Giving Tree Surrogacy is a full-service agency that guides intended parents at every step of the surrogacy and egg donation journey. CEO Vivien Liu and her team know very well that “sometimes it takes a village to grow love,” so they’re committed to facilitating the process, both for intended parents and their surrogates. We loved hearing from Vivien about how she was inspired to start the agency and how rewarding it is to closely accompany so many intended parents on their path to parenthood. Check out our interview to learn more about Giving Tree Surrogacy and for Vivien’s helpful advice…
“Sometimes it takes a village to grow love”
1. What inspired you to work in the fertility industry?
I was first introduced to the fertility world through the experience of one of my close friends. Her fertility journey brought her to California where I helped her navigate IVF and surrogacy by researching IVF clinics and helping her understand the process as surrogacy is illegal in China. I really felt for her and admired her bravery. This led me to want to help more women achieve their dreams of motherhood and make sure they got the best support throughout their journey.
2. We’d love to hear your story – can you share some highlights of the journey since opening in 2015?
We initially began as a concierge service connecting intended parents with IVF practices, legal counsel, and surrogacy and egg donation professionals. Within a couple of years, we elevated our program and evolved into an inclusive, full-service surrogacy and egg donation agency. We now proudly work with intended parents in the US and around the globe.
3. What has been your most rewarding experience personally over your years in this work?
No two journeys are alike and they each carry a story that inspires hope and resilience. One journey that instantly comes to mind is an intended mother of ours who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Between her trips to the Mayo Clinic, surgeries, and medications over a course of five years, her ovaries were left compromised. When she came to us, she still had every intention of becoming a mother and had a short window to start an IVF cycle before she needed to begin taking medication that would further impact her fertility.
Our team immediately got to work and coordinated with her IVF clinic. She went through two rounds of IVF and they were able to produce quality embryos. From there, we matched her with two gestational carriers and each carrier delivered a healthy baby girl. While this is proof that miracles happen when a village comes together, I am even happier to share that she is now cancer free.
CEO Vivien Liu, with Senior Surrogate Consultant, Jannette Mendez, and Case Manager, Jiajia Gao.
4. What is your advice for intended parents just beginning to consider surrogacy?
It is a little cliche, but I still think it’s important to remind intended parents – just like no two people are alike, no two journeys are the same. At Giving Tree Surrogacy, we focus on understanding your unique needs and then developing a journey plan that will take you through each stage of the egg donation and surrogacy process with a level of communication and guidance that will turn you into an expert by the time your baby is here.
5. Is there anything else you’d like to share about Giving Tree Surrogacy?
While we are a full-service surrogacy and egg donation agency, we are inspired by our concierge heritage. You will find every member of our team is invested in your journey from start to finish. And to take it one step further, every one of us is your cheerleader, and we celebrate you for the strength and joy you carry throughout your journey to parenthood.
What we do is not only build families, but also bring the peace and joy of making something seemingly impossible possible – and for that reason, everyone working in this industry should be proud of themselves.
The Giving Tree Surrogacy Team
Thank you for sharing Giving Tree Surrogacy’s story with us Vivien, and for supporting so many intended parents on their journey!
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