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Thursday 22 August 2019

Surrogate joy for Rosie and Wes as baby girl on way

Rosanna Davison and husband Wes Quirke revealed on Instagram they are expecting a baby girl
Rosanna Davison and husband Wes Quirke revealed on Instagram they are expecting a baby girl

Rosanna Davison and husband Wes Quirke are expecting a baby girl via surrogate later this year.

The couple will welcome their bundle of joy in November and Rosanna (35) shared the happy news on Instagram, saying it had been a "long and tough journey".

She bravely revealed she had suffered a number of miscarriages and had undergone multiple treatments and surgery in the hope of carrying her own child.

She said she was "incredibly grateful" for the "greatest gift" that would see their family grow from two to three in just four months' time.

Overjoyed

"Wes and I are overjoyed to share the news that we're expecting a baby girl in November (by gestational surrogate)," she wrote.

"As our families and close friends know, this has been a long and very tough journey for us, sadly with multiple miscarriages along the way.

"We've dreamed of being parents for many years and I would have loved to carry my own baby, but for reasons unknown (most likely embryo rejection due to an overactive immune system) and although tests show excellent fertility, I've been unable to sustain any of my pregnancies."

She said this was despite the best efforts of reproductive immunology experts and immune-suppressant medication, injections, intravenous infusions and surgery.

"We're incredibly grateful to the team of doctors, embryologists, nurses, pregnancy co-ordinators, my GP and everyone involved in giving us the greatest gift of all by making our family dream come true, and of course our amazing surrogate for keeping our little daughter healthy and safe. We already love her so much and can't wait to finally hold her."

The former Miss World spoke about the support that is needed for couples who are struggling to conceive naturally.

Rosanna and Wes
Rosanna and Wes

"Statistically, one in six people in Ireland faces fertility issues and almost 8,000 Irish couples undergo fertility treatment annually," she wrote.

"If you're going through this, I send you all of my love and support.

"Most of all, stay strong, positive and don't give up on your family dreams... miracles really do happen."

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