One mother’s difficult journey to complete her family ended with the gift of sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴄʏ and touching photos captured the exact moment she met her new son.
Kim Overton shared her three-year journey on her blog, Solo Starter. Kim Overton was diagnosed with ꜰɪʙʀᴏɪᴅs earlier in life, but she underwent sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ that allowed her to give birth to a son, Dylan, in 2012. However, the doctors told her that it was nearly impossible for her to get pregnant.
Kim considered sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴄʏ and upon discussing it with her family, learned her cousin’s daughter, Cydnee, was willing to do the job. Both Kim and her husband were incredibly touched. “We see Cydnee as an angel,” Kim said. “Without her we wouldn’t have been able to have another child. What she did was incredibly selfless and loving.”
Cydnee, meanwhile, wanted to become a sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴛᴇ because of the struggle Kim encountered trying to have another child. “Having children of my own opened my eyes to how blessed I am, because there are women out there who can’t or are having difficulties carrying their own children,” Cydnee said.
The incredible photographs by Leilani Rogers capture the very emotional day for Kim’s immediate and extended family.
First look at the new baby
Kim and her husband are overcome with emotion when they glimpse the baby emerging.
The baby, a healthy boy, was named Oliver.
Kim says it was surreal to meet Oliver for the first time. “My three-year journey to ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ was a very emotional roller coaster, but finally there he was, this sweet little baby after such a long struggle.”
The moment was emotional for Cydnee too. “I felt I’d accomplished my goal of making a wondrous change in someone’s life.”
Kim and Cydnee both hope their experiences will help others better understand sᴜʀʀᴏɢᴀᴄʏ. “Surrogacy can be a very special and amazing experience for couples who may have challenges with having a baby on their own,” Kim said.