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Maureen Farris (JLIntern 2006) became a surrogate and gave birth
to rare identical triplets for two Michigan dads. The triplets, Parker,
Robin and Sylvia were born September 9 and are daughters
of two Professors, Kevin and Eric, of Ann Arbor.
How did this come to be? Maureen has been thinking about surrogacy but had not pursued it. When her college friend Cathy
Cherico texted her about a gay couple who wanted a child,
Maureen thought, “ the Universe is working way too quickly but I
need to at least investigate it.” Cathy knew that Maureen had
taken leave of teaching and with husband Jeremiah were
superparents of son Julian.
Maureen explained to Jeremiah “I’m not giving away babies, I’m
babysitting their babies. I’m just helping usher their babies into
this world. Once Jeremiah understood her, he was all in supportive.
The husbands said it was important to use a donor egg—but one
that allowed the child to contact donor mother after age 18.
Both parties used lawyers to put together a contract.
Ultrasound images were labeled Baby A, Baby B and Baby C.
The one fertilized egg implanted in Maureen had split multiple
times, resulting in an extremely rare set of identical triplets.
To the husbands Maureen said, “Your not going to believe how
much I’m going to love your daughters. But it just feels like I’m
their special aunt... “ It still up in the air, but the husbands said they
think the girls will call Maureen “Auntie Mo”