Gabrielle Union has not been silent about her journey to becoming a parent. In an interview with TODAY Parents, The Being Mary Jane star reveals that her motivation for speaking up comes from the fact that her story is not unique and that one in eight couples struggle with infertility.
“Fertility issues strike so many people,” Union said in her interview. You do not have to be lurking in the shadows, going to your doctor’s appointment in full disguise. You are not defective. You are part of a very, very, very large community that understands every step you have been through. There is hope.”
As we all know, Union, suffers from a form of endometriosis called adenomyosis, which increases the risk of miscarriage. In 2018, she and basketball star husband, Dwyane Wade explored surrogacy. On November 7th, the couple welcomed daughter Kaavia James via surrogate.
“I’m so glad I got over myself and my fear of what people would think of me if I did not carry my own child. It’s ok to bring your child into the world in a way that is not through your body. The world will not consider you a failure. Every route to parenthood is perfect, worthwhile and amazing.”
And of course, little Kaavia is the apple of her parents eye. “She brings us all the joy we could ever imagined,” Union says in her interview. “But there’s this extra layer. She is dreams fulfilled. She is the living embodiment of not giving up. I never thought this little girl could represent so much.”
If you haven’t had the opportunity to read Union’s memoir, We’re Going to Need More Wine, detailing her battle with infertility, you are missing a true insight into what it means to struggle on the journey towards parenthood. Make sure to check pick up a copy and let us know what you think!