Aimee Morrisby, a 26-year-old hairdresser from Queensland in Australia, has tried to conceive a child with her husband Jake, also 26-years-old, for five years and with the help of her life savings. Aimee worried that her ambition of becoming a father had been dashed after learning that she was infertile as a result of scars on her ovaries. However, her 24-year-old sister Shayna Wiffen intervened to assist, and after two attempts, she gave birth to the couple’s daughter Francesca.
“Having Francesca was a dream come true,” Aimee said. “We were completely shocked when Shayna offered to be a surrogate but on the moon we believed we would never be parents.”
Hirschsprung’s disease, a condition that results in a blockage of the arteries, was discovered in Aimee when she was a young child.
Although she was advised by doctors that she would have difficulty conceiving naturally, the couple was eager to establish a family and was given the option to undergo IVF. Sadly, our first IVF round was unsuccessful. The following four, however, were successful. Sadly, each time, I miscarried at 5–6 weeks. The fifth time I was expecting twins, but I miscarried at 9 weeks. Jake and I decided that this was the worst time and that we should get professional help. I had two more rounds since I obviously didn’t want to quit up, but they both ended in failure.Every money we had was gone because each round would cost between £4,000 and £8,000. As a result, it was quite expensive. I didn’t realize it till after intestinal surgery.
Aimee’s uterus was not able to expand and if she was pregnant to full term, she would risk her own life. The couple decided to give up their efforts but underwent another round of IVF to harvest Aimee’s eggs in case they needed them in the future. A year later, Aimee receives an unexpected phone call from her younger sister, Shayna, who offers to act as a surrogate for them.
Aimee said: “I am completely shocked, I want to know that Shayna is sure that she made the right decision, even if she will be my surrogate, she will always be my little sister. and I feel very protective of her.”
Being pregnant was amazing and watching Shayna give birth was very emotional and very exciting, not only did I watch my sister give birth but I also witnessed someone carrying my baby. What was really important to us was that Shayna had a moment with Francesca and after Jake cut the umbilical cord and we both hugged her, I’m still in shock and can’t believe we finally made it. be a parent. We finally have a baby girl and we can’t thank Shayna enough for giving us this wonderful gift.
I know this can be quite confusing for some kids but my kids understood the whole thing very well and really understood that the baby was Aunt Aimee’s. The birth was special, it was amazing to have everyone around me and I knew I did the right thing. Surrogacy is a wonderful gift to be able to give to someone, the whole experience has brought Aimee and me closer together and I have a special relationship with Francesca.”