After years of fertility struggles, Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade finally became parents this week!
Through the help of a surrogate, the couple welcomed their ‘miracle baby.’
The 46-year-old actress took to Instagram Thursday to introduce their baby girl to the world, calling it “a lovely day.”
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🎵 When I wake up in the mornin’ love And the sunlight hurts my eyes And there’s something without warning, love Bears heavy on my mind Then I look at you And the world’s alright with me Just one look at you And I know its gonna be A lovely day A lovely day 🎶 A LOVELY DAY 👶🏾👶🏾👶🏾 We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days. Welcome to the party sweet girl! #onelastdance #skintoskin @dwyanewade ❤👑🥂 📸 by @awesomeedd
Quoting Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day” lyrics, Union shared photos of the couple curled up in the hospital with their new bundle of joy, snuggling and sharing the first moments of skin-to-skin contact.
“We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days,” Union captioned the post.
She continued: “Welcome to the party sweet girl.”
A History of Infertility
Union has always been an open book when it comes to discussing her struggles with fertility. Many thought it was because she and Wade, 36, waited too long to have children.
But this past August, she revealed at a BlogHer event in New York City that her infertility was a result of a type of endometriosis called adenomyosis.
“Towards the end of my fertility journey I finally got some answers, because everyone said ‘You’re a career woman, you’ve prioritized your career, you waited too long and now you’re just too old to have a kid – and that’s on you for wanting a career. The reality is I actually have adenomyosis.”
Over the years, Union says that her condition went undiagnosed. She experienced periods that lasted 10 days or more, soaked through overnight pads, and eventually suffered from countless miscarriages in her quest to become pregnant.
“I was always having these early miscarriages,” she told Dr. Oz in 2016. “Some through IVF and some, you know, just naturally,” she said, adding that she lost track of how many – maybe as many as “eight or nine.”
She also detailed the struggle in her memoir, We’re Going to Need More Wine.
“For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant,” she writes. “I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.”
But even through all of the pain and heartache of losing baby after baby, Union knew she wanted a family of her own.
On Thursday, that finally happened.
Her NBA star husband Dwayne Wade has three sons from previous relationships, and the couple have been raising his nephew.
They have not yet announced their daughter’s name.