national platform you've all heard of, with a few other entities showing interest as well. I can't reveal who yet though. Please don't ask. It may also wind up being circulated on the Indy Film circuit in NYC in the future.