What to keep in mind when giving birth as a surrogate

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What to keep in mind when giving birth as a surrogate

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Regarding a surrogate and delivery, or giving birth for an intended couple, I feel it's really a very personal and individual choice. Curtis and Desmond and I sat down and created a birth plan as what I envisioned happening and what they envisioned happening. And I after doing some soul-searching myself realized that I did not want to have a natural childbirth. I opted to have a Caesarean section, only because these weren't my children and I had to bring myself to a place of emotional safety for myself going forward. So that was a choice that I made, to have a Caeseraen section. Also we talked about possibly pumping so that the boys could have breast milk. And that was something that I really wasn't going to be okay with. Again, I had gone through this amazingly beautiful but yet heightened emotional experience. And I knew where my limits were going to be on a couple of those things were going to be regarding the birth. And the guys were okay with that.
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Angela Whittaker

Voice Actor & Writer

Angela Whittakergrew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Quite the entertainer from a young age, she constantly tortured her family with her self-directed plays and shows.  She received her B.A. in Organizational Communication from California State University, Sacramento.  She found herself doing commercial voice-overs for a medical company, got a voice-over agent, and the world of radio and television opened up to her.  She moved to Nashville to pursue singing, started meditating, and fell more deeply in love with the universe.  She studied meditation with Deepak Chopra and became one of his certified instructors.  She opened a little business called “House of Bliss,” and traveled around the country with Deepak, performing at his seminars, selling CDs (music and spoken-word poetry) and living the life of a spiritual gypsy for a few years.  She ended up on a meditation retreat in India with Deepak and 500 other people from around the world.  Everything turned upside-down during this life-changing trip when she had a vivid dream and decided to carry a baby for her gay friends, Curtis Shaw and his  long term partner- legendary songwriter, Desmond Child. Her pregnancy with the twins is chronicled in Angela's Diary-The Journey of a Surrogate Mother, a memoir awaiting publication and in the documentary, TWO-The Story of Roman and Nyro. Angela now lives with her husband, Manuel, in Santa Monica, California, and does voice-over work, currently represented in both Los Angeles and New York.  Her meditation practice remains the glue that keeps it all together, and she enjoys teaching in her spare time.  

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