I’m addicted to pregnancy

One SURROGATE mother who claims she’s ‘addicted’ to pregnancy has described the joy of helping childless couples have their own children as she plans to have her 10th baby.

Laura McCarthy, 33, has four children of her own and has given birth to five more for couples unable to have children of their own.

Laura McCarthy has given birth nine times and admits she finds pregnancy'addictive'


Laura McCarthy has given birth nine times and admits she finds pregnancy ‘addictive’Credit: MEN Media
The mother has four children of her own and has acted on behalf of the other five


The mother has four children of her own and has acted on behalf of the other fiveCredit: MEN Media

Her first surrogacy was a girl, 11 years ago and eight months ago she gave birth to surrogacy twins, a boy and a girl, to another family.

Each of those surrogacy was the result of IVF (In vitro fertilization), where the parents’ eggs and sperm would be used to create an embryo that was then placed in Laura’s uterus.

Meaning, genetically, none of the children were hers, she said.

Single mom from Bradley, Huddersfield, said: “I love being a mom, it’s the best job in the world and I love being able to help someone make their dream of becoming a parent come true.”

She also said she wanted to “put an end to misconceptions about surrogacy.”

Laura recently lost more than 5 pounds with Slimming World so she can continue to give birth to more surrogate children for those who are desperate to have their own.

“Having given birth to nine children, and certainly wanting more, I cannot risk a tenth while being overweight because of the risk factors involved.”

Now weighs 11 years old Laura has always wanted to be a mother when she grows up and often feels

people who aspire to have children but are unable to become parents naturally.

She decided to become a surrogate mother after watching a TV show and after having her first two children.

“It’s unconditional love that I feel, I thought I was lucky to have that and I thought if I can help others, then why not?”

“I want others to be able to give that unconditional love to their own children.”

She researched each family in advance and kept in touch afterward.

When the children are old enough to understand, they will be given more information about how they were born.

“Once they’re old enough, they’ll know who I am and they’ve grown in my belly.”

She hopes to soon give birth to a surrogate for a single man with a donor egg, although says she is not yet pregnant.

She’s happy to talk about her own experiences in bringing surrogacy in a positive direction, and points out some misconceptions.

She believes there is a misunderstanding that surrogate mothers become too attached to their newborns.

“People think I’m going to stick with the baby. Of course, I want to keep that baby safe, but you don’t have the same feelings (you have) for your baby when you’re pregnant with her. others.”

She says some people mistakenly believe that surrogate mothers “get a lot of money”.

“In the UK, surrogacy is selfless. Expenses are covered, such as travel and maternity clothing.”

UK law states that you cannot pay an agent other than their reasonable expenses.

Some people asked her ‘funny questions’.

“They asked ‘do you know who you do that for? Yes, I wouldn’t give birth to a stranger’s child.’

Laura says what she does is not a service and she is not allowed to advertise, although she is allowed to ‘raise awareness’.

“Today, there’s a really supportive surrogacy community and there are groups on Facebook. The words used are ‘intended parents’. It’s a community to support each other.”

Laura said handing over the newborn to the parents was an incredible feeling.

“Once you see the baby in their arms, you can see that unconditional love immediately. It’s worth it. That feeling can be a bit addictive.”

Laura, a former nursery nurse, had nine children at Royal Calderdale Hospital including hers, April, 13, Rowan, 11, Ada, six, and Eira, two.

Now that she has given birth to nine children, some are starting to ask about the ‘double measurements’, she admits.

“I asked that. It’s a reasonable question.”

“I want to continue to help people have their families,” she said.

“If my body gets to the point where it has to cope with pregnancy, or if I have health problems or the delivery is not going well, that is where a line needs to be drawn for my children. need a mother.

“I never rule out anything, I play everything by ear. I’ve always coped well with pregnancy and have had easy deliveries.”

And she says her parents and children have been supportive.

“It’s normal for my family, they would be shocked if I didn’t have more … my mother is my biggest support in terms of surrogacy. She supports me doing what I do.”

However, her grandparents were shocked at first.

She adds: “12 years ago, when I first started doing it, they had a lot of misconceptions. They were a bit shocked and thought I shouldn’t have done it. They saw a life. great journey with the parents and what they’re like. respect me.”

Laura says she wants to welcome more children


Laura says she wants to welcome more childrenCredit: MEN Media
I’m 55 years old and pregnant with my 72 year old husband but I don’t know how to tell him because I’m afraid people will judge me. I’m addicted to pregnancy


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