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Sisters Both Pregnant With Their Sibling's Babies

Fri, February 10, 2012 2:11pm EDT by HL Intern Add first Comment

Two Ohio sisters volunteered to carry their sister’s child after she found out she could not have her own, but BOTH ended up pregnant. What are the odds?

In a story told on the Today Show, Tanya Ratcliff and her husband Dan wanted to start a family, but discovered Tanya could conceive but couldn’t carry a child. They tried to get pregnant for months but with no luck, turned to a fertility clinic for help. The couple produced 14 embryos but, unlike the average woman, Tanya’s womb does not respond properly to the hormone treatments designed to plump up its lining, and therefore the embryos wouldn’t survive in her uterus.

Cassie Ripp and Tara Schamel, Tanya’s sisters, offered to be surrogate mothers and carry her child. After having Tanya’s embryos planted in them and weeks of hormone injections, Tara, 35, tested positive and was told she would be giving birth to a baby girl in April. Less than 10 weeks later, Cassie, 26, also found out she was pregnant and is carrying a baby boy due in June. While the Tanya and her husband were simply looking to have one child, they are now the expecting parents of two.

“Every day my husband and I will just stop and say, wait, I just can’t believe this is happening,” Tanya told NBC’s Janet Shamlian. “To be able to have two children with all the limitations I had just blows my mind.”

Tanya, who has witnessed her sisters give birth to their kids, is so thankful for their amazing gift and she and her husband can’t wait until they finally have their babies.

“It was unbelievable,” said Dan. “To give up your body for a whole year for us. It’s just unbelievable.”

What a rare, but heart warming story.

-Milly Contreras


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