When a couple is struggling to conceive, it’s common to look to surrogates as a way to start a family.
Often couples have to go through surrogacy agencies in order to find a woman who is prepared to be a surrogate, yet sometimes it’s a woman closest to you that might selflessly volunteer-just like Maggie Paxton’s sister, Morgan Williams, did for her.
Meet Maggie, Danny, and Morgan: Danny and Maggie Paxton were married in June 2013, and they knew they wanted to start a family, yet unforeseen complications made their family plan take a different path. Maggie was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2015 during the time the couple was trying to conceive their first 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥.
Unfortunately Maggie would learn from her oncologist that because her breast cancer was brought on by hormones, she wouldn’t be able to ever carry a 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥 without also putting her life at risk.
“Finding out I could not get pregnant was more devastating than finding out about the cancer,” Maggie said in an interview with Stevie Cruz Photography.
Maggie underwent a double mastectomy and chemo shortly after discovering the cancer, yet she still couldn’t believe she would never really be able to have 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥ren.
This is when Morgan, Maggie’s sister, decided to give her sister and brother-in-law one of life’s most precious gifts-something Maggie always wanted. The idea was thrown around while Maggie was still being treated in chemo, but once Morgan’s prognosis was in a better state, Maggie and Danny officially asked Morgan to be their surrogate.
In June 2016, the couple found out that after there were two embryos implanted into Morgan, they would be having twin girls—something they never thought would be possible for Maggie after her cancer treatment.
When Stevie Cruz, an Orange County new𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 photographer, received an email about a deserving mother-to-be and her sister as her surrogate, she could not refuse the chance to grant them a photography session to capture the special gift Morgan was giving to Maggie.
“Planning for the 𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡 of my twin daughters has given me a new outlook on life,” Maggie said in an interview with Fit Pregnancy. “Maybe I have gone through all of this to put me right where I am today, knowing that my daughters are safe and healthy, and so am I. My husband and I will forever be indebted to her, and I can’t wait to see her be the best auntie to these little girls.”