Vermont Surrogacy Network's Newest Team Member
Hi everyone! I’m Mo. If you don’t know me, I’ve been a small part of the Vermont Surrogacy Network team for a few years. I’m so excited to say that I’ll be increasing my time with Jes. We figured now would be a great time to introduce myself so you could get to know me a little better.
I grew up in northern New Hampshire with my parents and my older sister. Mom and Dad came from Quebec, so we primarily spoke French at home (I learned English as a toddler, watching shows like Sesame Street). When I was 4, I decided I wanted to be a nurse, but that dream was quickly squashed when I realized that I was afraid of blood. And needles. And… well, you get the idea.
I came back to the thought of nursing in my twenties, when I got my LNA license and worked in a nursing home. Between getting married, moving to Vermont, and having my first child, I discovered a passion for women’s health. I worked my way through nursing school and graduated in 2010.
I was lucky enough to get hired after graduation at the same location I had worked since I moved to Vermont: a women’s health center that saw women in all stages of life, from routine gynecological visits, to obstetrics, to oncology, to infertility. After the birth of my second child, I eventually found my home in the infertility department, overseeing and coordinating the third-party reproduction program.
For the last six years, I have been working at Northeastern Reproductive Medicine as a staff nurse as well as the coordinator of the third-party cycles. Coincidentally, Jes was undergoing her own surrogate journey at the same time as the office opened, and we ended up connecting and bonding with each other. That bond strengthened when Jes opened Vermont Surrogacy Network and we began to work closely together on surrogate/intended parent cycles.
A few years ago, Jes asked me to help her out by doing preliminary reviews of medical records submitted by potential surrogates to determine if they would be appropriate to continue screening. Since then, I’ve started helping her in the office with administrative tasks when I wasn’t at my full-time job.
And now it’s 2021. I’m divorced, and my daughters are now well established in the tween/teen phase of their development. Life has gone all sideways, and the kids are spending more time at home than ever, especially during the day. I made the incredibly difficult decision to leave NRM in order to be more available to the girls when they’re doing their remote schoolwork. In doing so, I have the opportunity to spend more time at VSN with Jes.
I have such a passion for helping to grow families. In the last 10 years, I’ve made such amazing connections with individuals and couples, and have been blessed to see so many babies come into the world to deserving people who wouldn’t have had the chance to do so without a little help. I’m so glad that I get to continue doing that at VSN and keep building the relationships I cherish.