Gabrielle Union recently sat down for an interview for Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland, where she spoke in-depth about the process of finding a surrogate after suffering multiple miscarriages and having several failed IVF cycles.
In fact, Union says the woman who ended up carrying her and Dwyane Wade’s daughter, Kaa James, had no idea that she’d be interviewed by the power couple.
Per ET Online:
Union says prior to meeting her surrogate, the woman didn’t even know she would be interviewed by the famous couple. “[At first], she didn’t know that it was us, although I knew all about her. So when we met, she walked in and was like, ‘Oh!'”
In terms of what she and D-Wade were looking for in a surrogate, Union explains,
“Race wasn’t an issue for me, but for others, if you have a same-race surrogate, there’s a fear of someone running off with your baby. People have all kinds of fears and things that they want. Some want [the surrogate to follow a] a specific religion; or to allow TV, or no TV; or they send audio files for the surrogate to play your voice so it can be heard along with the household voices.”
She adds, “For us, we wanted: She has her own kids, a husband, she’s done this before, she knew what she was doing. There was no need for us to micromanage.”