Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade welcome 'miracle baby' via surrogacy
After a long struggle with infertility, Union finally became a mother after choosing to have her child via a surrogate
Despite fertility struggles for a while now, Gabrielle Union has finally been blessed with a baby girl along with husband Dwyane Wade.
USA Today reported that Union welcomed her baby into the world through a surrogate. The actress took to Instagram to share pictures of her newborn and her husband. The caption read: "We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days. Welcome to the party sweet girl!" The post began with her quoting Bill Withers' 1977 'Lovely Day'. The couple is yet to reveal the name of their child.
The 46-year-old Union has been vocal in the past about her struggles with fertility. Her memoir in 2017 titled 'We're Going to Need More Wine', revealed that she had miscarried around eight or nine times, reported Mercury News. "I was always having these early miscarriages. Some through IVF and some, you know, just naturally," she said. She continued, "For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant — I’ve either been about to go into an IVF (in vitro fertilization) cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle or coming out of an IVF cycle."
This is Gabrielle's first daughter but her husband has three other children from past relationships, Xavier Zechariah, who will turn five soon, 11-year-old Zion Malachi Airamis, and 16-year-old Zaire Blessing Dwyane. Union and Wade began dating in 2009, and after a brief split in early 2013, they reunited and got engaged in December 2013. The couple later married in 2014.
In an interview with People last year, Gabrielle discussed how she initially did not want children, but after helping Wade raise his children, she changed her mind. "I never wanted kids," she said. "Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I’d rather be than with them." The star was constantly reminded of her problem when family members and strangers asked her about having children.
She said, "For so many women, and not just women in the spotlight, people feel very entitled to know, 'Do you want kids?' A lot of people, especially people that have fertility issues, just say 'no' because that’s a lot easier than being honest about whatever is actually going on. People mean so well, but they have no idea the harm or frustration it can cause."
Union is an actress, activist, and author. She rose to fame after landing supporting roles in several teen rom-coms. Wade is a professional basketball player for the Miami Heat and a 12-time NBA All-Star.