It's a beautiful story of friendship, generosity, and just plain love. After marrying her husband, Whitney Britt of Nashville, TN had tried for three years to get pregnant. When it didn't happen naturally, she tried artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization, but to no avail.
"I did all the witchcraft stuff," Britt, now 37, told TODAY Parents. "I was willing to do it all. If you told me to stand on my head for five hours, I'd do it."
Heartbroken from the struggle, Britt was advised by a fertility counselor to consider surrogacy, but she initially found the idea preposterous.
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"The only people I knew who had a surrogate baby were Bill and Giuliana Rancic, and Sarah Jessica Parker — all these rich and famous people," she said.
Still mulling over the decision, she was momentarily distracted when her oldest and dearest friend from high school, Jamie Howell of Memphis, TN, a mom to two boys, came to town for a visit to lift her spirits. The two longtime pals went out to dinner to talk privately--and that's when Howell revealed she had a big announcement. Her shocking words?
"I found a surrogate for you," she said. "It's me."
Apparently, Howell had been thinking about the idea for months after watching her friend struggle. She hated the idea of Britt choosing a surrogate from a group of strangers, and since they weren't planning to have any more kids of their own, her husband was on board with the idea as well.
"You wouldn't be able to call them every day. They're not going to tell you the private parts of being pregnant, the silly stuff that happens," Howell said. "Whitney needed to experience that so she could feel like she was part of the pregnancy as well."
After a long process that included psychological counseling for both couples, legal paperwork, and a few failed attempts, Howell gave birth to a baby boy, Crews Asher Britt, with the baby's soon-to-be mom standing right by her side.
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"This was absolutely meant to be, the way everything happened," Howell told TODAY. "This was God's plan for us. I was 100 percent supposed to do this without a doubt. Whitney now gets to start a new journey being a parent, and I get to be Aunt Jamie."
See more photos of this amazing friendship and happy ending in this quick video.
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