Friday, June 13, 2003

Surrogate delivers twins for Joan Lunden

Finneytown woman gave birth at Good Sam

Television personality Joan Lunden and her husband, Jeff Konigsberg, welcomed twins - a boy and a girl - born Tuesday to a surrogate mother, Deborah Bolig of Finneytown.

Born at Good Samaritan Hospital, Kate Elizabeth and Max Aaron weighed in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces and 6 pounds, 11 ounces, respectively.

The former Good Morning America host, who now hosts A&E's Behind Closed Doors, and her husband met Bonig through the Center for Surrogate Parenting in Los Angeles last fall after trying unsuccessfully to conceive through in-vitro fertilization. They visited Cincinnati for doctor's appointments and kept in close contact with Bonig throughout the pregnancy.

"They kept us informed of every detail of the pregnancy," Lunden said, "and while our surrogate is not biologically connected to our babies, she could not have been more attentive to their care and well-being.

"I really don't know how we could ever thank her and her family enough. We truly hope that they will always remain a part of our lives."

Lunden has three daughters, Jammie, 22, Lindsay, 20, and Sarah, 15, from a previous marriage. The twins are Konigsberg's first children.

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