Woman Carrying Baby as Surrogate for Another Family Dies While Giving Birth

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"There wasn't a day when Michelle wasn't posting photos of her kids or some kind of relatable story."

Photo: Facebook/Michelle Reaves
Michelle Reaves of San Diego was helping another family by acting as a surrogate mother for them. However, she wound up losing her life while giving birth.

According to a GoFundMe page created by a friend, it was the second surrogacy of Michelle for the family. One complication, however, led to the next, and she battled for her life.

Jaime Herwehe, who set up the fundraising page, wrote: "For those of you who didn't have the pleasure of knowing Michelle, she will always be known for the love she had for her family."

"Michelle has the best, most sarcastic, funny personality and always had you laughing," Jaime added.

While Michelle passed on, the baby made out safe. She left behind her husband, Chris, and their two kids.

Jaime wrote, "No one deserves to lose their mama so young or the mother of their children." The fundraiser has reached over $79,000 in donations as of May 25, 2020.


On the morning of January 15, 2020, the 36-year-old mother had a hemorrhage while delivering a baby girl. Her situation took a turn for the worse. It wasn't clear which hospital was caring for Michelle when she passed away.

A family friend named Andrea Axelson said that Michelle and her husband, Chris, first met in 2010. The couple had a warm relationship with one another and their two children, son Gage and daughter Monroe.

Andrea described Michelle as "the best mom" who would frequently take to social media to share pictures of her children.

"There wasn't a day when Michelle wasn't posting photos of her kids or some kind of relatable story," she said. "She was just awesome."

Michelle was a housewife but had discussed going back to work. 
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