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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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A News Round-Up, and a Thank You

Monday, September 10th, 2012

First and foremost, big thanks to Erin O’Donnell for the terrific job she did guest-blogging while I was in blissful away-land these past 2 weeks.  I enjoyed visiting PNN as a reader, and I certainly learned a lot from what I read.

It was an eventful two weeks in the world of parenting news.  Stories ranged from the controversial new recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics concerning circumcision to the births of celebrity babies toreality TV stars Snooki and Giuliana and Bill Rancic.

We were alerted to new warnings as well, including the dangers of colored laundry detergent gel-packs and the deceptiveness of products that claim to teach babies to read.

Perhaps the most interesting and intriguing story, though, was about the parents of twin newborns who were making their first airplane flight with babes in tow.  The parents passed out candy to all the other passengers on the plane, apologizing in advance for any crying or disruption their babies might cause, and offered earplugs to anyone who was bothered.  The debate that ensued was fascinating!

So again, thank you Erin for such smart coverage of such a wide spectrum of parenting news stories.

Oh, and thank YOU, readers, for taking the Parents News Now Facebook page to a thrilling milestone – we’ve surpassed the 1,000-follower mark!  If you don’t follow us yet, “like” PNN on Facebook by clicking here.

Image: Thank you note, 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 / Shutterstock.com.

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Giuliana and Bill Rancic Reveal Their Baby’s Gender

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Giuliana and Bill Rancic, the couple who first went through infertility and miscarriage, and then endured Giuliana’s treatment for breast cancer, have revealed that they are expecting a baby boy who is being carried by a surrogate.  From the New York Daily News:

After teasing fans and family about the gender of their baby, Giuliana Rancic and husband Bill finally revealed at a baby shower Sunday that they are expecting a baby boy via surrogate.

The couple gave guests the option of choosing either pink or blue party favors, representing their individual guesses about whether the Rancics would be having a little son or daughter.

“It’s a boy,” Giuliana’s mother Anna DePandi told E! News prior to the big reveal. “The first child is always a boy.”

Image: Giuliana and Bill Rancic, via Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

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Giuliana and Bill Rancic Expecting a Child

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Giuliana and Bill Rancic, the couple who first went through infertility and miscarriage, and then endured Giuliana’s treatment for breast cancer, finally has good news to share–they are expecting a child late this summer.  According to news reports, the couple is using a gestational surrogate to carry their child.  The baby is genetically Giuliana and Bill’s.  The LA Times reports:

“It’s incredible,” Giuliana said on the “Today” show. “We’ve been trying for so long, we’ve been through so much, and, especially we just had such a hard year last year with the breast cancer and everything and to finally get that call from the doctor of, you’re pregnant — or, you’re having a baby!

“I’m not quite pregnant, but you know what I mean, we’re pregnant!,” the bubbly red carpet host said. “It was just, it was another world, on another level.”

The Rancics have documented their journey as a married couple on the Style Network reality series “Giuliana and Bill.”

Image: Giuliana and Bill Rancic, via Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

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