Jill Noe, 34, is serving as surrogate for her twin sister, Whitney Bliesner, 34. Both women live in Portland Oregon.
In 2016, Bliesner married her husband Peter. The couple wanted to start a family, but Bliesner’s condition made it risky for her to carry children, she told “GMA” in April.
“I have a 50/50 chance of passing my disorder onto my child,” Bliesner explained, adding that pregnancy hormones might increase tumor growth.
Rhett Bleisner arrived at 8:06 a.m. on June 7 weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. His sister, Rhenley, was born at 8:08 a.m. weighing in at 4 pounds, 13 ounces.
“I didn’t want to risk getting any worse for my kids, I want to be able to take care of them,” she said.
Bliesner went through her options and ultimately decided on surrogacy. She had a friend offer to carry her child, but that plan ended up falling through.
Whitney and Peter Bliesner of Oregon, hold their children, Rhett and Rhenley afer Bliesner’s sister carried the children for the couple.
That’s when her twin decided to step in and give her sister a selfless gift.
“She was losing hope and I said, ‘I’ll do it.'” Noe told “GMA.”
Donor eggs were used as Noe underwent in vitro fertilization. Noe became pregnant with twins during the second attempt.
“It’s my best friend, someone I’ve come into this world with so it was really a no-brainer that I’d offer to be her surrogate,” Noe said of Bleisner.
The Bliesners are now home with the kids and enjoying parenthood.
“It’s so different and exciting,” Bleisner said, adding that she’s going to start baby books for her twins. “I can’t wait for them to say ‘Mom, [to] hear it for the first time.”
Whitney Bliesner of Oregon, has skin-to-skin contact with her twins, Rhett and Rhenley on June 7, 2019.
“I’m interested to see if they’ll have a connection with my sister,” she added.
Noe told “GMA” Tuesday that it was a beautiful moment seeing her sister hold her babies for the first time.
Jill Noe gave birth at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center just outside of Portland, Oregon, to Rhett, a boy, arrived at 8:06 a.m. on June 7 weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. His sister, Rhenley, was born at 8:08 a.m. weighing in at 4 pounds, 13 ounces.
“I truly had no words and was just so happy and relieved everyone was healthy,” Noe said. “Pete and Whit are naturals when it comes to parents. Those kids are going to be so loved and it is beyond rewarding that I could help them become parents.”
Whitney Bliesner is now a new mom to twins thanks to her own twin, Jill Noe, who carried the children for Bliesner due to a rare health condition that prevented her from doing so herself.