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    Updated on Sep 1, 2020. Posted on Apr 28, 2016

    These Photos Capture The Emotional Moment A Mom Met Her Baby Born Via Surrogate

    "Instantly in love and so grateful."

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    You’ve probably seen your share of birth photos, but this photo series captures something you probably haven’t seen before: the joy of a mother meeting her baby born via surrogate.

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    Kim Overton was diagnosed with fibroids earlier in life, but she underwent surgery that allowed her to give birth to a son in 2012.

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    However, when she tried to have a second child, doctors told her that her fibroids were making it nearly impossible for her to get pregnant.

    Kim considered surrogacy — and upon discussing it with her family, learned her cousin’s daughter, Cydnee, was willing to do the job.

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    Both Kim and her husband were incredibly touched. "We see Cydnee as an angel," Kim told BuzzFeed. "Without her we wouldn't have been able to have another child. What she did was incredibly selfless and loving."

    Cydnee, meanwhile, wanted to become a surrogate because of the struggle Kim encountered trying to have another child.

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    "Having children of my own opened my eyes to how blessed I am, because there are women out there who can't — or are having difficulties — carrying their own children," Cydnee told BuzzFeed.

    The incredible photographs by Leilani Rogers capture the very emotional day for Kim's immediate and extended family.

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    The baby — a healthy boy — was named Oliver.

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    Kim says it was surreal meeting Oliver for the first time. "My three-year journey to conceive was a very emotional roller coaster, but finally there he was, this sweet little baby after such a long struggle."

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    The moment was emotional for Cydnee too. "I felt I'd accomplished my goal of making a wondrous change in someone's life."

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    Kim and Cydnee both hope their experience will help others to understand surrogacy better.

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    "Surrogacy can be a very special and amazing experience for couples who may have challenges with having a baby on their own," Kim said.

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