We have been trying for the past 4 years to have a baby. This whole process started because I met my partner a little later in life and early on when I knew he was the one and I started the process of freezing my eggs. However that process was delayed for a year because I had to have a myomyectomy and recover from that before they could even begin the process of freezing my eggs. When I started this process I was 37 and my egg count was low, that coupled with having to wait another year before I could even begin the process and knowing my window of fertility was closing quickly was very challenging. Nevertheless I was committed to having a baby, whichever way that came to us. I did multiple rounds of IVF, maybe 6-7 rounds, maybe more, honestly I lost count. Some were successful, i.e. they were able to retrieve a couple eggs and some had to be canceled. To say that process was emotionally and financially draining is an understatement, but I was committed to it. Everyone thought I was crazy to keep trying, but I knew I what I wanted and I just tried to give myself the best opportunity to have a baby. There were 9 eggs frozen. We ended up having to switch fertility clinics because they made some errors in communication/medication/billing etc. When I got to the new fertility clinic, it was like a breath of fresh air and they recommended doing another round and unfreezing my eggs to make embryos (which we should have done in the first place but we took the previous doctors advice and did eggs). We lost 4 eggs in the unfreezing and got a couple more during another retrieval. We were able to create two embryos, however only one passed all the testing. I ended up doing one more round because for lack of a better term didn’t want to put all my eggs in one basket, and we were able to get one more embryo. So over two years and multiple trials of IVF we have one maybe two shots at having our miracle baby. Even though I had the myomyectomy and they removed 16 fibroids, I still have some left to the point that my uterus is enlarged and measuring as I am 16 weeks pregnant. So we will most likely have to do another surgery at some point to get those out or I just have to live with them. That being said, the reason we are choosing to do a surrogate is because in my 41 years of life, I have never been pregnant, never had a pregnancy scare, etc. That coupled with all my other reproductive challenges and the fact we only have one or two shots at this, we don’t think my uterus is the best home for our baby. I don’t trust my body with all of its problems and after talking with my physician and my partner we all think its best to get a surrogate since we may only have one shot at this. There are just too many unknowns with my reproductive history. We are looking for someone who has had a successful pregnancy and able to provide a better, healthier home to our baby than me. We are a loving couple, have been together for 5 years, just got engaged and getting married next spring. We are both in our 40s, very successful, very educated and financially stable. We are excited and anxious to find a surrogate.