Note to self: Gabrielle Union is the most inspiring woman ever. During a recent interview, the longtime actress revealed a number of personal insights about herself, including the exact reason why she chose a surrogate to carry her first child.

As much as the Breaking In star, 46, wanted “to cook” her own baby, she suffered over seven miscarriages, as well as three failed attempts at IVF treatment. With that, she and her husband, Dwyane Wade, decided that a surrogate was the most viable option.

“The idea of it felt like surrendering to failure,” Gabrielle admitted to Woman’s Health. However, she eventually grew to accept her decision. So much so, that when the time came for her to choose her surrogate, she only had one thing on her mind. “Some people care about the race, religion or food habits of their surrogate. I was like, ‘I want a reader,’” she recalled.

The Bring It On alum then went on to detail the exact moment she knew her surrogate was The One. “She said, ‘I love the smell of the pages,’” and that was that! Fast forward nine months later … and voila! Gabrielle and the NBA star, 37, welcomed their baby girl, Kaavia James Union Wade, into the world on November 8, 2018.

“I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is my baby,’” the L.A.’s Finest star recalled of the day her daughter was born. “I wanted to fight everybody in that room for various reasons and no reason.” Based on the A-lister’s social media, Gabrielle and her husband of five years are beyond in love with Kaavia.

In fact, the lovebirds are constantly giving fans updates about her growth. Here’s hoping that Gabrielle continues to share her story with women everywhere! She’s an inspiration to all those who feel less than for being unable to carry a baby.