There is no denying the bond that sisters share. My sister and I are 13 months apart and she is absolutely the best friend I will ever have. I would do anything for her and I know she would do the same for me. Even if that “anything” was to give her a baby.
I’m not the only one who would offer the amazing gift of life for my sister. Tara Schamel and Cassie Rip were saddened by the news that their sister Tanya Ratcliff would never be able to have a baby. After little discussion, the two offered the ultimate gift to their sister. They wanted to step in and carry the babies their sister, Tanya, could not.
“Cassie and I had been talking about it behind the scenes and I had been talking about it with my husband, and the little wheels in my head were turning, and I knew this was something that we could do if we were physically able to,” Tara told Ann Curry of the Today Show.
Tara is a mother to 9 year old twins and a 6 year old daughter and Cassie is a mom to a 3 year old daughter. Both sisters had to undergo much preparation to get their wombs ready for Tanya’s embryos, including large doses of estrogen.
Once the treatments were complete, both sisters were implanted with Tanya’s embryos and waited to see if either of them would get pregnant. Shortly after, the sisters were delighted with the news that Tara had become pregnant. Unfortunately Cassie did not.
Although Cassie did not become pregnant right away, she and Tanya decided to keep trying for another baby. Tanya explained that her and her husband have always wanted several children and if her sister was still willing to help, she would welcome it.
Cassie was given another one of Tanya’s frozen embryos and became pregnant. She is due with a boy in July, while Tara is due with a girl in April.
While I cannot imagine the pain that Tanya must have gone through to hear from her doctor that she was unable to carry a child, I am so thankful that she has the amazing relationship with her sisters. The selfless act that Cassie and Tara are doing for Tanya is one of the most amazing things they could have ever done for her.
If my sister came to me with the news that she could never have a baby, I wouldn’t even hesitate to offer to carry a baby for her. I know the joy that my daughter brings to my life and I want every woman to be able to experience that.
Would you offer to carry your sister’s baby if she couldn’t have children?