Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story

Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story

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by Sara Connell

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In 2011, 61-year-old Kristine Casey delivered the greatest gift of all to her daughter, Sara Connell: Sara’s son, Finnean. Kristine—the gestational carrier of Sara and her husband Bill’s child—then became the oldest woman ever to give birth in Chicago.

While Finnean’s birth made local headlines, Sara’s memoir will inspire the…  See more details below


In 2011, 61-year-old Kristine Casey delivered the greatest gift of all to her daughter, Sara Connell: Sara’s son, Finnean. Kristine—the gestational carrier of Sara and her husband Bill’s child—then became the oldest woman ever to give birth in Chicago.

While Finnean’s birth made local headlines, Sara’s memoir will inspire the nation with this modern family’s remarkable—and untold—story: of the parents who wanted nothing more than to have a baby, and the mother who would do anything for her daughter.

After unsuccessfully trying to conceive naturally, years of fertility treatments, and three lost pregnancies, Sara and Bill began giving up hope of bringing a baby to term. When Kristine offered to be their surrogate, they were shocked—but after serious consideration and dozens of medical exams, the three embarked upon the miraculous undertaking that culminated in Finnean’s birth.

Connell’s memoir recounts the heartbreak of losing pregnancies; the process of opening herself to the idea of her mother carrying her child; and the profound bond that blossomed between mother and daughter as a result.

Inspiring and ultimately triumphant, Bringing in Finn is a tale of despair, hope, and redemption—and the discovery that with unconditional love there are no limits to what can be achieved.

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"Riveting narrative trumps all, and readers found it here in spades: After an ordeal of fertility treatments and lost pregnancies, the author and her husband accept her 61-year-old mother’s offer to become the gestational carrier of their child—a saga that transforms a strained mother-daughter bond and creates a new family."
ELLE magazine

“Sara Connell burns through abstract questions about the ethics and limits of medicalized fertility and gets to the heart of things. The result is a powerful testament to the depth and complexity of mother love. “
Ariel Gore, founding editor of Hip Mama and the author of Bluebird

“Sara Connell’s journey to motherhood is a modern miracle. Her lyrical book chronicles an adventure that leads us into uncharted territory. Connell reaches deep into her heart to write about the desire for children, the sacred trust of marriage, the enduring bonds between mothers and daughters, and the sustaining power of hope. I couldn’t put it down.”
Dominique Browning, Senior Director, Moms Clean Air Task Force

“Be prepared to be blown away. Bringing in Finn is about a family so determined to bring a baby into the world that they push every convention possible and succeed in making a miracle.”
Michelle Lowe, playwright, author of Inana, winner of the 2010 Francesca Primus Prize

Bringing in Finn is a must-read for anyone who is in any stage of yearning—for a child, for a mother, for a family, for faith. This is a story for anyone with an unfulfilled longing or desire.”
Christie Tate, author of Outlaw Mama

“…this is an amazing journey, beautifully shared. It calls us to celebrate what matters most, persevere in times of despair, and know the Truth that Love always prevails.”
Marian Baker, author of Wake Up Inspired

"Bringing in Finn is Sara’s bracingly honest memoir, and it’s a testament to the power of family. Far from being sensational, it’s a moving and inspiring look at unusual choices made with love."
Reader's Digest

"The remarkable story of a family coming together when a 61-year-old woman becomes a surrogate carrier for her infertile daughter."
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Kirkus Reviews
The story of a 61-year-old woman who served as the gestational carrier for her grandson. At the beginning of the book, Connell's struggles with her fertility don't seem that unusual. In fact, she isn't the most sympathetic narrator, as we see her dismiss Western medicine entirely after a single appointment with a gynecologist with a bad bedside manner. After spending two years trying acupuncture and herbal tea in an effort to restart her cycle "naturally," the author finally consulted a medical professional and eventually became pregnant through in vitro fertilization. When she experienced the devastating loss of her twin boys at 22 weeks gestation, the author thanked the doctors for attempting a risky medical procedure with a small chance of success. After another pregnancy and miscarriage, Connell and her husband began to consider surrogacy. This would be an unremarkable point in the story except for what happened next: The author's mother, recently retired, offered to act as the surrogate. They accepted, and their second IVF cycle was successful, with Connell's mother delivering Finn, a healthy baby boy. A life coach by trade, the author tends to emphasize mystical experiences, which are certainly powerful and meaningful. However, though she has more reason than most to be thankful for the extraordinary advances in medical fertility treatments, she never seems to acknowledge that science had a lot more to do with her son's birth than vision boards and trusting in the "Divine Mother." Noteworthy mainly due to the remarkable circumstances of Finn's birth.

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Meet the Author

Sara Connell is an author, speaker, and life coach with a private practice in Chicago. In her individual and public work, she specializes in women's sexual and reproductive healing and health. As a speaker-facilitator, Connell has worked with major Fortune 500 Companies and nonprofit organizations, including Avon, Estee-Lauder-Origins, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Unilever. She has also been a frequent contributor to media including FOX News Chicago, NPR, WGN, and Oprah, and has been published in Psychobabble, Evolving Your Spirit, In Balance, and Mindful Metropolis Magazine. Bringing in Finn is Connell's first book.

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Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down. I am not going through infertility myself but I have a few friends who are and I'd like to commend Ms. Connell on being so brave and sharing with us her intimate details. This book has helped me be more understanding to the difficulties my friends might be going through. Awesome read that brought me to tears several times. I've read reviews of people saying that she is a little "neurotic" or "stretching the truth" but I think those types of moments in the book just add the flavor. It kept me interested. This could have easily been a boring book but it was not. Read like a movie. I wish all the best to the Connell family and to every family that is going through something similar.
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Joyce_Marter More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this amazing memoir to all women. I am honored to know the author, Sara Casey Connell. I told her years ago that she is one of my personal heros because of her profound psycho-spiritual wisdom and gifts for healing and inspiring others. Her memoir is incredibly beautiful, vulnerable, moving, and inspirational. I couldn't put the book down and was completely overcome with tears from reading her painful yet extraordinary journey into motherhood. It is a true love story. I have great love and respect for Sara and highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in understanding the power of the feminine, our purpose and our connection to one another.
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catygirl More than 1 year ago
I think this was a great book to relate to also having gone through fertility challenges and one others can relate to if they too have had fertility challenges.