Sean and Carolyn in the press.


POSTED: 03/16/11 8:19 PM

As we made our way through media events, we got to meet some really interesting people along the way. Enjoy!… Read the rest

Review from Divine Caroline

POSTED: 03/7/11 11:18 AM

“Carolyn & Sean Savage’s story was covered widely in the People magazine and on The Today Show when they gave birth to the baby boy in September 2009. In this book they are telling the entire story for the very first time. It is a story of a couple who underwent an IVF procedure only to later learn that the clinic had transferred the wrong embryos. They then had to face a heartbreaking decision: terminate the pregnancy, sue for custody or hand over the infant to his genetic parents upon delivery. They decided to give away the baby that Carolyn had carried in her womb, to a family they didn’t know. If you’re a parent you will understand the pain that they must have felt throughout her pregnancy knowing they will never be part of the child’s life. Reading this book I learned a great deal about IVF and encourage anyone considering going through this procedure to read it. The book provides an inside look at how modern medicine could allow such a tragic mistake to take place.”

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Guardian U.K.: “The Mother of All Mix-ups”

POSTED: 03/6/11 11:59 AM

Emma Brockes      |       Saturday 5 March 2011

Carolyn and Sean Savage were on their fourth round of IVF when they discovered she was pregnant – with another couple’s child. Emma Brockes talks to them about what happened next…

In some US states, Carolyn Savage would be called the “natural mother”. In others she is known as the “birth mother”. The fertility industry generally refers to her as a “gestational carrier”, a term she finds abhorrent. It’s a complicated situation. In February 2009, while undergoing IVF, Savage was mistakenly implanted with the fertilised egg of another couple. She carried the baby to term and, after giving birth, handed him over to his “genetic parents”. If she doesn’t know exactly what she is to 18-month-old Logan, she does know this: “I took him from 12 cells to a living, breathing human being.” The 41-year-old pauses. “That’s a big deal.”

Since news of their situation got out, Sean and Carolyn Savage have been caught in a publicity whirlwind. They come from Sylvania, Ohio, where Sean works for a financial services firm and Carolyn was headteacher of a primary school. At the time of starting what they thought would be their last try at IVF, she had already undergone 20 ovarian stimulation cycles, three … Read the rest

Watch: 700 Club Interview

POSTED: 03/3/11 7:49 PM

and the 700 Club Interactive interview

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Review from Shelf Awareness: “an important and timely book”

POSTED: 03/2/11 10:30 AM

Although the overly chatty subtitle of this co-authored memoir leaches some its tension before the cover is even opened, Carolyn and Sean Savage’s story–by turns horrifying, frustrating and heartbreaking–remains both compelling and disturbing on several levels. As outrageous as their experience seems, it is likely to be repeated in various ways as reproductive technology continues to advance and questions of what defines parenthood become ever more complicated.

Bonded in part by their shared Catholic faith and commitment to the Church, Carolyn and Sean, who were married in 1993, had hoped for a large family. Despite her endometriosis, Carolyn had a relatively easy first pregnancy and gave birth to their son soon after they married. More fertility and pregnancy problems arose, however, and Carolyn nearly died giving birth to their second son about two years later. The Savages temporarily gave up the dream of more children for several years but then decided to try in vitro fertilization; a decision that came with some soul-searching since the Church does not approve of IVF. After another very difficult pregnancy, Carolyn gave birth to a daughter. By this time, Carolyn was close to 40 years old. The Savages were advised by their doctor that if they wanted to attempt another pregnancy with their remaining … Read the rest