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Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story

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Sara Casey Connell and her mother hadn't been particularly close for a long time. But when Connell lost a third pregnancy after years of fertility treatments and one late-term stillbirth of twins, her mother offered to be a surrogate for her child—and Connell and her husband accepted. Two years later, Finnean Lee Connell—a healthy baby boy—was born.

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Published August 28th 2012 by Tantor Media
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I loved this book!! I couldn't put it down. I read it in a week, and I never read books that quickly.

One aspect of the book that really stands out is the author's sensory descriptions of Chicago's weather extremes. I could almost feel the gusts of cold winter winds hitting me as she described them. The oppressive heat of Chicago summers also hit home.

Of course the book is much deeper than just its setting. The author really opens her heart in describing the joys and pains she experienced throu
Incredibly moving tale of a 61-year old mother who offers to carry the child of her daughter and son-in-law, who've had great difficulty carrying a pregnancy to term. I sympathized very much with Sara Connell: my own relationship with my mom was fairly distant, and it did improve vastly after the birth of my first child. Ms Connell charts the trials and emotional upheavals of finally bringing Finn, her child, into their lives with an honesty that is compelling and raw.

And yet, and yet. While I f
Elizabeth Moeller
I was totally prepared to hate this book. The tabloidy premise, which is a non-fiction account about a woman who has difficulty carrying a pregnancy to term and uses her mother as a surrogate, could have gone horribly wrong in a lot of different ways. However, what I discovered was a very thoughtful account of the desire to mother that led the author to this very unusual decision.

The author is a life coach and speaker by trade which is probably why the book is so grounded in terms of her abilit
Susan Bazzett-griffith
Sara Connell's journey to become a mother was fraught with difficulty and heartbreak and eventually healed by her own mother's selflessness and offer to be a surrogate for her daughter. That was the best part of this book-- the epilogue with the interview with her mother. That said, there is nothing particularly wrong with this memoir other than the fact that although, I too, have suffered infertility and losses, I was not able to identify with this author, who is very into "signs" and holistic ...more
Stephanie (StephTheBookworm)
Bringing in Finn is one woman’s true account of her struggle to get pregnant and have a baby. After countless heartaches, lost pregnancies, and IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatments, Sara and her husband, Bill, knew they still wanted to have a child, despite having no success as of yet. Eventually, her 61 year old mother became a surrogate and carried their son, Finn, to full term for them.

This was a fascinating story. Not only was it incredible that Sara’s mother became a surrogate for her ow
Nancy Brady
This is a very interesting story of a mother being the gestational host of her daughter and son-in-law's child (Finn). Following Sara and Bill's issues with infertility and all the trauma that they went through before her mother decides to become the surrogate for their IVF baby makes for compelling reading. Not only is this particular part of the story compelling in that sense, but it also shows what brought them to this. For anyone contemplating in-vitro fertilization or other infertility issu ...more
Kathleen Pooler
The idea that one’s own mother would offer to be a surrogate for the child you can’t have seems insurmountable, especially since the mother is in her 60s. Add to that the conflicted relationship with this mother. Sara Connell tells her remarkable, true story of surrogacy in a believable and heartfelt way. It goes beyond surrogacy though as it addresses how a conflicted mother-daughter relationship transforms into a strong, loving bond as they prepare for the birth of this long-awaited child. It ...more
Bringing in Finn is not just a story about a couple who desperately want a child. Nor is it a story intended to only detail their struggles, disappointments and attempts to conceive. It is about so much more than that.

Sara Connell brings to the page a story of extraordinary love that encompasses and bridges a conflicted relationship between a mother and her daughter.

Connell's desire for a child is reinforced by her husband's mutual wish to grow their family. What seem like insurmountable odds wo
Bllu Catalano
A touching read to share with family, especially mothers and daughters, Bringing in Finn, delves from an unusual angle into family connection. For most of the story we follow Sara and Bill as they navigate the road to having children. They begin like most married couples, full of hope and simple dreams. Starting a family seems like a wonderful, essential step in their evolution. Yet, harbingers lie in the background, ignored or unknown. Sara comes to the table with ghosts that sneak out; now tha ...more
Crystal Otto
Book Review: Bringing in Finn: An Extraordinary Surrogacy Story
by Sara Connell

Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

Bringing in Finn is truly an amazing story that many women and couples can relate to. Around half of all fertilized eggs die and are lost spontaneously, before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Once a woman knows she is pregnant, the miscarriage rate is more like 15-20%. These statistics seem staggering, but yet very comforting. As a woman who has experienced several miscarriages, I
Lisa Eirene
I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked it, but there were things I didn't like about it. My comments are of a personal nature, so I'm sure I'm bound to offend SOMEONE.

1) I am a very much pro-adoption. I kind of feel like if you can't have children naturally, adopt. There are so many kids that need homes and need out of foster care.

2) On the flipside, I am pro-science and I liked the amazing progressive science this book addressed.

See? Mixed feelings.

The book had a lot of emotional parts
I learned about this remarkable story on Oprah at least two years ago and was so touched by it I bought the book immediately. I don't know what took me so long to read it, but I just started it this afternoon and I'm already 235 pages in!
Victoria Brinius
This is a must have tissues read. I highly recommend it for all mothers and daughters. A mother's love is like no other love and Sara's mom gives her the gift of her womb. She also took with it all complications of a pregnancy. I can relate to some of the information in this book, and I was drawn to this family. I felt an instant connection. I also want to thank Sara for telling her story. In the beginning of the book she describes some medical terms andsituations. This is a great asset and ever ...more
Literary Mama
In Bringing in Finn by Sara Connell, ties among parents, surrogate, and baby remain close, eternal. They are, after all, family: Connell's mother is her gestational surrogate. Like Cindy Reutzel in this month's news, Kristine Casey gives birth to her own grandchild. Reactions to this scenario most likely range from horror to amazement to aspiration, and indeed Connell experiences a full gambit of feeling. Thankfully for readers, Connell's writing is up to the task; her prose swells with emotion ...more
Jamie Thorn
I recall seeing this story in the news and I thought it was fascinating, so I was delighted when I found out this book was written. I was sure that the story would be interesting but feared the cumbersome autobiographical account of what was sure to be an amateur writer; I was pleasantly surprised. Although I felt that the story dragged on in some places and wasn't so thrilled about all of the new age ramblings this was a solidly written book. I was leaning to 4 stars but found Sara's prose so r ...more
This courageous 61-year-old mother gives her daughter an incredible gift.
Denisa Howe
A Nice read. The beginning is of a daughter at slight odds with her mom. The struggle to have a child the daughter and mother re-connect in ways most couldn't even dream of. The photos really put faces to the characters and the people of the story bringing a sincere feeling for her struggles and then the uplifting joy. A lot of medical information is also included so the reader truly understands all.
I do appreciate receiving this free book from goodreads and the opportunity to read it.
So touching. I dread to think how much mental, emotional and physical pain it would be to experience something so primal being taken away from you. It is my worst fear that I possibly may one day have to face similar pain. I for one could not bear the heartache.
They say God only gives you as much as he believes you are strong enough to handle. I hope it never comes to the places this family has endured.
Much love goes out to the author and here amazing family. xxx
The author is obviously not a Christian woman, so all the references to the Divine Mother and other New Age ideas are off-putting. Aside from that, I appreciated her honesty with regard to her feelings and learned more about IVF than I ever wanted to know. No mention was made about the unused fertilized eggs. That apparently was not a concern to her. Most satisfying was the teamwork in which she, her husband and her mother engaged.
Such an incredible true story! I saw the author, Sara Connell on a talk show, and downloaded the book right away! The story is about a couple struggling with fertility and then the author's 61-year old mother offers to be their surrogate. Extremely inspirational and amazing...not only due to the fact that this is medically possible but also that the author's mother was so selfless in offering to do this for her daughter.
Very interesting and moving account of the trials Sara faces trying to have a baby. It was full of IVF details and raw emotions. I, personally, do not get into the 'Great Mother' and meditation/vision aspect of her journey, but appreciate it as her version of (what I believe to be) God's hand and influence in her life. What a heart wrenching and amazing story. I enjoyed it.
JoAnn Althaus
This is such an amazing story! I may be somewhat biased as I know Sara and Finn, however the book was so well written and the story is so beautiful, I would think anyone would enjoy it just as much. I would definitely recommend to anyone, it was just wonderful! Much love for Sara, Finn and the whole village it took to bring Finn into this world :)
Stephanie Lancaster
I started and finished this book in one day. I lived the science, the spirituality, and the emotional journey detailed by the first-person writer. More than just a surrogacy story, this book seems like it could inspire a reader to find his true calling and to follow his heart, whatever the details of his personal tale.
This is a wonderful on a Grandmother who decides to help out her daughter and her son-in-law. After years of inferility and thousands of dollars spent by them, the Grandmother decides with her own husband's agreement to carry her "grandson". It is such an insight to surrogacy in the closest situation.
It has been a long time since Shel and I went through the process of trying to have a baby. I think it will always be hard to read about other peoples experience with infertility. Having said that,I thought this was a cool story and the fact that Finn's grandmother carried him is AMAZING.
Jean Brazil
An interesting story of a woman whose mother serves as her surogate. Detailed description of all the infertility treatments and final decision to use a surogate. Unfortunately, lots of a little bizarre new age philosophy thrown in.
Wow- I read this in a total of two days. I really couldn't put it down. What an incredible true story. There were some things I didn't agree with in it but overall it was very touching and made me bawl like a baby!
Laurie Jean
Captivating, but remind yourself to breath as Sara recounts her painful rewarding journey to knowing 'self' and Motherhood. Her closing statements will remain in my thoughts ... ,We are chosen not broken'
This was a really touching story and one that I think almost all women can relate to on some level. We read this for book club and the discussion was probably what made this a 4 star book for me.
Caitlyn M
When I read this book, I was taken aback completely. Not only did the story fill my heart, but the style of delivery was smooth and even paced. By far one of my favorite stories; a real treat!
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