Fans of TV super-couple Giuliana and Bill will be aware of their long struggle to become parents. After years of trying to conceive naturally, followed by IVF, Giuliana was diagnosed with breast cancer, putting a halt to their baby plans.
Their story does have a happy ending however, and the couple have their first baby, Duke, via a surrogate mother. We chatted to Giuliana about the fulfillment of the couple's baby dreams.
Congratulations Giuliana on the birth of Duke! You're at the end of the process now, but why did you decide to go through surrogacy?
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer we had to put everything on hold. Once we revisited getting pregnant the doctor said, “I’m putting you on medication for five years and one of the downsides is you can’t get pregnant because it can cause birth defects.” And so it took me out of the game as far as being pregnant myself went.
Giuliana and Bill tells more of your story, but what else do you hope people will get from the show?
I think there are a lot of misconceptions about surrogacy, I had them myself; I knew nothing about surrogacy before a year ago. So I think it will be an eye-opener for a lot of people, I think they’ll learn from it.
These days more and more women are turning to surrogacy and adoption because we’re waiting longer to get pregnant. Many of us are choosing our career instead of a baby, then we come to a different place in our lives, we meet a guy, we want to get pregnant but we’re in our 30s and find it a little harder. That’s why so many women are turning to IVF and it feels like more women then ever before are struggling.
You and Bill have lived almost your whole relationship through your TV show but why did you decide to document your surrogacy?
When Bill and I signed on for the reality show we wanted to do it for good, not evil. We wanted to be honest with people, although we never thought we’d have the trials and tribulations we ended up having. When this started happening we thought, do we hide this and lie to people, or do we show what we’re going through? We chose the latter. We hope that by sharing our story we can help others - maybe people have found comfort and they feel less alone. I feel privileged that I may have helped people.
On a lighter note; your love of sports is well known. If your son grows up to be an athlete, what would you like him to excel in?
(Laughs) Swimming. He’d have incredible discipline and a great physique!
And if you were an athlete?
I would be a gymnast. I love watching gymnastics. I can’t even do a cartwheel to save my life but when I watch these women, I think what they’re capable of is beyond me. I’m mesmerized watching gymnastics.
I feel privileged that I may have helped people.