Brittany Daniel has revealed that she and her husband Adam Touni could become parents after their identical twin sister Cynthia donated her own eggs.
The actor and her sister, 45, who are known for their roles on Sweet Valley High, reflected on the factors leading to the couple welcoming their daughter Hope in October 2021 in an interview with Folk.
According to Brittany, she realized she wanted to establish herself and start a family after recovering from stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011.
“I remember thinking I had a new life,” she said. “I was ready to find a partner and have a child.”
However, while talking to a fertility specialist after her recovery, she was told that the six months of chemotherapy needed to fight the cancer reduced her ear reserve and made the possibility of becoming pregnant unlikely.
According to the White Chicks star, it was at this point that she broached the possibility of an egg donation with her twin sister, with Brittany telling the outlet that Cynthia “did not hesitate”.
“Words cannot express how grateful I am for her,” she said of her sister’s donation.
Regarding the choice to donate her eggs to her sister, Cynthia said: “I saw it as such a simple gift that I could give her. I know Brittany would do it for me in a split second. And we’ve always shared everything, so why not? ”
Cynthia shares three children, Ryland, 17, Colt, 13, and Steely, eight, with her husband Cole Hauser.
After meeting Brittany Touni, whom she eventually married in 2017, the couple attempted three rounds of in vitro fertilization with her sister’s eggs. But when each round failed, Brittany said she reached a point where she had to admit that she might not become a mother, despite her desire to have a child.
“I thought I might have to turn my head around to not be a mom in this life,” she reminds her. “I fought so hard to get there, and I was so scared it would not happen.”
However, instead of giving up their dreams of becoming parents, the couple decided to explore the options for surrogacy with Cynthia’s eggs.
Brittany and Touni finally welcomed their daughter in October, with the actor counting Folk that they were both in the room when she was born, and that she “let out this cry” when she first met the newborn.
“The whole room was noisy because they just all knew what we were going through,” she said.
After taking several Covid precautions and testing them negatively, Cynthia did not meet her for the first time in December, with the 45-year-old photographer revealing that, although she did not know how she would feel at first, at that moment she was ” just felt like the aunt ”.
“I was not sure how I would feel at first, what emotions would come,” she said. “But I just felt like the aunt. And that’s really special.”
Regarding how she has felt since she became a mother, Brittany said it was a “beautiful” experience, adding: “It’s better than I ever thought it could be. My sister has made my dreams come true.”
The actor and her husband first announced the news of their daughter’s birth on Instagram on October 27, with Brittany sharing a series of photos of the couple who rocked her newborn.
In the title, she reflected on the “long road” it took to get there, before expressing her gratitude to her husband for “an incredibly supportive partner and now father” and to the couple’s surrogate.
“Must love our baby girl Hope Rose Touni. Our hearts are bursting with joy. It has been a long road to get here, but we always remained hopeful that we would one day become parents,” she wrote. “Thank you @ adam.touni for being an unbelievable supportive partner and now father. Thanks to our surrogate who carried our baby so beautifully. Hopefully, we love witnessing who you are, just the way you are. We love you!”