Gabrielle Union says using a surrogate mother “felt like failure”.
The 46-year-old actress suffers from adenomyosis - which is a type of endometriosis - and tragically underwent at least eight miscarriages before she turned to a surrogate mother to help her carry her daughter Kaavia, now two months, whom she has with husband Dwayne Wade.
But the Being Mary Jane star says she hated the idea of using a surrogate mother for the pregnancy, because she felt as though she was “surrendering” to her previous fertility struggles.
She said: "There's nothing more that I wanted than to cook my own baby. The idea of [using a surrogate] felt like surrendering to failure.”
Gabrielle says she wasn’t sure she would be “embraced as a mom” because she didn’t carry her daughter, and found the anxiety over what other people would think to be “terrifying”.