DELRAN, New Jersey -- "Everybody deserves a family if that's what they want," said Victoria Spulock. "Everybody."
The 32-year-old nanny, dog-sitter, and house-cleaner is already a mother to 9-year-old Andrew. But she just gave birth to another child that has no relation to her.
"I had a great pregnancy with my son. No complications," she said. "I knew I wanted to be pregnant again but I didn't want any more kids of my own."
Three years ago, Spulock started the long and challenging process of becoming a surrogate mother.
Having already successfully given birth once, she was a candidate for the delicate role. Working with the Surrogacy Center of Philadelphia, she endured bloodwork, examinations, and hormonal treatment to start the process.
After she finally got the green light, she was introduced to Anuja Nepal and Bibek Sharma. The residents of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, are originally from Nepal. They married in 2007, but didn't consider having kids until roughly a decade later.
"We thought we were ready to have a child, but you know, I was not getting pregnant," said Nepal. "They did a biopsy and I was diagnosed with uterus cancer."
The stunning diagnosis turned their worlds upside-down. And although a hysterectomy expelled the cancer from her body, it also removed her ability to get pregnant.
"I thought, you know, this is it," she said. "We were never meant to have a child."
Exploring their options, the couple discovered surrogacy. And after developing a budding relationship with Spulock, the plan had been set in motion.
Sharma's DNA was fertilized with a third-party donor's egg. After three weeks, it was placed inside Spulock, where it would grow for roughly 40 weeks.
"Your bun, my oven," joked Spulock. "It's not about me. It's about getting their family the end result and everything and that makes me happy."
The process worked on the first try and sure enough, a healthy baby boy was born on December 28, 2021. Knowing how long and painful the process was, Sharma and Nepal consider it a miracle.
"It feels like a dream, especially this holiday season," said Nepal.
Meanwhile, Spulock is already preparing to bring another blessing into the world.
"I am very interested in wanting to do this again to help another family," she said. "And the fact that I already am in talks with somebody makes it awesome. I am meant for this. This is my calling."
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