San Diego mother acting as surrogate for another family dies while giving birth

Posted at 9:28 AM, Jan 20, 2020

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The San Diego community is coming together for the family of a mother of two who died this week while acting as a surrogate for another family.

Michelle Reaves was helping a family have children of their own, according to a GoFundMe set up to help her family. It was her second surrogacy for the same family when complications arose and she died while giving birth, the campaign explained.

The baby Reaves was carrying survived.

Reaves leaves behind two children, Gage and Monroe, and her husband, Chris.

The organizer of the GoFundMe campaign is hoping the community will "be there for Michelle’s family like they would for us."

"I can’t even begin to imagine what her husband Chris and her two babies are going through so I want to start this page to help raise money for help with the kids, for Chris as they all adjust, funeral services, or anything at all to make it as easy as we can on them," wrote organizer Jaime Herwehe. "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.

"You hear about these things happening all of the time but never in your life imagine it will happen to you."

This story was originally published by Mark Saunders at KGTV.