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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 February 2011, Sara Connell’s mother, Kristine Casey, delivered the greatest gift of all to her daughter – Sara’s son Finnean. At that moment, 61-year-old Kristine – the gestational carrier of Sara and her husband Bill’s child – became the oldest woman ever to give birth in Chicago.

Bringing in Finn is the incredible


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

Bringing in Finn is the incredible story of one woman’s hard-fought and often painful journey to motherhood. In this achingly honest memoir, Connell recounts the tragedy and heartbreak of losing pregnancies; the process of opening her heart and mind to the idea of her 61-year-old mother carrying her child for her; and the profound bond that blossomed between mother and daughter as a result of their unique experience together.

Moving, inspiring, and ultimately triumphant, Bringing in Finn is an extraordinary tale of despair, hope, forgiveness, and redemption—and the discovery that when it comes to 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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Da Capo Press
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5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Sara Connell is an author, speaker, and life coach who specializes in women's health and empowerment.

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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.