LOVING GIFT: Surrogate mother Emma Barwick and Merri Anderson with the twins.
LOVING GIFT: Surrogate mother Emma Barwick and Merri Anderson with the twins. Mike Knott BUNSUR

Merri embraces motherhood at long last as twins arrive

TO say Rockhampton's Merri Anderson is over the moon that she is finally a mum is the understatement of the century.

Her and partner Peter's twins, born via Bundaberg surrogate Emma Barwick, made their much-awaited entry into the world at 7.30pm on February 28 just eight minutes apart.

Although they were a month early, Sam weighed in at a healthy 3.11kg (6lb 14oz) and Sasha a little lighter at 2.26kg (5lb 11oz).

Their arrival brings to an end Merri's heartbreaking story of 17 years, and 15 failed IVF attempts, to have a baby.

They were born one day before Merri's birthday.

"It was the best present ever," she said.

Despite being early, the twins only spent a week in hospital and the family of four have now returned to Rockhampton.

The trip home went smoothly, with the babies sleeping the whole way.

Merri said she still can't believe she is a mum.

"It's all still surreal and I ask myself 'are they really ours?'. They're such perfect little babies," she said.

Family and friends in Rockhampton are keen to visit the new bubs, but are letting the family get settled first.

"Everyone is so excited, it's been a long time coming," she said.

Merri had all but given up hope of becoming a mum after numerous unsuccessful IVF attempts and being told her only chance was surrogacy - which was still illegal at that stage.

But by a stroke of luck, surrogacy became legal in Queensland and Merri was put in touch with Emma.

Emma and and her husband Paul have two children. Ella, 16, and Mason, 13.

"Nine months of my life will give them a lifetime of happiness," Emma said.

- Bundaberg NewsMail



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