She Agreed To Be A Surrogate For Her BF, But Never Expected This News.
Considering surrogacy was illegal in New York, and they would have to search out-of-state for someone, the cost of hiring a surrogate mother could end up being $75,000! The couple told their friends and family about their situation and many of them offered to carry their child for free. After several tests were conducted, it would appear that no one was able to carry the child for them. That was until the Fives showed up.
A Lifetime Of Friendship
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The couple had known Shawn and Lianna Fives for about 20 years. The Fives had attained their goal of having a large family. By the time Shawn was 40, and Lianna was 37, the family had already had five children. After the Fives had given birth to their fifth baby, they invited Nicole and Kevin over for dinner. A dinner that would change their lives forever.
An Offer They Can't Refuse
“You know I have five children, Shawn, and I want to have maybe one or two more,” said Lianna. Nicole and Kevin looked at each other, unsure of why they would want more children. Lianna continued speaking. “No, not for me, for you guys – I’d like to carry a child.” That's when they realized what was going on: Lianna wanted to be their surrogate. Nicole and Kevin were immediately brought to tears.
Try And Try Again
Lianna had to go through some mental and medical testing, but she jumped through every hurdle. Soon enough, the embryos were implanted in Lianna. The Barattinis made a promise to be with Lianna throughout everything. Unfortunately, the implantation didn't work, so the doctors encouraged them to do it again. After a second implantation, they families waited patiently for weeks. Eventually, they received the results.
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Lianna was indeed pregnant! This was the closest that Nicole and Kevin had ever been to being parents. But there was even better news! There wasn't just one embryo that was implanted, there was two - they were having twins! The couples couldn't believe how lucky they were, and they were all so happy! They decided that it was time for a celebration.
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