Austin woman welcomes second son via surrogacy, pictures go viral

Mother's Day is a dream come true for an Austin woman who recently welcomed her second son into the world through surrogacy.

"This is Oliver he was born on March 21st and he's the result of determination for three years," Kim Overton proudly explained while holding him.

Oliver completes Kim's family and just six weeks into life millions of people know about her son and have seen pictures from the day he was born.

"What is happening? There were so many women who wanted to know the backstory after my husband posted my blog," said Overton.

Overton hired Leilani Rogers Photography to capture the moment of Oliver's birth in the delivery room. Oliver is Overton's son genetically, but she didn't give birth to him. Overton's cousin's daughter Cydnee was a surrogate for Overton.

"It was very surreal," said Overton. The picture captures so many emotions including the joy Overton felt.

"The most important one of the happiness of seeing her child come into the world. The picture says it all," said Dr. Thomas Vaughn is a fertility specialist with Texas Fertility Center.

Overton's journey to Motherhood has not been an easy one. At 34, she learned that she had fibroid tumors. She was single and did not have any children at that point but wanted to be a mother.

When she was 39 she gave birth to her first son, Dylan. Overton became a solo starter which means she started a family on her own with the help of a donor. After Dylan was born the tumors came back. "They kept growing and it was at the point where she couldn't have another surgery yet her uterus wasn't healthy," said Vaughn. That's when he recommended surrogacy.

"Surrogacy is where someone else is carrying the baby," said Vaughn.

"I felt like Oliver was mine. Some people have questions about attachment. How do you love your child if you didn't carry your child? I didn't feel any different," said Overton.

She's forever grateful to Cydnee and wants others struggling with fertility to know they are not alone.
"People struggling with fertility feel like they are the only ones struggling. Once they talk they realize a lot of their friends struggled with this and it's just something they haven't talked about," said Vaughn.

One month before Cydnee became pregnant with Oliver, Overton met her husband Jason. They were married over Christmas.

"Everyday I'm grateful. Mother's Day is another day to be grateful," she said.

Together as a family of five their journey will continue.

"It's just the beginning. Right Oliver?" she lovingly asked her new son.

Kim is writing a blog about her experience. You can check it out at http://www.kimjoverton.com/a-miracle-through-surrogacy/

You can see more photos from Leilani Rogers at PhotosByLei.com

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