I was 37 when my then-husband and I decided to start a family. My first daughter came easily and when she was born we immediately started trying for number 2. Six and a half years, countless infertility treatments (including IUIs, IVFs, ZIFT, Donor Egg/IVF, heparin, immune testing and more), all I had to show for it was 8 heart-breaking miscarriages – so I turned to surrogacy.
I interviewed many top agencies but they were all about the money with no regard for my emotional state. We eventually “settled” for an agency and our Surrogate was wonderful, but our agency was not. We turned to my friend Kathryn (who by now had started her own agency) for support. Our first Surrogate gave birth to Kira, next came our son, Wyatt. In 2013, with different Surrogate and new Egg Donor, we added one more son, Shane, to our family. My kids are everything to me and it’s hard to remember that at one time, I was so depressed about my infertility that I could barely get out of bed.
Prior to joining The Fertility Agency in 2005, I was a TV producer. I am now living proof of ‘do what you love, love what you do’. I don’t go to ‘work’ every morning – to me, creating families is not a job, it is truly a passion. When not helping make babies, I like to try new recipes, garden, travel and help my kids grow up to be the best adults that they can be.
Lauri is an active member of Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (SEEDS), American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Parents Via Egg Donation (PVED), RESOLVE, Men Having Babies (MHB) and The Directors Guild (DGA). She has appeared on, Voice of America, numerous documentaries, plus she has been featured as an expert in articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, ABC Evening News, Vogue and many other publications. She is a sought-after fertility/infertility expert at conferences around the globe.
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