Review: Saving Delaney by Keston Ott-Dahl

Saving Delaney by Keston Ott-Dahl
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Cleis Press
Pages: 320
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



Saving Delaney is the heartwarming true story of a special needs baby and the unconventional family who fought for her right to life. Andrea Ott-Dahl, who with her wife Keston Ott-Dahl has two other children, agreed to act as a pregnancy surrogate for a wealthy Silicon Valley couple. When pre-natal testing revealed the baby would be born with Down Syndrome, Andrea was urged to abort the child. Instead, the Ott-Dahls chose to adopt and raise the daughter they would call Delaney, navigating legal, medical and emotional challenges. Despite heart surgery and an array of other challenges, Delaney at age 3 is alive, thriving, and an inspiration to every loving parent on the planet.


Review: I found this to be a truly inspirational story. I sat down to read this heartwarming story only to find that I was so captivated that I stayed up until I finished it.

As I read this amazing story that took us on a journey from surrogacy to birth… I found myself shedding tears of happiness as I fell in love with this beautiful little girl named Delaney and her parents Keston and Andrea. I know that at first Delaney was meant to belong to a couple who desperately wanted a child of their own, but I feel that Delaney chose from the start exactly who was meant to be hers. With all odds against her at times she fought for a reason. I found myself giving support to these two amazing woman who took this journey together to fight for Delaney’s right to be born. As I also fell in love with Delaney, the fighter, from the start.

This was such a compassionate story of the ups and downs that we all face as couples, parents, friends and families. To me it isn’t about whether you are straight or gay, whether you have money or not, or any of the other struggles that you face but just being there to love and support your partner unconditionally. I am a firm believer that things happen to us for reason. Those reasons may not be clear when they happen but everything is revealed when it needs to be. For whatever the reasons this happened two beautiful women have been given Delaney who has strengthened their love and bond for one another.

This is a story for all mothers everywhere.  I am sure she brings such joy into their lives. I wish only the best for this beautiful family and hope that Ms. K Ott- Dahl will write more stories to share as Delaney grows. Ms. Ott- Dahl is a very gifted writer letting us into her life through her words and emotions.