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Saturday 7 December 2019

Rosanna is left 'overwhelmed' by arrival of baby girl Sophia Rose

Rosanna with baby Sophia Rose
Rosanna with baby Sophia Rose

Rosanna Davison has fulfilled her dream of becoming a mum after finally welcoming her baby girl.

Rosanna and husband Wes Quirke said they were "completely overwhelmed with love and gratitude" as they reached the end of their surrogacy journey.

Yesterday saw them welcoming a baby girl - Sophia Rose Quirke - after going abroad for a gestational surrogate.

They're now looking forward to bringing their little one home and spending their first Christmas together as a family of three.

Perfect

In an emotional post, the former Miss World said: "The dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

"Today, November 21, 2019, at 11.57am, our beautiful and healthy daughter Sophia Rose Quirke arrived safely into the world weighing 6lbs 8ozs.

"She's absolutely perfect. We're completely overwhelmed with love and gratitude for our incredible gestational surrogate, who has given us the greatest gift of all and made our family dream reality."

The daughter of Chris de Burgh, who's now a grandad for the first time, had to play the part of "lady in waiting" given her surrogate was due last Friday.

The couple had to look abroad to become parents after Rosanna was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition which made their attempts to become parents much harder.

She suffered the pain of several miscarriages and said it's been a long road for her and Wes.

Rosanna looking glam as she celebrated her daughter’s due date with a glass of red
Rosanna looking glam as she celebrated her daughter’s due date with a glass of red

They decided to go public with their struggles to start a family in a bid to give hope to other parents facing similar issues.

Rosanna recently told the Herald how there was so much to deal with, from the emotional side of surrogacy to the medical and legal requirements.

"It's not a particularly straightforward route, although it's one that we are extremely grateful for," she said.

"We just feel strongly that silence drives stigma, while speaking about it helps to normalise it.

"It gives hope to others and is the best way to heal," she added.

Rosanna said she could see herself doing a TV documentary in addition to writing a book as she delves into the whole issue of surrogacy for Irish families.

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