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The Family Inceptions Team

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Eloise Drane, Founder

Eloise Drane founded Family Inceptions in 2008 to bridge the gap in gestational surrogacy and egg donation space with ethical, transparent and safe practices. As a six-time egg donor and three-time gestational surrogate, Eloise felt called to help more intended parents start their families, assist other surrogates make an impact in the world, and ensure that young women donating their eggs have an informed and empowered experience.

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Eloise has her BA from DeVry University and MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. She has high standards for her team, as well as the clinic, legal and other professionals she partners with. Eloise has built the Family Inceptions’ program around legal and clinical best practices, informed empowerment, safety, and the desire to create a shared, enriching experience for all involved parties.

As a respected professional in her field, Eloise is a frequent guest and speaker at assisted reproduction technologies events, and on podcasts and shows. Her story and agency were highlighted by OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Eloise continues to educate the public on all things family-building via her own podcast, The Fertility Café. Eloise is a married mother of five and when she has any free time, she enjoys spending it with her family.

“I believe that we are all placed on this earth for a purpose. Each one of us has a specific calling in this world and although it is different for everyone, we are here to serve one another. My purpose is to help women who wish to become surrogates and egg donors and the hopeful parents who wish to partner with them. I feel very lucky to be living my purpose.”

The Family Inceptions Team

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Chelsea Caldwell

Director of Legal Services

Chelsea's Bio

As Director of Legal Services, Chelsea Caldwell oversees the legal considerations of Family Inceptions’ program and serves as attorney to Intended Parents. She enjoys meeting with Intended Parents and is dedicated to securing the parental rights of her clients. Chelsea received a B.S. in Biology with academic honors from Lyon College, followed by two years of medical school. Chelsea earned a Juris Doctorate with academic honors from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She is published in both The University of Memphis Law Review and the Florida International University Law Review on the topic of assisted reproduction.

 

Chelsea is part of the American Bar Association, Family Law Section; Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee; and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Legal Professionals Group. She is also an active advocate with Tennessee Fertility Advocates, a member of SEEDS: Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy, and a member of various bar associations. Chelsea is married and enjoys spending time with her husband and young twin children.

 

“My goal is for each hopeful parent to one day hold their child in their arms without the stress or concern of legal complication. Helping my clients navigate the legal process of assisted reproduction and securing their parental rights is my utmost priority, and I am incredibly honored to get to be a part of their family building journey.”

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Glynna Beechler, MSN, RN (CCE) (CBD)

Intended Parent Advocate

Glynna's Bio

Glynna is a registered nurse and holds a Master’s of Science in nursing leadership and management from Western Governors University. She is a certified childbirth educator, certified birth doula, and member of DONA International. She is a two-time gestational surrogate and has worked in Women’s Health for over 12 years. Her wide-range of experience in the field includes time spent as an L & D nurse, a clinical educator in college nursing programs, a health and wellness instructor for hospital health and wellness programs, and a fertility clinic IVF Coordinator. 

 

Glynna is married with 4 grown children and 2 grandsons. She is also a dog mom to a sassy French bulldog named Wilbur. She is from Upstate NY but now enjoys the full-time sunshine in North Carolina. Glynna loves to work out and lift weights. She also enjoys outdoor activities, kayaking and staying active.

 

“I am here to not only oversee the enforcement of medical standards but to act as a truly invested partner and advocate for our intended parents. Their concerns, considerations and success are personal to me, and I so enjoy bringing the entirety of my experience and education  to the benefit of their journey.”

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Rebecca Bartlett, MMFT

Support Coordinator

Rebecca's Bio

Rebecca is the heart of the intake process at Family Inceptions. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Kentucky and Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. She also has her certification in early childhood education. Rebecca is from Cincinnati and still cheers for the Reds despite having lived in Atlanta since 2005. Rebecca is married with three school-age children and enjoys reading crime novels, listening to podcasts, traveling and taking spin class. She also enjoys attending church, volunteering at her children’s school, Goodwill, Catholic Charities and Furkids, a no-kill animal shelter. 

 

“I enjoy keeping applicants in the know and updated on the process. No matter the question, concern, or hesitation, I am always here to help. It is incredibly rewarding to be part of each surrogate and egg donor’s journey.”  

Jennifer Silva

3rd Party Advocate

Jennifer's Bio

Jennifer was born and raised on Long Island, New York and is a New Yorker for life. She has her Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Farmingdale State College. It took Jen and her husband over 15 years to have their two young daughters. Due to her own challenges, Jen feels a deep commitment to helping guide other hopeful parents through the gauntlet of infertility and family-building. In her free time, Jen enjoys baking with her family and cake decorating. Jen is available during day and evening hours to speak with hopeful parents interested in surrogacy and/or egg donation.  

 

“My children are my biggest accomplishment. Third-party reproduction is deeply personal to me, and it is an honor to help others as I would have appreciated being helped when I was going through the process.” 

April Whitford, BSW, CI, GAL

Surrogate Advocate

April's Bio

April is a passionate and truly devoted surrogate support coordinator. She prides herself on offering a “personal assistant” level of service to the busy moms she works with. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and is a Certified Forensic Investigator, Certified Adoption Investigator, Certified Guardian ad Litem, and has multiple social work licenses in various states. April has been married for over twenty years and has three teenage children. She is originally from Indiana, and now lives in Charleston, SC since 2000, having discovered that she sincerely prefers hurricane season to any mention of snow. April enjoys reading and true crime TV shows. She is a PTA Volunteer and assists with her local foster care department’s independent living teenagers program. 

 

“I love what I do! This is not a job, it is my passion. I have been working in modern family building since the beginning of my career in 2000. My favorite thing to do is build families.  However that looks to you – foster care, surrogacy, biologically – great!  Let’s work on that!”

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Jessi Winkler, LMSW

Surrogate Advocate

Jessi's Bio

Jessi has her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from Valdosta State University. She is a licensed social worker in the state of Georgia, where she is a lifelong resident. Jessi is a diehard fan of the Falcons, Braves, and Dawgs, which means she’s either loyal to a fault, or incurably foolish. Jessi is married and is the mother of two boys. She is active in her children’s schools and also volunteers with a local hospice, a developmental disability center, and various community outreaches when she is able. She is a two-time gestational surrogate and remains close with the family she has helped.

  

“I am passionate about kindness. I may not be able to easily change the world, but I try to change someone’s day as often as I can.  Professionally, I am passionate about being there for the surrogates I work with. I never want them to feel like a name on a checklist or a number in a file. I’m here and will listen. My goal is for every one of them to end their surrogacy journey with no regrets and nothing but joy.”

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