Single Dad Enjoying His Baby Daughter Born Through Surrogacy

Nathan Chan, 33, welcomed his baby daughter, Nanette, into the world in May 2018 following an eight-year journey, which included six surrogate mothers.
Chan’s journey to fatherhood has been anything but straightforward. He decided at the age of 25 that he was serious about becoming a single dad. He began exploring his options, which included surrogacy and adoption.
It was not an easy journey. Over the span of eight years, he and several surrogate mothers endured miscarriages and one stillbirth. At one point in his journey, he said he became the first single man to be approved for domestic adoption in Alberta.
Chan estimates he’s spent $250,000 trying to have a baby since 2009.
“It’s been such a long struggle,” Chan said. “I’ve just learned so much about myself and how you should never give up.”
Finally in May, his daughter, Nanette, was born in Grande Prairie, thanks to a sixth surrogate mother, Crystal Lane.
“I just couldn’t be more proud of her (Nanette) and the women that helped me along the way,” he said.
Lane said she hadn’t seriously considered surrogacy until she met Chan at a trade show.
“Hearing his story shows you how hard of a challenge it was to get there and to finally see it happen was just amazing,” Lane said.
Chan created the Calgary-based consultancy company Proud Fertility with a focus on helping other people who don’t fit the traditional mold of parenthood.
“I think there’s too much stigma and too much judgement,” he said. “Whether you’re 25 or late-50s, and you want to have a kid, you should have a chance.”
Source: Global/Kim Smith
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