Posts Tagged ‘surrogacy’

Dear Angela Bassett,

Dear Angela,

I want to thank you for being open about your journey to your twins.  I know that for you, it may have not seemed as important to speak out as it was for those of us who were able to see it, but I am so grateful.  Out of all your work, this is the role for which I am most proud of you.

To see your smiling face in People magazine, speaking of the eternal gratitude you and your husband have for your gestational surrogate, was IMPORTANT.  It was meaningful to a brown girl such as myself who had not seen anyone of my race discuss surrogacy before.  It was important for me to understand that surrogacy was not weird or awkward, but an insurmountable gift.

I want to thank you for showing me an example of a strong, black family who wanted children, instead of being overwhelmed by them.  So many of the images I had seen until then showed women who’s children were their obstacle, and something they had to become successful in spite of.  You showed me that even in Hollywood, family was important.  You proved to me that having children to reflect the love you and your husband shared was not too strange of a request.  You proved to me that motherhood was worth fighting for.  That parenthood was as important a goal as success.

I thank you for being honest about your decision to use a surrogate.  I thank you for being honest about the seven years it took you and Courtney to achieve your family.  I’m grateful for you explaining to the masses what gestational surrogacy meant, in relation to your babies being your 100% biological offspring, though I WISH we didn’t have to make that distinction.

I thank YOU for giving me a reflection that was accessible.  I thank you for being real.

As I look at the mother you’ve become,…and the journey you took to get there,…



Blessed to be a Blessing

This is Dr. Camille Hammond

This is Dr. Hammond’s mother Dr. Tinina Cade.



In 2005, Camille and her husband Jason became the parents of triplets.
Triplets who were carried to term and given birth to by her mother, Tinina.
What an amazing gift.

Because of her unique experience in dealing with infertility, Dr. Hammond felt the need to fill a void that for many is the deciding factor in whether or not they can pursue parenthood: money to cover IVF.  InVitro Fertilization, is the process of sperm and egg being joined together outside of the body and then re-implanted into the woman’s uterus.  In the United States,the average cost of this procedure is $12,000.  Many couples, regardless of race, just don’t have that lying around.

To give back to the infertility community, Dr. Hammond founded the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation, an organization which seeks to provide family-building resources to couples in need.  The foundation actively engages community members in various cities through activities such as Fertili-Teas, tea parties for Infertility Awareness, FertiliWines, wine tastings for infertility awareness, and an amazing annual Race For the Family.  These are just a glimpse of the many things that this great company takes part in, but one of the most amazing feats is the Family Building grant.

Each year, through an application process, the Cade Foundation awards SIX $10,000 grants to couples in need of assistance for IVF treatments or domestic adoption expenses.  I first mentioned the Cade Foundation grant exactly one year ago this Thursday, and am more in awe of them now than I was then.  I so wanted to find a way to make sure that people were hearing about these options so that we could put an end to the “that costs too much” barriers of IVF and adoption.

That being said, it is my GREAT honor to announce that a portion of the proceeds from this year’s A.H.A. Gala will be donated to the Cade Foundation to assist in funding a Family Building grant.  I have always been humbled by people who make their adversity their mission.  Dr. Hammond has done just that.

On Friday, September 17, 2010, the Broken Brown Egg will make our formal debut into society as an advocate for infertility and reproductive health. Please help us help others by purchasing a ticket to the A.H.A. Gala. There will be great information, connections and entertainment, but most importantly, we will be giving someone their power back over infertility.  Won’t you please help? Your ticket or donation has the power to create a new life for someone.  We hope to see you.

A.H.A. Gala for African American Infertility and Reproductive Health Awareness
a night of Awareness, Hope, and Activism
Loft on Lake
1366 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL.

Purchase tickets (or donate) here: A.H.A. Gala
Please feel free to contact us for sponsorship and partnership opportunities as well!
Learn more about our friends at the Cade Foundation by clicking here: Cade Foundation

Please Note: “The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation Selection Committee is responsible for the review of all Family Building Grant applications and makes the decision about funding. All complete applications will be reviewed and considered regardless of color, race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, elderliness, familial status, or handicap.”
*2010 Grant Submissions are closed.

Three Booktalks!

Alright, so I missed a couple days…I know, bad me.

So, lucky for you, I’ve included THREE stories for you.  Books about grandfamilies, foster care and other family building options are in today’s video!

For one of the books, I didn’t have the book on hand, but I do have some pics for you!  So, since I’m behind,..I’m gonna shut up and let the vlog do the talkin!

Hope and Will have a baby

Byrne, Gayle, and Mary Haverfield. Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas, Not Mommies and Daddies. New York: Abbeville Kids, 2009. Print.
Celcer, Iréné, and Horacio Gatto. The Gift. Niskayuna, N.Y.: Graphite, 2009. Print.
Nelson, Julie, and Mary Gallagher. Kids Need to Be Safe: a Book for Young Children in Foster Care.Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Pub., 2006. Print.
Free Spirit Publishing


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African-American Egg Donor Program Finds Black Egg Donors

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