MSNBC host welcomes baby daughter
Talk about a Valentine’s Day love story! MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband, James, welcomed a new bundle of joy to their family last Friday. But as Harris-Perry, who already had one child, explains in a tender essay “How We Made Our Miracle,” the process didn’t go quite as planned:
I had my first daughter, Parker, when I was 28. It was easy. I was pregnant within a month of deciding to try and avoided all of the serious complications and most of the minor annoyances of pregnancy. She was delivered after an entirely natural, unassisted labor. I assumed this would be the first of several pregnancies and that I would add to my family immediately.
Life did not work out that way.
Harris-Perry’s first pregnancy was unremarkable, but fibroids and a hysterectomy made carrying a second pregnancy impossible. Enter science, IVF and a surrogate and Harris-Perry and her family are over the moon:
My pregnancy with my first daughter was blessedly uneventful; this one, however, was indeed an event. It took two families, three states, four doctors, and five attorneys to get this little girl here. And while our gestational carrier has no genetic tie to our little one, she is now our family. She gave our daughter love, safety, and nourishment for nine months. On Valentine’s Day, she gave her life and placed her in our arms. Her immediate and extended families have supported all of us along the way. They crowded the hospital room this weekend and shared in our joy.