Mel Holman has been a surrogate mother twice. She recently posted a photo on Facebook with the second child she gave birth to as a surrogate.
She wrote, “A few weeks ago I gave birth to a baby boy. This is me holding him. He was perfect- a screaming newborn mess, lifted off my stomach and put gently into his Mother’s loving arms.”
“Those arms were not mine. She’s next to me in this picture.”
Holman shares how getting pregnant isn’t easy for many women, and neither is motherhood. She first realized that infertility is a huge issue for women working as a nurse when she came upon a woman crying after another failed round of IVF. So Holman did something about it.
She donated her eggs to a woman who had been trying to conceive for 13 years, and because of her egg donation, 18 children have been born into loving families. She has now been a surrogate for two different families.
Holman wrote, “While supporting women through infertility, I am constantly amazed at the strength, resilience and determination of these women. Most of all, their endless capacity to love and care for their sisterhood.”
She added, “In all these women, donors, recipients, those who never conceived… I found the meaning of strength. Resilience. And love.”
As Holman reminds us, surrogacy and egg donation is a beautiful and impacting gift for many women who want to be mothers:
“Maybe you can’t change the world. But you can give the world to someone, and change their life.”
See the full Facebook post below: