Surrogate Sisters: The ultimate gift

Surrogate Sisters: The ultimate gift

POSTED: Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 9:30am

UPDATED: Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 9:34am

As people on CNN's Health team will tell you, one of my favorite sayings is, "It's better to be lucky than smart." This is one of those instances.

A few months ago, I saw a picture on a friend's Facebook page of a kid's science project, showing how much sugar is in some popular drinks. The picture came from a "friend" of my friend. Intrigued, I sent a message to my friend's friend.

The recipient was Tiffany Burke, a photographer and mother of two in Bellingham, Washington. Turned out the picture didn't belong to Tiffany, but she told me something amazing.

She was in the process of becoming a surrogate mother for her brother and sister-in-law. Tiffany shared with me a link to the blog where they were documenting the experience.

I was blown away. I've talked with surrogate moms in the past, but this was the first time I met someone who was doing it for a family member. A million questions were racing in my head: How do you have the "Will you be my surrogate?" conversation? Were lawyers involved? How do you explain it to your biological children?

I shared the story with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and a few other members of the team. They also were also intrigued. We asked Tiffany and her family if we could join them on their journey. They agreed.

Over the next 9 and a half months, we will share the ups and downs, the joys and challenges, of this unique way one family found to grow.

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