David and Alex, along with their surrogate Jessica, featured in NYT video
In December 2009 our group members David and Alex were featured in a documentary video made by the New York Times and titled: “Donors, Daddies, Surrogates, Lawyers”. The three, along with the little baby Jessica carried for the new dads, were our June 2009 Pride guests. Jessica is mom to 14 year-old Caleb and lives in a suburb of Nashville with her husband, Eric. Jessica is an ESL teacher and works with a variety of populations in and around the Nashville area. She is a first-time gestational surrogate, and describes the journey as “a most affecting and rewarding experience”.
On December 12th, 2009, the New York Times posted this video as part of a story on surrogacy called “Building a Baby, with Few Ground Rules” which presented a rather negative and one-sided perspective on surrogacy, particularly when states lack legal protections for those pursuing parenthood. At our December 2009 meeting we discussed the article, and some of the reactions to it. In addition, steps were reviewed that can be taken to minimize such negative events, which are by far the exception rather than the norm. In fact, The NY Times reporter who wrote the piece was a guest at our June 2009 meeting, but the positive stories she witnessed were not mentioned in the article. Instead, the Times posted the beautiful video on their website. Enjoy!