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Dan + Tess's Surrogacy Journey

Closed Cause page created in the Health category by Tess Dunford

$15,109 of $15,000 goal
Given by 120 generous donors in around 6 months

Help us complete our family via surrogacy

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Dan and I have have one beautiful 18 month old daughter Indi who is the centre of our universe, but unfortunately during her birth, complications arose after my emergency c-section and I was haemorrhaging significantly. After going back into surgery for 4 hours and having the blood in my body replaced twice over, my surgeon had to make the tough decision to perform a hysterectomy to save my life (it was me or the womb) so I can't carry anymore children. This is obviously devastating for us, as we had always envisioned creating a bigger family and never expected something like this to happen to us.

On the bright side, I still have my ovaries and therefore eggs (which are in great nick), so Dan and I are able to have create another baby that's 100% our DNA, all we need is a womb!

An incredible, selfless friend has offered to be our surrogate, our WONDER WOM(B)AN, and we are over the moon about it. Unfortunately the process is expensive, applying to the ethics committee to get the thumbs up to go ahead with the surrogacy, legal and medical costs, support of our amazing surrogate, and the adoption process (yes, we have to adopt our own baby) is all very costly, and we don't have that amount of money just sitting there to pay for it all.

We are asking for help from anyone who would like to contribute to help us make our dream of baby #2 become a reality, give Indi a sibling and complete our family. It would mean the world to us. Any amount big or small will make a huge difference and we so so appreciate it.

We are so excited to be able to start this journey for our baby #2, even though its a more difficult, incredibly emotional and different one than we ever imagined.

Use of funds

ECART Application

Legal costs for application and adoption

Medical costs

Our surrogates' pregnancy related expenses

Associated costs

Latest update

And it begins!  1 November 2019

Posted by: Tess Dunford

Hi beautiful humans,

Just wanted to send a quick update to let you know where we are at with the surrogacy stuff!

I am starting my hormone injections tonight in preparation to have my eggs harvested yipeeeee! The hormones increase the number of eggs I produce so that we have as many as possible to create as many embryos as possible. I take the injections for a week, have a scan / bloods to check the size of my ovaries, if they're at the right size then we're good to go and head down to Christchurch to have them harvested within 36 hours. Otherwise I keep injections until they reach the necessary size.

We've had lots of appointments with lawyers, counsellors and doctors in the past month or so both here in Wellington and down in Christchurch, and having the contributions made by you all sitting there ready for us to use when needed has made things SO much more stress free. So thank you thank you thank you for taking the financial weight off our shoulders. We will be forever grateful.

All the documents for the Ethics approval have to be in by Monday, and the committee is meeting in mid-dec to review and will have a decision to us in early Jan. Although its nerve wracking, the fact they're letting us go ahead with the egg harvesting and embryo creating before the approval is a great sign that they're confident that we'll be approved.

Keep those fingers and toes crossed for us!

Lots of aroha

Tess, Dan + Indi

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Latest donations

JOANNE on 27 Aug 2019
FROM JO & JEREMY Go for it you three!! (soon to be 4) xox
Richard on 26 Aug 2019
We’d just love to see you over the magic line- our love. The Aussie family
Jenny on 24 Aug 2019
Best wishes for your fam! ❤️
Emily on 22 Aug 2019
Tess and Dan....this is amazing, all the best!!!! Em and Speight xx
Hannah & Hamish
Hannah & Hamish on 20 Aug 2019
Love to you guys xx

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