SISTERLY TALK : Real Stories from Real Women — Pregnancy

Rental Womb

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Rental Womb

Because every woman has her own journey. At 17 years old, I was reading the local newspaper and an advertisement about surrogacy instantly seized my attention. It was one money-maker I had never thought of before. The year prior, my dad passed away. I left school to help my mother and two older sisters run our family farm through challenging financial times. We always had food to eat, and a roof over our heads, but luxuries like a new pair of shoes, or coat were reserved for extraordinarily special occasions. With my sister’s full-time job, and our family contributions on...

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Pregnant at 40

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Pregnant at 40

Because every woman has her own journey. I’ve never had much luck with men. Long-term relationships, and commitment just weren’t my thing. I partially attribute this to my upbringing. My parents are from Japan; and growing up, my dad had all the authority in our family of three. I cannot say my mom had an issue with it. She never spoke badly of him or went against any of his wishes. Not even the slightest attempt - whatsoever. He was always right, regardless of the situation. She wouldn’t even attend dinner with friends against his will.  She genuinely felt secure...

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[un] Lucky Seed

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[un] Lucky Seed

Because every woman has her own journey. That was the moment I knew my son wasn’t my husband’s. I am originally from West Los Angeles. Born to immigrant parents who fled the Middle East in search of a better life for myself and my sister. Life in my hometown was a bit suffocating, to say the least. My dad is Turkish (of Persian descent), and my mom is 100% Persian-- a fact that anyone meeting her learns within the first 8 seconds of conversation. For us, family gatherings were sights to be seen. Overly ostentatious handbags, jewelry, outfits, endless name-dropping,...

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