SJP’s Inspiration for Couples Struggling with Infertility

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Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick with their twin girls.

“[We] tried and tried and tried and tried and tried to get pregnant, but it just was not to be, the conventional way—I would give birth as often as I could, if I could. I cherished all the milestones, the good and the bad,” Sarah Jessica Parker said about struggling with infertility as a couple.

Sarah Jessica and Matthew’s twins were born to a surrogate mother in Ohio on June 22, 2009. She described their gestational carrier as “strong, bright, independent, thoughtful, caring, gracious and generous.”

She went on to talk about meeting her daughters–now 6-year-old twins Tabitha and Loretta–for the first time in the delivery room.

“Meeting your children rather than giving birth to them, it’s as if, um, it’s—suspended animation. The gestational experience is gone,” she said. “It’s as if everything else disappears for a moment, and the world goes silent and—I can’t explain it except to say that nothing else existed. I don’t remember anything but the blanket on the bed that they were lying on and my husband’s face and their faces and my son’s. It’s literally as if sound is sucked from the room. Time stands still. It’s so different, and equally extraordinary. I am very poor at describing it. But it’s amazing.”

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, their son James Wilkie and twins Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge.
It’s brave and wonderful that Sarah Jessica Parker was generous enough to share her feelings about building her family through surrogacy with the world.
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