A New Zealand couple have realised their dream of becoming parents for a second time after they put out a plea for surrogate
That call via Instagram was answered by Rebecca Keil who offered to be the surrogate mother for Tess Dunford and her partner, Dan Stemp.
The couple’s plight began after the birth of their first child, Indi two years ago. Tess required blood transfusions and an emergency hysterectomy, resulting in her not being able to carry another child.
Mum-of-two and influencer Rebecca said she knew the couple vaguely through their work.
She said, “I knew that Tess would need a surrogate. Becoming a surrogate is something I always wanted to do. I’d carried my own two kids perfectly fine, and I don’t mind giving birth – I actually find it really cool.”
But the couple first had to raise the $15,000 needed for their surrogacy journey and IVF treatment to begin. Fast forward a year and they reached their goal.
The couple and Rebecca had to go through mandatory counselling and passing an ethic committee hearing.
Their treatment began in early 2020 and they were fortunate that the first embryo transfer was a success.
But then COVID-19 hit and the first trimester proved difficult for Rebecca, but she said she did her best to keep connected with Tess and Dan.
The couple documented their journey on Instagram to their 45,000 followers and on November 13 2020 Rebecca went into labour.
On November 15 at 3.48am Ziggy Te Taonga Stemp was born
But it was not all plain sailing. Rebecca got mild pre-eclampsia before the birth and then following she lost a lot of blood and had to have several transfusions.
She also needed surgery for a blood clot and to repair an internal tear.
Rebecca hopes the trio’s story will raise awareness of surrogacy in New Zealand and highlight the different ways women can become mothers.
She told Star News: “It’s been such a positive journey. I joke that I’m trying to tick off all the different ways you can give birth. But it has been amazing.”
Tess posted a photo of baby Ziggy and paid tribute to Rebecca.
She said: “I am in total awe and admiration of this wahine toa who carried, cared for, nurtured, and brought our baby into the world in the most incredible way.
“It was one of the most powerful things I have ever experienced and will never forget and will always be indebted to her for what she has done for us.”
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