Two Lives Forever Changed By Surrogacy | Season 2: Episode 4

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Two Lives Forever Changed By Surrogacy with Ashleigh Donahue + Emma Swartz

Welcome back listeners! We have covered such a wide variety of topics in our Wicked Good Pregnancy series, and today’s show is really special. One of our guests today actually reached out to us asking if we could shine a light on surrogacy, and of course the answer was, “yes!” We are thrilled to learn more about this family building option, and to hear from a surrogate and intended parent: two lives forever changed by surrogacy.

About Our Guest 

EMMA SWARTZ is a North Shore mom who welcomed a baby boy via surrogacy in October 2022. Emma and her husband lost their first born in June of 2020 when she was 27 weeks pregnant, and she went into cardiac arrest. Her son was born while she was unconscious as medical professionals heroically fought to save her life. Emma never met her son, as she spent months in a coma and on life support. Miraculously she survived and after 100 plus days in the ICU, Emma began her healing journey. It was a long road learning how to walk again, regaining her strength and grieving the loss of her son. A year or so later she began IVF, hopeful that she and her husband could make embryos for a surrogate. After 3 rounds of IVF, Emma and her husband were able to transfer their single embryo to a superhero gestational carrier. Emma is currently a stay at home mom, but makes it her life mission to do what she can to make sure this doesn’t happen to others, as well as give hope to those who are going through their own struggles with infertility.
two lives forever changed by surrogacyASHLEIGH DONAHUE is a South Shore mama of two amazing little girls, ages 7 and 4. She works as a virtual Licensed Mental Health Therapist. She has completed two surrogacy journeys through Circle Surrogacy and is a Circle Surrogate Mentor and Ambassador.

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Shannon and Meghan headshotsWHO | The Wicked Good Momcast is hosted by Shannon Gibson + Meghan Block, two local moms with a heart for community and with an undeniable connection that we hope you’ll hear through our voices. 

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Links We Mentioned (Or Should Have…)

All Things Baby :: Boston-Area Resources for Pregnancy, Postpartum, and Newborn Care

Shannon Gibson
Shannon started following Boston Moms on social media before she even lived in the Boston area! She credits her passion for the brand to the way it served her personally before she ever contributed to it. Though Shannon moved to Boston to support her husband’s career, Boston Moms was the unexpected gift and opportunity she had no idea was waiting for her. Shannon is mom to Elizabeth (2016) and Anderson (2018). She has been married to her husband, Benjamin, since 2012. Benjamin is a filmmaker and owner of Boston production company Magnus Films. In her free time, Shannon enjoys going to the beach, browsing antique stores, hiking with her family, traveling, reading, and watching movies with her husband.