Woman Carries Sister's Rainbow Baby After Three Miscarriages and Loss of Two Newborns
Sisters share an unbreakable bond, and that statement couldn’t be any truer for Beth Guadino and Anna Howat.
The two, who have both experienced the heartbreak of miscarriage, will now be forever linked through the birth of Guadino’s first child through surrogacy via Howat.
It was in May of 2015 when Guadino, now 32, revealed to her sister that she was pregnant with twins. Having endometriosis, a condition that can make becoming pregnant difficult and ultimately caused her pregnancy to be considered high risk, she didn’t allow herself to become too excited. In August 2015, Guadino gave birth to Grace and Savage at just 20 weeks, both of whom passed away within hours.
“We went through similar things together,” said Howat, who had experienced two miscarriages prior to her sister’s and her third in October of 2015. “So I could understand what she was going through and she could understand what I was going through. I think that the whole experience, my miscarriages and her losses, brought us much closer.”
It was the birth of Anna Howat’s now 1-year-old daughter Penelope in 2016 that brought the sister’s new hope, and after hearing that doctors weren’t sure if her sister would be able to become pregnant again, Howat began inquiring about surrogacy.
“I just remember saying: ‘Well, I’ll just carry your baby,’ ” Howat told PEOPLE, recalling the heartbreak and the subsequent successful transfer that took place in May. “It wasn’t even like an offer, and there were no questions. It was just like, obviously I would do that for [her].”
To celebrate Charlotte Grace, who is to be born in February and to honor the babies that they’ve lost, the two sisters participated in a “rainbow baby” maternity photoshoot.
The photoshoot, organized by photographer JoAnn Marrero, who has also experienced the loss of a child, included hair and makeup for the expectant mothers and prenatal massages.
As for what Guadino and Howat hope for the future, Guadino says that she hopes their childrens’ families “are just as close as we are.”
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Kathryn became a mother of identical twins boys after suffering through four years of infertility. This included 6 fresh IVFS, 3 frozen embryos transfers, more than 100 embryos, 2 Gestational Surrogates and 1 Egg Donor. Soon after her sons’ births, Kathryn decided to take her unwitting education in infertility, combine it with her organizational acumen & researching finesse, throw in a touch of her television writing, directing and producing skills and turn it into a successful surrogacy agency and fertility consulting business – Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Inc & Agency for Fertility Solutions. The companies have been thriving for more than 6 years now.
Kathryn has a BA from Bard College, an MA from Emerson College and resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband, twin boys, a dog and a disgruntled cat. She can be reached at email@example.com
Meet LAURI BERGER DE BRITO
Lauri Berger de Brito never thought having a family would be such a challenge. While her first daughter was the blissful result of a very naïve IUI, it was only when she started trying for a sibling, that the world of secondary infertility came crashing down… with a vengeance. After suffering many miscarriages with IUIs, IVFs, ZIFT and even donor egg, Lauri turned to gestational surrogacy/donor egg to complete her family. She now is a very happy mom to 3 children – 1 biological, and 2 little ones via same egg donor/same surrogate but born a year apart.
Lauri lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three children, 2 dogs and one, sometimes two lizards. Lauri can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Both Lauri and Kathryn are proud members of PVED, ASRM, ESHRE, RESOLVE, EDSPA .