'She has been sheltering but can hear a lot of gunfire outside and they still have running water but food is starting to run out'
Rosanna had her daughter Sophia (2) via gestational surrogacy back in November 2019 before going on to have twin babies Hugo and Oscar (1) naturally.
As the attacks against Ukraine’s major cities escalated in recent days, she has been in contact with her surrogate and said that news is very worrying.
“I’m sick with worry to be honest,” she told independent.ie.
“Our surrogate lives with her little girl and her family in Kherson, which has been confirmed as taken over by the Russian army. I spoke with her yesterday and she was safe but very scared.
“She has been sheltering but can hear a lot of gunfire outside and they still have running water but food is starting to run out.
"I’ve invited her to bring her daughter to Ireland to live with us but she doesn’t think it’s possible to leave the city now because it’s surrounded completely by Russian troops.
"It doesn’t seem likely at the moment that she can escape. Wes and I are very upset and worried for her safety.”
She went on to say that her upset pales in comparison with the fear and terror that their surrogate it going through.
“All I can do is keep in touch with her and she knows that she has a safe place to come to if she can leave the country,” she said.
“We care about her hugely and of course, if it wasn’t for her, we wouldn’t have Sophia. She’s an amazing person.”
Like everyone around the world watching the Russian invasion unfold, she’s been left “shocked and devastated” at the situation in Ukraine and said that Kyiv is an amazing city with “wonderful people.”
"We got to know beautiful Kiev very well in 2019. We made friends there and will always have a link to it as it's Sophia's country of birth,” she said.
Last month saw her marking the three-year anniversary of her trip to Kiev to start her surrogacy journey by undergoing egg retrieval.
"She and Wes spent about a total of seven weeks in the city as they started their journey to become parents for the first time and it’s a place that they hold very dear in their hearts.
“During the ovary stimulation and egg retrieval process in Feb 2019, we stayed close to St. Sophia’s cathedral and decided to name Sophia to keep a link to her city of birth and to remember our challenging journey to have her,” she said.
Rosanna and Wes are one of a number of Irish families who have offered to open up their homes to the fleeing Ukranians, with latest estimates saying up to one million people, mainly women and children, who have been forced to flee.
Irish Families Through Surrogacy have been liaising with some of the families who are trying to assist their surrogates to come to Ireland for refuge.
It’s understood that up to 400 surrogate mothers from Ukraine could be given new homes here after the Department of Justice relaxed its entry requirements for those from the war-torn country.
The changes mean that children aged under 16 and under can come into the country without a passport as they flee the Russian invasion.