Posting the photo on Instagram, Obermeder wrote, “everything about this picture makes my heart explode with love and gratitude,” as her daughter Annabelle says hello to her soon-to-be sibling.
Fans were quick to envelope Obermeder, 42, in messages of love and support, with one writing, “this is so precious. Beyond excited for you guys.”
Others articulated their admiration for both Obermeder and her surrogate, with another writing, “what an incredible woman! You both are. Wishing you both a lifetime of love, good health and happiness.”
The Daily Edition star announced the news of the pregnancy back in July of this year, also sharing the news on Instagram.
“Yes, it’s true. Thrilled to bits to share that @marcusobermeder and I are adding to our family thanks to the most incredible surrogate,” she wrote.
After a battle with breast cancer in 2011 that played out in the public eye, Obermeder’s news was one that captured the heart of public.
Obermeder shared the personal struggles both she and husband Marcus have endured since the birth of Annabelle, her cancer diagnoisis and their longing for a second child this year on Sunday Night.
Obermeder was pregnant with daughter Annabelle when she was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. After an eight-month battle and 16 rounds of chemotherapy, in October 2012 doctors told her she was clear of the disease. But she was also told it would be difficult for her to carry a pregnancy in the future.
Talking to New Idea in 2014, Obermeder said the risk that came with pregnancy was far too great, and a risk she could not take.
“I’ve been told in no uncertain terms that it’s far too dangerous for me to be pregnant again, in terms of the cancer returning. It’s sad and disappointing and I have cried a lot about it, because I loved being pregnant with Annabelle. It was just the most amazing experience,” she told the magazine.
“But if the cancer does come back, there’s not much doctors can do for me. That’s it, so I would never risk it. Given that knowledge, you would never knowingly do that to yourself or to your family.”
Like many Australian states, paid surrogacy in the family’s home state of NSW remains illegal, so they had to look overseas to make their yearnings for another baby a reality.
In LA, the couple met Dr Kim Bergman, a woman who has been helping families find surrogates for more than 2o years. Through Dr Bergman, the family were put in contact with Rachel, a Wisconsin native and mum to three girls who had already been a surrogate once.
Rachel had decided she wanted to be a surrogate once more, with Obermeder only paying for her medical expenses.