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Georgie Crawford makes heartbreaking decision not to proceed with Ukraine surrogacy


By Sarah Finnan
25th Feb 2022

@georgiecrawford

Georgie Crawford makes heartbreaking decision not to proceed with Ukraine surrogacy

The health coach and wellness speaker revealed that she and her husband, Jamie, had been matched with an international surrogate over in Ukraine just after the new year. 

Most people will be familiar with Georgie Crawford at this stage. A breast cancer survivor, qualified health coach and inspiring wellness speaker, she’s also the woman behind the hugely popular podcast The Good Glow. 

Something she started while trying to “put her life back together” in the wake of her cancer diagnosis, Georgie was just 32-years-old and only seven months postpartum after the birth of her daughter, Pia, when she found a lump in her breast. Two surgeries, five months of chemotherapy and four weeks of radiotherapy later, she appeared on The Late Late Show to share her story. 

Moving the entire country with her ability to “dig deep” and continue powering through, the podcast has gone from strength to strength since she shared her very personal experience and though she’s suffered more heartbreak than most, Georgie’s resilience and unwavering positivity never cease to amaze. 

Always sure to keep her bring legion of social media along for the journey – both the ups and downs – Georgie has also spoken candidly about her hopes to expand her family and have another child. Previously explaining that she has been advised not to conceive while still taking medication to aid her cancer recovery, last year she revealed that she and her husband, Jamie, had decided to go down the surrogacy route instead. Confirming that they had been matched with an international surrogate from Ukraine just one day before Christmas Eve, Georgie subsequently shared the good news with followers over on Instagram in early January. 

“I have cried more tears this Christmas than ever before,” she wrote alongside a gorgeous video of her and Jamie telling their family. “All our dreams came true on December 23rd when we were matched with our surrogate. We can’t wait for this adventure. We love our families so much, they never stopped loving and supporting us over the past 18 months.”

Unfortunately, things did not play out as they’d hoped and the Crawfords have had to make the unimaginably difficult decision not to proceed with that surrogacy. Due to undergo the process of embryo transfer this week, the couple were forced to put things on pause in light of the current situation in Ukraine. Their match didn’t want to wait, however, and has chosen to continue the process with another family. 

“Over the past two weeks, we have watched the news nonstop and have been on an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least,” Georgie shared during the week. “Our embryo transfer was due to take place yesterday [Monday] but we felt like it was best for our family to ask our clinic if we could pause the process until things (hopefully) settle.

“Our clinic were so supportive but unfortunately our surrogate mother felt like she had to keep going in the process and was to be put forward to another family who felt ready to proceed.

“When I say unfortunate, I mean unfortunate for us. I have no doubt in my mind that our surrogate made the best decision for her family. I thought about her all day long yesterday and have nothing but love in my heart for her.”

“We are thinking of all the parents going to Ukraine to collect their beautiful babies and most of all we are praying for peace for the people of Ukraine,” she added. 

Later thanking the public for the influx of support her family has received since updating people on their decision, Georgie said that she’s been “floored” by the outpouring of love and is “so grateful” for every single story, advice, message and prayer. 

There are a number of not-for-profit organisations you can donate to to help the people of Ukraine including United Help Ukraine, Save the Children, UNICEF Ukraine and Doctors Without Borders.