Wednesday 18 January 2017

In Pictures: Emotional moment mum meets her daughter for the first time after her sister offers to be her surrogate

Published 27/10/2016 | 10:23

Aimee, pictured with her husband Jake, with baby Francesca after Shayna gave birth. Photo credit: Hailey Sherrie Photography
Aimee, pictured with her husband Jake, with baby Francesca after Shayna gave birth. Photo credit: Hailey Sherrie Photography

This is the touching moment a new mum met her daughter for the first time after her selfless sister carried her child for nine months.

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Aimee Morrisby (26) and her husband Jake had been trying to conceive for more than five years when her sister Shayna Wiffen (24) offered to be the couple’s surrogate to help them fulfil their dream of having their own family.

Aimee Morrisby (26) and her husband Jake had been trying to conceive for more than five years when her sister Shayna Wiffen (24) offered to be the couple’s surrogate to help them fulfil their dream of having their own family. Photo credit: Hailey Sherrie Photography
Aimee Morrisby (26) and her husband Jake had been trying to conceive for more than five years when her sister Shayna Wiffen (24) offered to be the couple’s surrogate to help them fulfil their dream of having their own family. Photo credit: Hailey Sherrie Photography

Shayna, a mum to McKenzie (4) and Fletcher (2), had watched her sister struggle through eight unsuccessful rounds of IVF, made more complex by a painful bowel disorder, Hirschsprung disease, which had caused scarring in Aimee’s uterus.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Aimee, from Toowoomba in Australia, said: “I had been going through rounds upon rounds of IVF over a period of 3 years.

“I had a total of eight cycles – four pregnancies ended in miscarriage and four attempts were unsuccessful. I lost twins at 9 weeks which pushed me to get a second opinion.

“My husband and I met with a IVF and Surrogacy specialist in Brisbane and two further unsuccessful IVF attempts followed.

Aimee pictured with her sister Shayna, who acted as her surrogate, ahead of Francesca's birth
Aimee pictured with her sister Shayna, who acted as her surrogate, ahead of Francesca's birth
Aimee pictured with her sister Shayna, who acted as her surrogate, during a water birth Photo credit: Hailey Sherrie Photography
Aimee pictured with her sister Shayna, who acted as her surrogate, during Francesca's birth Photo credit: Hailey Sherrie Photography

“I was then referred to a bowel surgeon who had investigated by performing a keyhole procedure resulting in images that showed my uterus and ovaries were riddled with adhesion from my bowel surgeries over the years. This is when our IVF doctor said our only option to achieve a baby was surrogacy,” she said.

The couple were thrilled when Shayna offered to carry their child, having given birth to her son Fletcher just six months before.

“It was 10pm at night. As you can imagine we were in total shock. I had finally convinced myself I was not going to be a mother. I had finally gotten to a happy place. We took a few days to think and to make sure Shayna was happy with her decision. Little did we know she had been talking about it with her husband Aaron over the previous few months,” said Aimee.

After coping with the aftermath of miscarriage throughout her struggle to begin a family, Aimee revealed that watching her child grow safely inside her sister was amazing to watch.

Shayna, who acted as her sister's surrogate, with baby Francesca Photo credit: Hailey Sherrie Photography
Shayna, who acted as her sister's surrogate, with baby Francesca Photo credit: Hailey Sherrie Photography

“It was not a strange process, in fact it was the opposite. I was incredibly sick with my pregnancies and had to be monitored very closely so to watch someone carry my baby in a healthy manner, I could not have been happier. This was the first time in my journey that I knew I was going to have a healthy baby at the end of the 9 months,” she said.

Baby Francesca Louise Morrisby was born on March 18 and her mum reckons the 7-month-old knows exactly who her auntie Shayna is and what she has done for her.

“Francesca is beautiful, happy and already independent. She knows exactly who her aunt Shayna is, I can just feel it when they are together,” said Aimee.

Baby Francesca is now 7-months old
Baby Francesca is now 7-months old

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