US actress Gabrielle Union has welcomed a baby girl with husband Dwayne Wade via surrogate
Gabrielle has a long history of fertility issues and has been open about their struggle to have a family.
The 46-year-old comedy actress became mother to Kaavia James Union Wade after a secret surrogacy journey that was revealed in November.
The Being Mary Jane star took to Instagram to announce the arrival on November 7.
She said in the post: “We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days. Welcome to the party sweet girl.”
The star has been very open about her journey, explaining recently that she’d had nine recurrent early miscarriages and eight rounds of failed IVF treatment.
She was diagnosed with adenomyosis after years of painful, long periods in her 40s, towards the end of her fertility journey.
According to UK charity Endometriosis UK, adenomyosis is a similar condition to endometriosis where endometrial tissue grows within the wall of the uterus and responds to the hormonal changes each month causing severe pain. Prevalence is not known as diagnosis is difficult and symptoms are usually managed by hormonal treatments.
Research by Endometriosis UK (Diagnosis Survey, 2015) shows that it typically takes more than seven years for a correct diagnosis to be made. During this time women may suffer agonising pain each month which impacts on their lives, relationships and ability to work.
There is currently no cure and many women suffer for years not knowing they have the condition. Endometriosis UK is campaigning for women to be diagnosed quicker.
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