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A story of generosity, hope and surrogacy
Shannon Garner met and married the man of her dreams, had two gorgeous children and lived an idyllic life on the New South Wales coast. So why did she decide one day to pursue altruistic surrogacy? And what made her choose a gay male couple from Sydney?
Labour of Love is Shannon’s honest and engaging story – a rollercoaster of emotion set against the backdrop of a highly regulated ‘industry’. This is no account of heartache and conflict but an uplifting story of ‘a collective love’ – one that involves a handful of people from very different walks of life who end up being so much more than family.
As Shannon travels her journey of body, mind and soul, she lays bare the loving reality behind surrogacy, but also the trouble she found along the way.
Finding strength in unexpected places, Shannon pushed past the negativity of others to discover the courage she needed to selflessly carry and birth a baby that will not be her own – and to bring the gift of a precious life and soul into the world, to be loved and cared for by her new adoring parents.
About the Author
Shannon Garner lives in an idyllic coastal town in northern New South Wales with her husband and two children. When she’s not at the beach with her family, she’s writing, reading a good book, planning her next overseas adventure, or helping women online who are embarking on their own surrogacy journeys.
As a surrogate, I highly recommend this for all surrogates, Intended Parents and surrogacy professionals. This is a great, truthful read - full of highs and lows.
Beautiful inside and out
Labour of Love is a story beautifully conceived-emotive, engaging and honest-with the rollercoaster of emotions of any pregnancy juxtaposed with the very clinical aspects of a highly regulated 'industry' and its invasive administrative processes.
Importantly, Shannon's memoir is not an account of heartache and conflict, but an uplifting story the author describes as "a collective love"-one that involves a handful of people who start out strangers and end up so much more than family. What Shannon has written is a positive story about selflessness in the hope more women will consider surrogacy and more people will understand why.
Told from the point of view of the surrogate, her no holds barred approach documents the journey before, during and after the pregnancy, including the lengths she goes to, mind, body and soul, to prepare and give "her little passenger" the best start in life.
What Shannon couldn't have prepared herself for were the things she would learn about herself along the way, or the Internet trolls, the naysayers, and the critics keen to plant seeds of doubt, especially when mid-way through the pregnancy came the news that shocked the world and divided opinion-the story of Baby Gammy. Questions and constant scrutiny by the misinformed and curious, added to the responsibility of carrying another couple's baby (one that wasn't growing as it should) became overwhelming. Finding strength from unexpected places and painful childhood memories, desperate to show people she was, finally, good enough, Shannon pushes past the negativity of others and her own self-deprecating tendencies to find the courage she needs to selflessly carry and birth a baby that will not be her own.
I adore this story.
A fantastic read
Absolutely loved this book, it was very enjoyable to read. I felt as if I really was able to get to know all the different people within the book. It was entertaining, there were happy moments, tearful moments, laugh out loud moments, it was fantastic. The author shared so much of her surrogacy experience with the readers, and knowledge regarding surrogacy was learned along the way. I loved it!
The ultimate love story
What a privilege to share in such am emotional journey - this is the ultimate story of love and generosity!
ISBN: 9781925368604 ISBN-10: 1925368602 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 352 Published: 1st July 2016 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 0.46