She is mother to 19-month-old Zev who was conceived with the help of a surrogate. She and her husband are happy with just Zev, but they would like to provide a sibling for him if they can.
Marissa was raised in a very supportive household and has 3 older siblings. She wants to try to give him everything she was so lucky to grow up with, including a big family.
I thought her take on surrogacy was really interesting.
She said: “The biggest thing about finding a surrogate is finding someone who’s compatible and wants the same things,”
“That’s what’s most important. Having a surrogate is a life-changing experience. At the end, you’re going to have a baby.”
“For me, my surrogate is still in my life, my surrogate is still 100% part of my son’s life. That’s how I wanted to deal with it. Other people don’t want to deal with it.”
“For people out there who don’t understand surrogacy, it’s very important that they understand it’s not about someone in Hollywood who doesn’t want to gain weight. It’s not like Sarah Jessica Parker didn’t want to have her own baby.”
“For everybody that has a surrogate, that was their last chance. That was their last option that was their only option. It’s the most amazing, wonderful thing, but it’s also a really hard decision to make because you’re trusting the most important thing to somebody.”
“For me, that was the only way I was going to have a baby, so I was like I’m in, let’s go.’ There was no looking back. But for a lot of women, there are lots of different options, so it’s important to figure out what’s the best option for them.”
Surrogacy was Marissa’s only option, because she had a full hysterectomy when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 27.