I’ve known Sarah for four years now, our friendship grew when I was pregnant with Jemma and even more when she was expecting her son. Experiencing mamahood seems to take relationships to a whole new level. Talking pregnancy aches, poo, first foods and the like will just do that, I guess. Since I moved last June she has been super intentional about continuing our relationship even though it is less convenient now. I can’t even begin to express how meaningful that is to me. Sarah has a heart of gold and a strong shoulder to cry on. She is a constant source of encouragement and the way she sees the world is nothing short of beautiful. I’m blessed to have her in my fold of dearest friends.
Knowing Sarah as I do, it made perfect sense when she told me she was exploring surrogacy. Not for herself, but as a gift to another family. Before she ever applied to become a surrogate, before she had one shot or medical exam, before she met the family – Sarah was fervently praying for the right opportunity. She knew she had a great gift to give months before baby Jacob entered her womb – that of a previous healthy pregnancy and a God-given willingness to share her heart, soul, and body with another family for 9+ months. With much research and and calculated steps, Sarah moved forward in her plans to become a surrogate mama.
I want to thank Gretchen for allowing me to guest post on her blog for purely selfish reasons. I hope this post serves two purposes. One is that I really want people to join me in fervent prayer. The second is that, if there is anyone out there with a similar story or any advice, I’d love to hear it all!
As you can imagine there are a number of complications that could happen:
- If the baby survives, he could have multiple problems ranging from under developed organs to rigid muscles from not being able to move as much.
- I could get an infection in my uterus that would necessitate inducing labor in order to start me on extreme antibiotics. (I am on antibiotics right now to decrease the risk, but it could still happen.)
- If the baby stays in with minimal fluid levels, his lungs could be under developed because he didn’t have enough fluid around him.
I have doctors appointments every other day to check fluid levels. On Wednesday, the fluid levels were down to 3. Today I have another check up and I’m hoping the levels are up again. I’m drinking about 170 – 200 ounces of water a day and mainly laying on my left side … although sometimes I have to lay on my right side or back. My hips hurt so bad but that is insignificant to me in the long run. I’m eating a lot of juicy fruits such as apples, grapes and oranges. I’ve asked the doctor if there is anything more I can be doing and he says there isn’t. It’s such a hard pill to swallow. I wish with all my heart that there was a “cure” or recipe or instructions to follow! I’d do anything necessary to keep this baby healthy and in my uterus as long as possible.
Like I previously said, this post serves two purposes. Does anyone have any advice? I’d love to hear if you’ve been through a similar situation and something seemed to work for you. Even if it’s an old wives tale. I’m willing to try just about anything. And more than anything, I’d love for anyone out there who believes in God’s healing power to join me in fervent prayer for the healthy and well being of little baby Jake as well as his parents and me as we walk this very rough road!
Thank you so much,
Worried Surrogate Mom
*Sarah is a pretend name as this story isn’t totally public among everyone in Sarah’s life. But, Jacob is this sweet baby’s real name. When Sarah and I were chatting about my sharing her story she said, “ I don’t want to change his name because I feel that there is power in proclaiming his name! Jacob means “may God protect.” May God protect this little boy.” I couldn’t agree more!