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On Monday, Giuliana and Bill Rancic announced that after a rough few years plagued by infertility issues, a miscarriage, failed IVF treatments and a battle with breast cancer, they are set to become first-time parents via gestational character. That happy news hardly needs a silver lining, and yet there is one: Giuliana and Bill have totally bonded with the woman who's carrying their child!
"She is giving us the greatest gift we're ever getting in our lives," Giuliana, 37, tells People of the woman, whose identity has yet to be divulged. "She's so selflessly helping make our dream a reality. We adore her."
They adore her so much that Bill, 40, says he'd love for the surrogate to remain part of their lives once the baby is born. "That will be up to her," he says, "but we are very grateful for what she's done for us and we intend to maintain a relationship with her."
E! News host Giuliana and her Celebrity Apprentice-winning husband Bill weren't convinced that would be the case when they first started looking into surrogacy as an option -- but they say their apprehension went out the window the second they met their carrier.
"Once we met her it was an instinct we had," says Giuliana. "We could tell she was a great person."
They're not letting their surrogate go through the pregnancy alone; the couple intends to attend doctor's appointments and be involved in the process every step of the way.
"It's important to us to see the development and growth," Bill explains. "At the end of the day, it's our baby. Genetically it's ours. It's our embryo. We feel very connected."