Anyone who has experienced the heartbreak of infertility will know that it can be devastating an all-consuming, and it can leave those around you feeling helpless as to how to comfort you.
For Jamie Howell, however, there was a very simple solution to comfort her best friend, Whitney Britt, when she was diagnosed with ‘unexplained infertility’: she would become her surrogate.
Whitney and her husband, Drew, had been trying for a baby for five years, and it was all that they wanted in life. After being told that that would not be able to conceive naturally, they resorted to other methods – but still, they had no luck.
Indeed, Whitney had reached the point of ‘despair’ after a series of failed in vitro fertilisation attempts, when she decided to turn to surrogacy. When her best friend Jamie offered to be her surrogate, she was understandably overjoyed, then.
USA Today reports how mum-of-two Jamie began preparation for implantation immediately. The Britts’ story took yet another heart-breaking turn in March 2015, when Jamie fell pregnant but doctors confirmed that the baby would not live.
After encouraging Whitney to go one more time, however, Jamie’s second pregnancy was a total success – and she welcomed the Britts’ first child into the world this week!
On 2nd June, Whitney and Drew became parents to a baby boy, named Crews Asher Britt.
What an incredible story, and a wonderful friendship.