Sit in on any biology class, and you will hear that we are biologically programmed to be mothers. It is genetically ingrained in us to think babies are cute, and to (usually) eventually want one of our own. It is for this reason that it’s really sad when a woman cannot satisfy this instinctual desire, because she is infertile or has a difficult time getting pregnant. Someone very close to me suffers from this same problem, and I have witnessed first-hand how frustrating and disheartening it is to not be able to get pregnant, despite how badly you want to be a mother.
This being said, here is some exciting news: Giuliana and Bill Rancic announced Monday morning that they are expecting their first child though a gestational carrier. After years of trying, the couple will finally have a child of their own! I feel blessed to live in a world in which science can give a woman such an incredible gift. I know I want kids when I’m older and ready, so I cannot imagine how upsetting it would be to not be able to have this future I imagine for myself.
As exciting as this is, I imagine Giuliana and Bill will face some criticism for not choosing adoption over surrogacy. This is a delicate issue because, on the one hand, thousands of children around the world are left without parents, but at the same time, it is understandable to want a child with your own genetics. I don’t believe that one choice is better than the other, however there are many people that may be angered by the fact that the expecting couple did not choose to help an orphaned child that has already been born.
When asked about the possibility of adoption, Bill Rancic was quoted saying the following: “Adoption is still an option down the road, but right now, we’re going through IVF, and we believe we’re going to have a really good outcome. We have high hopes this time around.”
We’re all hoping the In Vitro Fertilization works, but even if Giuliana and Bill have to adopt, I’m sure they will still be equally as happy to become parents no matter how they get there.
What do you think about Giuliana and Bill’s choice to use a gestational carrier? Tell us in the comments!
Ashley is a freshman at George Washington University majoring in International Affairs with a minor in English. She has a slight obsession with astrology and Bon Iver. Follow her on twitter @ashleybrooks25