Sally Obermeder couldn’t shake the feeling her family wasn’t complete.
Diagnosed with breast cancer the day before giving birth to her first child in 2011, and eventually recovering after gruelling treatment, doctors advised her not to attempt another pregnancy due to lingering risks.
So Sally focused on enjoying her renewed health and her daughter, Annabelle Grace.
Still, five years later, that urge to have another child hadn’t yet gone away. In fact if anything, it was even stronger.
“I wanted Annabelle to having a sibling. It was so strong.” She thought it was worth trying and even if it didn’t result in a sibling, she’d be at peace with the fact at least she tried.
That’s when the 43-year-old The Daily Edition host and her husband Marcus began discussing finding a surrogate.
It would prove to be easier for them than most. Having conceived Annabelle using IVF, the couple still had four frozen embryos in storage.
But there was a catch.
Due to Australia’s surrogacy laws, the couple needed to find a surrogate willing to do it altruistically, for free, out of the goodness of her heart.
Sally Obermeder spoke to Mia Freedman on the No Filter podcast about finding a surrogate. Article continues…
They contacted a surrogacy agency in the U.S. called Growing Generations that had been recommended to them and made their request, ending up with neo-natal nurse and mother-of-three, Rachel.
Their second daughter, Elyssa Rose, was born at the end of 2016.
Currently on 10 months of maternity leave, Sally Obermeder says she’s in heaven.
“I wanted the maternity leave not only for Elyssa, not only for me but also for Annabelle because she didn’t really get it last time and I felt like this was her chance to have it as well.”
Sally admits the adjustment of having a baby sister has been tough for Annabelle, 5 who had become used to being the recipient of all of her parent’s attention.
“And I get it. For Annabelle she’s had the sole limelight and all of our love and attention for five years and suddenly – and I think I was extra conscious because she didn’t see me pregnant, so it wasn’t this thing she lived with every day that she saw happening.”
“So it was a big adjustment. Big”