My name is Chelsea Hernandez and I am the Surrogate Intake Coordinator at SAI. My role is to assist our Surrogate Program Director with potential Surrogate intake.
As a child, I remember watching a documentary on what was then called “test tube babies”. At the time, I thought it was very interesting that you could create life with science and that a woman could carry this life to make someone else’s fervent dream of becoming a parent come true.
I completed my first journey with SAI in 2019, when I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. The father and I still keep in contact to this very day. That moment when he met his daughter for the very first time will always be such a powerful and indescribable feeling. I am now in the process of another surrogacy journey and I cannot wait for my current Intended Parents to have that same experience.
My family and I live in Northern Virginia, thanks to my husband’s service in the Marine Corps. This move from the West Coast has been an adjustment, but it has given me the opportunity to work out of Surrogate Alternatives’ East Coast office.
THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MY JOB:
I get to help people! I truly enjoy acting in service to others, so being able to incorporate that passion into “my love of all things surrogacy” is an amazing, added bonus! I get to be there for our surrogates from the very beginning, before they even sign up. I love being able to see the process unfold from those first steps all of the way to the birth of a beautiful, healthy baby.
- I have an older sister whom I share a birthday will. The kicker? We are NOT twins! She is 7-years-older than me; she was born a few weeks before her due date and I was born very fashionably late.
- I am bilingual (Spanish/English). Growing up in San Diego, my mother placed me in a Spanish immersion school where I learned everything in Spanish. In middle school, I even learned how to play Chess in Spanish, and read the cult classic Lord of the Flies (which I have yet to read in English).
My two boys’ birthdays are inverts of each other, I think the universe wanted to give me a hand up and have an easy way at never forgetting their birthdays!