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Surrogate Pioneer Joan Lunden's Advice to Giuliana Rancic

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 06:49 AM

Having children through a surrogate mother was still a novelty when former “Good Morning America” co-host Joan Lunden had two sets of twins – the first in 2003 and the other in 2005 – with the help of surrogacy. Today, the procedure has become much more common.
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Lunden has followed the story of E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic as she battled breast cancer and then announced recently that she is anticipating the birth of her first child — through a surrogate. Lunden has nothing but good things to say about having children through surrogacy.
“For Giuliana, you’ll never pick up your child ever and have that thought, ‘Oh, somebody else carried them in their uterus,’” Lunden tells Newsmax Health. “It’s kind of like a womb for rent. To be able to build a family is just such a magical wonderful thing and will bring so much joy to (the Rancics’) lives. So I’m glad they got matched up with a good surrogate.”
Giuliana and her husband Bill Rancic, who have chronicled their battle with infertility on the reality show “Giuliana and Bill,” and have spoken publicly about Giuliana’s breast cancer and double mastectomy, are so fortunate for the selflessness of the woman willing to be their surrogate, says Lunden, the keynote speaker at a recent meeting of the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla.
“Families these days are made in many different ways,” she tells Newsmax Health. “It’s really a wonderful amazing thing that there are women in this world who are so selfless that they will carry a child for another couple, that will help them make a family.”
The same surrogate, Deborah Bolig of Cincinnati, Ohio, carried both sets of twins for Lunden and her husband Jeff Konigsberg. Joan also has three daughters that she carried herself. Bolig continues to be part of the Lunden children’s lives, a choice the Rancics may or may not make for their surrogate and child, due late this summer.
“My children know Deborah, they know she was their first real nanny,” says Lunden, a co-author of a new edition of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” dedicated to family caregivers. “She took care of them for the first nine months. We bring her to New York and keep her involved in our lives, although you don’t have to. That’s just our choice.
“I want my children to always understand what someone else did for them.”
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