Rosanna Davison shares worry for her Ukrainian surrogate
"Just feeling completely shocked and devastated today at the situation in Ukraine"
Rosanna Davison has shared her worry for her Ukrainian surrogate.
The mum of three welcomed her first daughter Sophia via gestational surrogate in 2019.
Davison travelled to the Ukraine with husband Wes Quirke to find a surrogate after 14 devastating miscarriages.
Taking to Instagram, the model shared a picture of herself in Kyiv during her time in Ukraine.
She also expressed her shock and devastation at the news that Russia invaded their neighbouring country overnight.
"Just feeling completely shocked and devastated today at the situation in Ukraine,” she said.
"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.
"Kiev is an incredibly interesting city, rich in culture, history and diversity with wonderful people.”
She also shared that she was in touch with the surrogate who carried Sophia.
"I've been in touch today with our lovely surrogate who is also praying for peace and hoping to stay safe with her family.”
"Sending so much love to the people of Ukraine and everyone affected by this,” she added.
In another snap of her helping her three children get ready for bed, Rosanna said she was grateful that they are happy and safe.
“Three little monkeys brushing their teeth before bed and one tired out momma,” she said.
"But feeling very grateful tonight that we're all happy, healthy and safe".
After welcoming Sophia in November 2019, Rosanna went on to carry her twin sons Hugo and Oscan who were born in November 2020.
The 37-year-old recently admitted she struggles with guilt because she couldn’t give birth to Sophia herself.
“This day three years ago in Kiev, it was the day before my surrogacy egg retrieval procedure. As you can see, my tummy was bloated and bruised from the hormone injections,” she began.
“It was one of the only photos I took of the whole ovarian stimulation process, which took about ten days in total, because I was so worried that it wouldn’t work. Smiling here but inside I was petrified!
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“I was being closely monitored for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and although it was very uncomfortable to walk around in the final few days before the retrieval procedure because I was so swollen, the retrieval went well and 23 eggs were successfully harvested - one of which became our daughter.”
“I still struggle with guilt that I couldn’t give birth to Sophia myself, but looking back, I’m grateful for those few days of discomfort because it was as if I was carrying Sophia in my body in a very palpable way,” she admitted.
“It’s comforting to think that she was a part of me, that she had been in my body my whole life as a little egg – and as I had been in my mother’s body too, as I was developing in utero. I find that aspect of maternal lineage absolutely incredible.”
Rosanna went on to say it’s “truly a miracle” that we live in a time where science has made IVF and surrogacy possible.
"[It’s truly a miracle that] there are amazing women willing to carry another couple’s child.”
Offering words of wisdom to other women considering the procedure she said: “If you’re going through something similar at the moment or even considering it, all the advice I can really offer is to stay as calm as you can and to trust in the process…”
“Oh and try to take more photos than I did! If nothing else, it’s a reminder of how brave and strong you really are.”
“Thoughts are with the parents through surrogacy, the surrogate mothers, their families and all affected by the current situation in Ukraine,” she concluded.
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