It has been a long and rough road for reality TV stars Bill and Giuliana Rancic on their quest to start a family, but they may have finally settled on the correct path to parenthood for them. They have elected to enlist the aid of a gestational carrier to bring their first child into the world.
The couple’s desire to have a child is a frequent topic on their reality show, “Giuliana & Bill” on Style Network. They have seen fertility specialists and experienced a number of tragedies and setbacks along the way, the most recent of which came when Giuliana discovered that she had breast cancer while preparing to undergo fertility treatments. In a way, the baby she hadn’t even conceived yet saved her life.
A gestational carrier is different from a surrogate parent in the fact that the child she is carrying is biologically Bill and Giuliana’s–there is no genetic relation between the carrier and baby; she is simply carrying the baby to term.
Giuliana described to Ann Curry on the Today Show what it felt like to learn that one of the embryos they had banked before being diagnosed with breast cancer had resulted in a pregnancy: “It was pretty much one of the best moments of my life, if not the best moment of my life…It was just another world, on another level.”
Giuliana, who co-hosts “Fashion Police” on E!, explained that they want to guard the privacy of the carrier so that she does not face undue stress during pregnancy. She revealed only that the carrier is married with two children and lives out of state. The couple says they visit “every month” and seem to have a good relationship with her. Giuliana refers to her as “my baby mama.” As for the baby, they know the baby’s gender, but do not wish to reveal it at this time–perhaps they will even wait until the baby is born in late summer.
Bill Rancic spoke of the news, saying, “This was our last stop…”This was it. We had those two embryos that we had banked prior to learning about the breast cancer, and with the medicine she was on, this was our last effort. The prayers were answered.”
Both future parents were happy and grateful. Giuliana said, “The more you focus on the positive, the more you are grateful for the good things in your life, the more good things come to you. I’ve really seen that. I have a great husband … and I have a baby on the way. What more can I ask for, really?”
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