Yet another heartwarming piece on the blessings of surrogacy and how we are all working as a village to bring these precious, cherished new lives into the world. My favorite line in this piece is how her surrogate is “now part of the family.”
Melissa Harris-Perry revealed in an essay on Tuesday the story of how her newborn daughter came into the world, opening up about her struggles to conceive and about her decision to use a surrogate.
Harris-Perry’s baby girl was born on Friday. “Many people in our lives knew that we were expecting but most viewers of MHP Show were not aware of the impending arrival because I was not visibly pregnant,” the MSNBC host wrote.
Harris-Perry explained that, after her first pregnancy with her daughter Parker, she “spent years suffering from the agony of uterine fibroids,” and ultimately decided to have a hysterectomy. She said that after marrying her husband James in 2010, she “struggled with accepting that we would never have our own children,” and turned to IVF and surrogacy.
“My pregnancy with my first daughter was blessedly uneventful; this one, however, was indeed an event. It took two families, three states, four doctors, and five attorneys to get this little girl here. And while our gestational carrier has no genetic tie to our little one, she is now our family,” Harris-Perry wrote. She added that she and her family would “strive to be worthy of the miracle we have received.”