“‘This is your chance to give a family the blessing of a child,’ Wardell told me,” Allen said in an October 2017 interview with the New York Post. “Besides, I wanted to stay at home with my sons rather than return to my job as a senior caregiver. We decided we’d put the money toward buying a house.”
Allen consequently signed up with Omega Family Global, a San Diego-based surrogacy agency. And before long the agency had paired her with a Chinese couple who were looking for an American surrogate. So by April 2016 Allen was ready to have a frozen embryo surgically implanted in her womb.
The procedure was a success. With the embryo implanted, Allen fell pregnant with someone else’s child as planned. As her contract outlined, she refrained from sexual intercourse with her husband until an IVF doctor told her that it was safe.