‘It was meant to be’: Woman gives birth to her best friend’s baby after painful struggle with infertility
A woman has given her best friend the greatest gift imaginable and acted as her surrogate after years of struggling with infertility.
Jamie Howell (38) offered to carry her friend Whitney Britt’s child, after an attempt at artificial insemination and two rounds of IVF failed to result in a pregnancy.
Howell, who met Britt when they were in high school in Nashville Tennessee, gave birth to a baby boy, Crews, earlier this month and said the decision to carry her friend's child was an easy one to make.
Speaking to Today.com, Howell said: "This was absolutely meant to be, the way everything happened.
"This was God's plan for us. I was 100 percent supposed to do this without a doubt. Whitney now gets to start a new journey being a parent, and I get to be Aunt Jamie.
"It's been an amazing journey we got to go on together."
New mum Britt (37) struggled to fall pregnant after marrying her husband Drew and Howell revealed that her friend’s struggle with infertility was difficult to watch particularly as she herself had two healthy children.
"Here, I feel like I've been so blessed. I've got these two boys and I couldn't imagine life without them, and it comes so easy to me, so why does it have to be like this for her?"
Baby Crews Asher Britt was born on June 2 and Howell said the moment her best friend and her husband finally held their baby in their arms was one that will stay with her forever.
"It was just so exciting to see them hold their baby. The whole 10 months was just so worth it. It felt so good," she said.
"I just knew what they felt as new parents, and the feeling I had was, 'Wow, I was able to do this for them.'"