The Silent Sacrifice: A Surrogate Mother’s Untold Story of Love

The Silent Sacrifice: A Surrogate Mother’s Untold Story of Love

In the heart of a busy city, amid the chaos and noise of city life, there was a story untold. The essence of sacrifice and love portrayed in this story remained hidden beneath several layers of society-made rules and expectations. This tale narrates the saga of Maya, a woman, and her journey into the world of surrogacy. Her story was weaved with the threads of sacrifice, pain, and the silent longing for a special connection that might never recognize her.

Maya was not born into privilege. Born in a modest household, she had always known the struggles of making ends meet. Yet, despite the hardships, that life threw her way, Maya possessed a heart brimming with compassion and empathy. Maya was married to Pavan, a government school teacher, and ten years were already over. The salary of Pavan was not enough to meet the ends of family expenses, so he needed to do some private tuitions at home. In this period of 10 years, Pavan and Maya were blessed with two lovely kids, Sanchita and Saraswat. After the kids, the family expenses took a new height, making it almost impossible for Pavan to meet all expenses anymore. 

There came a moment when one day while returning home from school, Pavan faced an accident, and it was a horrifying one. The left side of the body was paralyzed, leaving no earning member to run the family. Thankfully, medical bills were cleared by the group insurance company of the school, but due to long leaves on medical grounds, Pavan needed to go under leave without pay protocol. Maya’s life was a complete mess, and she had no clue how to run the family. Pavan, can’t get back to duty very early as recovery will take time. His only source of earning remained the tuition classes at home. One day, as Pavan and Maya were having their evening tea, with their children studying in the adjacent room, a knock at the door interrupted their silence. Maya moved towards the door to open it.

Opening the door, she saw her cousin Raghav and his wife Sugandha standing with some gifts and fruit packets in hand. With a faint smile on her face, Maya welcomed them inside the house and took them to Pavan’s room. Pavan was sitting with support on the bed with the cup in the right hand, while the left hand senselessly lying on the other side. Seeing them, Pavan understood the reason behind their visit. Keeping him calm, he requested them to sit.

Two years back, Maya found herself in a unique position when her cousin’s brother and Bhabhi (Sister-in-law) came to her and shared their incapability as a couple to conceive on their own. They approached her with a heartfelt plea for help and requested to become the surrogate mother to make them parents. Pavan was deadly against this proposal, which was quite natural for any husband in an Indian social setup to accept. The couple was also helpless as now, as per Indian regulations, only a close relative can act as a surrogate for a couple seeking assistance in conceiving a child. Respecting her husband’s decision, Maya also said no to the proposal, but somewhere, it pained her. As a mother of two kids, she knows how it feels when a willing couple fails to become parents naturally.

For Maya, the reasons, behind her decision to become a surrogate were deeply personal. She had witnessed the pain of infertility, of Raghav and Sugandha desiring a child of their own. And so, when the chance to help this couple came, Maya didn’t hesitate to come forward. The mother in Maya was ready to offer herself a medium that could help her cousin and Sugandha in becoming parents.

It was this innate compassion that led Maya down the path of surrogacy. The decision wasn’t an easy one on this day – it came after years of contemplation, soul-searching, and countless sleepless nights since the first time when Raghav asked her for surrogacy. Earlier, she refused as Pavan was not ready, but now when Pavan gave his approval, she was determined to help the prospective parents. Maya knew that she would be the one to offer something precious to his cousin – the gift of being a parent, the chance for a couple to explore and feel the joy of parenthood.

However, the journey of surrogacy was not at all an easy affair for Maya. It was a rollercoaster of emotions – from the excitement of conceiving the child to the pregnancy’s emotional outcomes. Maya experienced physical discomfort, morning sickness, and fatigue, just like her earlier two pregnancies. But Maya remained determined and composed although an emotional storm was going on within her.

Nine months passed and Maya could see her belly grow round with a life within her. Maya found herself mentally occupied with conflicting emotions. She was happy realizing the fact that she was helping another couple to achieve their dreams. But Maya can’t even refuse the sense of detachment disturbing her mentally. It gave her the feeling of being an outsider for the little one, growing in her own body.

And then, the day finally arrived – the day when Maya was all set to give birth to a child that was not her own. In the delivery room, amid the voices of her doctor and nurses at the backdrop, Maya could sense peace for her. She had done her part and kept her promise. But now as decided the time arrived to let go of the baby to the biological parents.

But this pain of separation was severe, it can’t easily be ignored. As Maya held the newborn in her arms for the first and last time, she felt a lump form in her throat. It was like a knot of pain threatening the heart of a mother. She knew that she would never going to forget this moment. How can she ever forget her child whom she brought into the world? She planned this baby not for her but for another mother who needs this baby more than her, and Maya can’t ignore this.

In the days and weeks that followed, Maya found herself in a depressing state because of this surrogacy – the constant sense of emptiness, the unanswered questions, the longing for holding the baby. And yet, among all the pain, there was also a sign of hope – the hope that one day, the child she gave birth will know the truth, and understand the sacrifice she made for him and the biological parent.

But for now, Maya remained a silent figure in the background, a footnote in the story of a family’s journey to parenthood.  She watched from afar as the child grew and thrived, knowing that she had played a part in their story, however small. For the future of the child Raghav and Sugandha requested Maya and Pavan to keep this truth untold, at least till the newborn boy turns 18. They will reveal it at the right time, and Maya’s sacrifice and support will never go unnoticed. 

The couple kept the promise that they made to Pavan and Maya. Pavan is still recovering, but Raghav helped him start his coaching center at home, which is flourishing, and the financial stability is back in the family. The children are growing and going to good schools, and without fail, Raghav ensures there remain no hindrances in their education.

And so, the untold story of Maya, the surrogate mother, remained hidden from the world – a silent sacrifice, a testament to the enduring power of love, compassion, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and her child, no matter how fleeting their time together may be.

This story is a part of #Storytellersbloghop season 4, hosted by AuraOfThoughts and MywordsMyWisdom

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with Mads’ Cookhouse.