Kari Smith felt a real rapport with the overseas couple who commissioned her to have their child: they were about the same age, seemed to hold similar values and even shared a love of craft beer.
Then the Nova Scotia-based surrogate discovered she was pregnant with three babies, and things took a “horrible” turn.
Smith wanted to carry all three but, without hesitation, the would-be parents insisted the trio of fetuses be reduced surgically to just two. As non-citizens of their Caribbean home, they were all but barred from bringing home more than two children to the island nation.
A lawyer advised Smith that the couple could cut off expense payments if she insisted on keeping all the babies. Not wanting to upend the couple’s lives, the surrogate eventually agreed to the reduction, then one of the remaining two fetuses died, too. It was a traumatic experience.