Australian nurse and mother Mel Holman has never had trouble getting pregnant, when she realized that others did, she was compelled to take action. Now, her letter on the joy she finds in assisting would-be mothers through surrogacy has gone viral.
"While working as a nurse, one day I came across a woman in tears. She was devastated after yet another round of failed IVF," Holman wrote. "All I wanted to do was fix it for her." Holman then added that, she gave birth to "the second baby I placed in another mother's arms" as a surrogate.
According to the CDC, some 12 percent of women of reproductive age have trouble getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. While fertility treatments are evolving, some aspiring mothers' best option is to work with a surrogate. Our surrogacy agency, Shared Conceptions, is here to work with both intended parents and surrogates.
Holman says that the women whose dreams of motherhood she helps realize exemplify persistence: "While supporting women through infertility, I am constantly amazed at the strength, resilience and determination of these women," she wrote. "Most of all, their endless capacity to love and care for their sisterhood … Maybe you can't change the world. But you can give the world to someone, and change their life."
The most "liked" response to Holman's post, meanwhile, expresses appreciation from the other side of the surrogate-mom relationship. "Feeling [grateful] to my very own beautiful surrogate who is carrying my baby for me. We have 6 weeks to go. I feel blessed," one commenter wrote.
Fertility struggles are devastating for so many. It's heartening to see an example of one woman helping others overcome them and start their own families, and receiving their gratitude and compassion in return. Our surrogacy agency, Shared Conceptions, is empathetic and understands the emotional and physiological aspects of surrogacy. We will walk with you. Call us.