Surrogacy Gives Hope To Childless Couples

Published on Thursday October 15th, 2015 by Jenna Jones, OC Register staff writer

Our very own Andrea Muehlhaus and Tyler Zion interviewed by the OC Register. Andrea tells her heartwarming story of her beautiful surrogacy journey for two Dads.

"Surrogacy changed my life! says Andrea Muehlhaus, Surrogate Program Coordinator, West Coast Surrogacy, Inc.

Photo: Dylan Cronrod, 13 months, with his surrogate mother, Andrea Muehlhause, and his two dads, Allen Artclif-Cronrod and Robbie Cronrod.


On July 28, 2014, Andrea Muehlhaus underwent a C-section and gave birth to Dylan, a dark-haired baby boy, at Saddleback Memorial-Laguna Hills. The newborn took his first breath at 8:20 a.m. and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces. He was perfectly healthy, with 10 fingers and 10 toes.
After the delivery and recovery, the baby went home with his fathers – Robbie Cronrod and Allen Artcliff-Cronrod, a married couple from Los Angeles. Since their first date, they had talked about wanting children, and Muehlhaus had given them that chance.

Muehlhaus lives in Westminster and has two children of her own, ages 10 and 6. She gave birth to a little boy for another gay couple three years ago. “I wanted to give back in some way, and for me personally, I wanted to help gay couples because they can’t have a child on their own,” Muehlhaus said. “They need someone else and I felt like I could be that person who could help them create their family.”
Muehlhaus is not genetically related to either of the surrogate children she carried. As a gestational surrogate, she was implanted with an embryo through in vitro fertilization. The egg was harvested from an egg donor and fertilized through one of the fathers’ sperm.

"...many couples who come to West Coast Surrogacy have suffered multiple miscarriages, serious illnesses and years of infertility." – Tyler Zion, Intended Parent Coordinator, West Coast Surrogacy, Inc.

A traditional surrogate is a woman who is artificially inseminated with a father’s sperm, then carries the child to term. She uses her own egg and is the child’s genetic mother. The couple seeking and using a surrogate are known as the “intended parents.”
Now a surrogate program coordinator at West Coast Surrogacy in Irvine, Muehlhaus matches surrogates to intended parents and guides them through the process. Her most recent surrogacy was handled independently before she started working there. Surrogacy agencies usually process commercial surrogacy cases in which a woman is paid to carry a child. West Coast Surrogacy coordinated 46 births last year and works solely with gestational surrogacy.

"During the matching process at West Coast Surrogacy, the surrogate’s and intended parents’ personal beliefs are taken into account." – Zion

To find out more about West Coast Surrogacy's Surrogate Mother Requirements and Surrogate Mother Process visit our website, and click on the section Become a Surrogate.

If you think becoming a Surrogate is for you, and want to give the gift of unparalleled compassion, West Coast Surrogacy would love to speak with you! Apply Today by filling out our easy online application
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