My Personal Baby Watch
The eyes of the world are on the Duchess of Cambridge and the royal baby she’s about to deliver. I wish her so well. God send her a speedy delivery and healthy child. But I have another expectant mother on my mind this morning.
She’s my sister.
She’s not carrying a child who will one day be a king or queen. Or even my future niece or nephew. She’s serving as a surrogate for a childless couple and expects to deliver twins to their waiting arms. The couple struggled with infertility for years and are so grateful that my sister was willing to be implanted with their fertilized egg.
It hasn’t been an easy process. My sister had to go through months of hormone treatments and three attempts before she became pregnant. She’s had four children of her own, but is finding carrying twins a different experience. (Image 4 little feet drumming on your bladder instead of 2!) But she’s taking it all in stride with her typical open-hearted good grace. Good thing, since she has a couple of months to go. Bless her for helping another family like this. She’s a real life heroine, IMHO.
Infertility is a growing problem. So many couples long for children and doing what comes naturally just isn’t doing the job. Fortunately, medical science offers some options. So does adoption.
What do you think? Have you experienced difficulty having children? Know someone who has? Have you adopted a child? There are so many children waiting for homes, but that process is not without challenges and delays. I’d love to hear your thoughts about this deeply personal issue.