EXPERIENCING SURROGACY is the true story of how a beautiful girl named Ava arrived in our world through a years-long collaboration of patience, determination, love, friendship, and professionalism between two couples, their families, and a host of professionals. The story is told, step by step, from the respective perspectives of the book’s authors: Melissa, the gestational surrogate who carried and gave birth to Ava, and Emily, Ava’s intended parent and mother. In telling the story, the authors provide the reader with a unique look into and candid advice about every step in the surrogacy process from the two most important sides of the surrogacy experience.
Surrogacy is a unique, beautiful, and challenging way to have a baby. Whether you are looking into surrogacy as an intended parent or surrogate, are a professional in a related field, or are simply curious about surrogacy and want to know more, the authors hope that through you reading about their experiences and hearing their advice, you will feel more informed about the surrogacy process. No matter your level of existing knowledge or reason for interest, if you choose to read this book, then you are guaranteed to learn something new about surrogacy. And you will be treated to a beautiful story, that is both fascinating and joyous, along the way.
EMILY DUBIN FIELD is a mom thanks to IVF and surrogacy. It was a long, hard, and emotional road for her to finally become a mom. She is very open about her fertility journey and feels that, when you go through something difficult in life, who better than you to do something about it for others? She has her MBA in nonprofit management and has dedicated her career to making a difference in the world. Emily and her husband Gregg started Field Fertility in 2016, which is a legal and consulting business working with intended parents, surrogates, egg donors, sperm donors, and embryo donors. Field Fertility is a member of the Society of Ethics of Egg Donation and Surrogacy, American Bar Association, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Resolve, Men Having Babies, and Family Equality and is a supporter of Feit 4 Kidz Fertility Fund by JFLA and Baby Quest Foundation. Emily may be contacted at: email@example.com and at www.fieldfertility.com.
MELISSA FLECK currently spends her time as a mom to two very active kids, is a wife to a hardworking law enforcement officer, and is an active member of the surrogacy community. She has been working at the Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc. since 2016, where she is a surrogate case manager. Having been a surrogate herself, she gets to pay it forward by interviewing and guiding potential surrogates on their surrogacy journey, working for the same agency that brought her and her intended parent and coauthor, Emily, together. Melissa also enjoys working out at her local boot camp-style gym, watching her kids play sports, attending Dodgers games, spending time with friends and extended family, and watching as many movies as she can.
Can healing be chronically received?
Everyone needs a healing touch, whether in a physical, soulful, or spiritual way. While there can be frustration in facing a chronic issue, hope can be yours in the waiting. Sharing from her personal journey of living with Type 1 diabetes (which is incurable, humanly speaking), Courtney Cohen, author of Refining Identity, reveals how God has manifested healing throughout her life, in the very midst of this disease.
Discussion Guide to help you dive in deeper – perfect for individuals and groups.
Practical tools for healthy living you can immediately apply as you grow in stewarding your body and soul to more fully honor God.
Although each story is unique, the truth of God’s hope and healing exist in every circumstance. He wants to meet you in your present reality – bringing very real healing to your life, from the inside out. Discover God’s plan for your personal, chronic healing.
What Leaders Are Saying About Chronic Healing…
In Chronic Healing, Courtney Cohen masterfully weaves genuine biblical teaching into her personal story of fighting against disease. Whatever challenges lie ahead for you, her doubts and fears will resonate with your own. The person facing diffi cult days ahead where questions loom large and reasons seem soft-will fi nd her answers soothing to the soul, like a deep well in a dry land. This book should rest on the shelf of any person who confronts trouble.
Robb Brewer PhD – Equipping Pastor Gateway Church
If you need a healing touch in your life – in your body, soul, or spirit – this book is for you! You will be challenged and encouraged as Courtney shares about the hope of Jesus and the miracles in her life even while waiting on her miracle. If you are searching to know more, you will not be disappointed! Chronic Healing will inspire you!
Amy Ford – Founder of Embrace Grace & Author of A Bump In Life
Chronic Healing will help anyone who needs to be encouraged by a life-changing diagnosis. Courtney’s transparent stories of failure and victory flow from a mature walk with Jesus. She presents a biblical approach to praying through different challenges and stages of managing a lifelong change in diet, exercise, and medication. As a family member of someone who has Type 1 diabetes, I highly recommend this book.
Jill Monaco – Founder of Single Matters & Jill Monaco Ministries
Courtney Cohen’s testimony regarding her journey, after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, imparts outstanding insight to those who are facing trials and health challenges. Her desire to help those who are walking through difficulties and struggles, along with her tremendous heart for God, shines through the pages of her book. You will be strengthened and encouraged as she shares her story and the discoveries she has made while listening to and responding to the promptings of the Spirit of God. Through Chronic Healing, you will gain knowledge and understanding that will assist you in your personal journey to living a victorious life.
Gaye Moss – Author of God’s Amazing Love & Walking In Victory
The moment I heard the title of Courtney Cohen’s latest book, Chronic Healing: Hope and Healing for Body, Soul, & Spirit, I understood exactly what she was getting at. Many of us live in the crux of believing God heals yet finding ourselves daily in a fight for our health. Courtney transparently shares her journey of learning to embrace the beauty of a life dependent upon the daily deliverance and healing of Jesus Christ. She reminded me that in the midst of my own battle for my health and wholeness, Christ is faithful and that I can count on Him to meet me right where I am. If you or someone you love struggles with chronic illness, discouragement or fear, you will find hope, healing and strength in the words of this book.
Jan Greenwood – Pastor, Pink Gateway Women & Author of Women at War