Former Miss World, Rosanna Davison and her husband Wesley Quirke have revealed they are to have a child with the help of a surrogate
The couple decided to seek help after multiple miscarriages and described their journey as ‘long and tough’.
The 35-year-old Irish model, actress and writer revealed the news on her Instagram account, along with an image of the couple holding a pink baby grow.
The 2003 Miss World winner told her 153,000 followers: “@wesquirke and I are overjoyed to share the news that we’re expecting a baby girl in November (by gestational surrogate). As our families and close friends know, this has been a long and very tough journey for us, sadly with multiple miscarriages along the way.
“We’ve dreamed of being parents for many years and I would have loved to carry my own baby, but for reasons unknown (most likely embryo rejection due to an overactive immune system) and although tests show excellent fertility, I’ve been unable to sustain any of my pregnancies, despite the best efforts of reproductive immunology experts and a lot of immune-suppressant medication, injections, intravenous infusions and surgery.”
She said that following medical advice, surrogacy abroad became their only option for a biological child and how thankful they were for modern medicine, and grateful to a team of doctors, embryologists, nurses, pregnancy coordinators and everyone involved.
She said: “Of course our amazing surrogate for keeping our little daughter healthy and safe. We already love her so much and can’t wait to finally hold her.”
Heartbreak of fertility struggles and pregnancy loss
Talking of her journey before the couple decided on surrogacy, she said the experience had been ‘profoundly lonely, frightening and devastating for both men and women’ and added that pregnancy announcements were ‘difficult to see’.
She said: “Statistically, one in six people in Ireland face fertility issues and almost 8,000 Irish couples undergo fertility treatment annually. If you’re going through this, I send you all of my love and support. As painful as it is, I’ve found that talking about it openly with trusted family and friends is deeply healing and greatly helps to reduce the stigma and sense of helplessness. Proper awareness, support and understanding is crucial to the challenging physical and emotional recovery process, especially when all you want to do is blame yourself. Most of all, stay strong, positive and don’t give up on your family dreams miracles really do happen.”
Rosanna and Wes met in 2006, got engaged in 2013 and married in 2014 in Wicklow.
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