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Sister Serves as Surrogate for Brother’s Baby

Monday, September 10th, 2012

A Washington state family is joining the ranks of those who are having children through a gestational surrogate–a woman who carries and delivers a baby for a couple that can create a healthy embryo but cannot sustain a healthy pregnancy.

Tiffany Burke, a mother of 2, is carrying a baby for her brother and his wife, James and Natalie Lucich. The couple has a son, but Lucich required postpartum surgery in which her uterus had to be removed.  CNN has more:

It took a week for the news to set in. Lucich could have no more children naturally. Her dream had always been to have three. She was crushed.

A few days later, Burke headed over to the Luciches’ house to take pictures of the new family. Lucich confided how conflicted she felt: She was grateful for Hunter but also mourning the loss of the children she would never have.

Lucich mentioned to Burke that she still had her eggs. She and James were considering using a gestational surrogate. An embryo, created in a Petri dish from Natalie’s egg and James’ sperm, would be implanted in the surrogate mother. None of the surrogate’s DNA is involved.

“I was pissed!” Burke recalled. She was worried: What if the surrogate drank or smoked or did something to harm herself? She didn’t want the Luciches to take that chance.

Suddenly, Burke blurted out, “I’ll do it!” Embarrassed, she immediately covered her mouth and apologized.

Lucich looked at her. “I thought you didn’t want any more children, you were done being pregnant.”

“Yes,” Burke responded, “we don’t want any more natural children of our own … but I have this perfectly good uterus!”

Earlier this month, a 49-year-old Maine grandmother served as the surrogate for her own grandson, and reality TV stars Giuliana and Bill Rancic welcomed a baby boy born via a surrogate who was not a family member.

Image: Hand touching pregnant belly, via Shutterstock

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Giuliana and Bill Rancic Welcome Baby Edward Duke

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

It’s a happy, happy day for Giuliana and Bill Rancic! The couple, who first experienced infertility and miscarriage, and then endured Giuliana’s treatment for breast cancer, have announced that their son was born last night in Denver via gestational surrogate.

Edward Duke Rancic was born at 10:12 p.m. Wednesday and weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces, E! Online reports.

Here’s more details from E! Online:

“Bill and I are blessed beyond words to welcome Edward into our lives,” Giuliana tells E! News exclusively. “Thank you so much to everyone who supported us along the way. We are so in love with the little guy already!”

The couple exclusively tells E! News that labor was just over four hours and went smoothly and relatively quickly. Both Bill and Giuliana were in the delivery room for the entire birth of their baby. They couldn’t hold back tears of joy the moment their son was born. The Rancics told us they were beyond elated and couldn’t believe their journey to become parents is finally complete.

Bill cut the umbilical cord minutes after the baby was born, and Giuliana was the first to hold her son for a long while, then gave him to Bill to embrace. The new parents both fed their baby, who they say had a big appetite, and share with us that he is doing incredibly well and has had his first bath.

Giuliana, the host of E! News, and Bill, a businessman who won the first season of the reality show “The Apprentice,” have documented their journey as a married couple on the Style Network reality series “Giuliana and Bill.”

Image: Bill and Giuliana Rancic via s_bukley /

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