At 41, Melanie Thernstrom wanted children, but every IVF cycle failed. She turned to surrogacy, but she wanted two kids, and worried about the risks of twins. So she found two women, already mothers, to carry a third woman's eggs.
The babies were eventually born five days apart. Thernstrom chronicles her experience in The New York Times magazine, and unlike the magazine's previous forays into the topic, this tale doesn't reek of unexamined privilege and entitlement.