Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

An Emotional First Day of Prep for Surrogacy Twins

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

An Emotional First Day of Prep for Surrogacy Twins

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Byline: Vanessa Jarrett

ROCKHAMPTON parents Peter and Merri Anderson never thought they would see the day they would have children starting school.

But after 17 years and 15 failed IVF attempts, their dreams came true in 2014, when twins Sam and Sasha were born via surrogacy.

The twins were carried by former Bundaberg woman, Emma Barwick, who already had teenage children Ella, 16, and Mason, 13.

The surrogacy didn't come easy, the second failed attempt resulted in miscarriage on Christmas Day but finally the third attempt took and held two babies.

And just last month, those little babies started prep.

Mum held back the tears thinking about the fact her children turned five next week.

The twins began at Parkhurst State School and it was quite the "emotional first day".

"It's the start of them really growing up... they are in the big school now," Merri said.

"They are my little babies."

The twins are loving school and their proud mum said it was great to see them progressing through life in what has seemed to be a whirlwind.

The twins are like chalk and cheese, Sam is very laid back and calm while Sasha is very headstrong and bossy.

The Anderson family are still very close with the twins' surrogate mum, who they call Aunty Emma.

They recently travelled down to Brisbane to stay with her and her husband and the two families spent Christmas together.

They take turns travelling to see each other and Merri sends Emma photos and videos most days and the kids video call Emma as well.

"She loves hearing abut the kids, she always asks how they are going... she's one of my best friends now," Merri said.

"We've heard many, many horror stories come out of surrogacy but this is a great one, the kids are healthy, we all get along well."

Merri and her husband Peter will never stop being grateful for all Emma did for them.

"She never got a cent, she's done that for us for nothing," Merri said. …

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