A US woman has become a mother to twins, born five weeks apart and in different countries
How you may ask, is this possible? Well, read on, and you will understand this incredible journey to motherhood.
Nancy Rohde, 37, was diagnosed with an ovarian condition and was told it would affect her ability to have children.
She told the Sun she met her husband, Justin, on a blind date in 2002, when they were studying at university in Chicago.
They married seven years later and began trying for a child three years later.
But after six months they decided to have some fertility tests
Nancy was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome(PCOS) and prescribed a fertility drug, Clomid.
After Clomid failed to work for the couple, they decided to try Intrauterine Insemination(IUI) three times, and then three cycles of IVF – all of which failed.
“I hit rock bottom,” she explains. “Devastated each time a friend became pregnant.”
Doctors suggested the couple try surrogacy, so they began researching their options.
Their first attempt resulted in a pregnancy but the surrogate miscarried in April 2015.
Their surrogacy agency matched them with a new surrogate, Ashley in June, and as soon as they chatted the pair connected.
“The second we spoke on the phone,” Nancy said. “I knew she was the right choice – with three children and a husband, she was warm and friendly.”
Despite agreeing to go ahead with the surrogacy, Nancy also began one last cycle of IVF, skeptical that the surrogacy would work.
“I couldn’t believe the surrogacy would work,” she explained. “So, I decided to try IVF one last time to boost our chances of having a baby.”
At the time Ashley was preparing for an embryo transfer, Nancy was having another embryo implanted.
Two weeks later Nancy and Justin had a positive pregnancy test, the couple were delighted but also terrified.
Ashley also discovered the transfer had worked just a month later
Nancy said the couple was overjoyed but trepidacious due to their history of heartbreak.
The pregnancies were due just five weeks apart, making the two babies fraternal twins – where two separate eggs are fertilised during the same pregnancy – but in this case, grown in different wombs.
Nancy said she texted Ashley every day and they formed a close bond, but was concerned she would not bond with the surrogate baby.
Nancy said: “Ashley’s doctor had an app, so we were able to send over voice recordings that she could play to the bump.”
In May 2015 Nancy’s doctors were concerned the baby was measuring small, so she was induced.
The couple welcomed Lily, weighing 5llbs 7oz
Just a month later the couple flew to Utah to welcome their second daughter, Audrey, weighing 8llbs 13oz.
“Seeing Lily and Audrey together for the first time made my heart burst,” Nancy said. “We’ll never be able to thank Ashley enough.”
The two women have become lifelong friends and even exchange gifts at Christmas.
Lily and Audrey are now four and Nancy describes them as sweet and kind.
“We’ve always been open about how they came into the world,” Nancy said. “As they grow up we can explain how special they are.”
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