I agreed to be a surrogate mum after seeing a stranger’s Facebook post – the birth was traumatic but I'm glad I did it | The Sun
A WOMAN agreed to be a surrogate mum after she saw a stranger’s post of Facebook.
Chloe Thomas, 31, agreed to carry a baby for Laura Curtis, 29, after she learned that Laura had been born without a womb and so could never carry her own child.
Laura, along with her fiancé Lewis Batterham, 31, posted a message on Facebook, hoping to find “a new friend and beautiful human to help us”.
Chloe, already a mum-of-two, was considering being a surrogate and was glad to be able to offer her services.
Now, Laura and Lewis are proud parents of a four-month-old baby girl Wren after she was delivered by emergency C-section on May 15, weighing 8lb 4oz.
Laura sees Chloe as one of the family.
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She told the Mirror: “Meeting Wren was the best moment of my life as I just never thought it would happen.
“I’ll never forget her little cry and her little red face.
“It was bittersweet because Chloe was ill, but I leaned over and told her that Wren was beautiful.
“I never thought being a mum would be possible. Chloe is my Superwoman.”
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Laura had been diagnosed with the congenital condition Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH) when she was just 16.
She said she was “crushed” by the thought of not being a mum, a feeling that only grew after she met Lewis.
Laura, a nurse, said that it was “such a hard thing” to have to deal with at such a young age, adding it was difficult to go to friends’ baby showers.
She said: “Friends would always say to me, ‘It must be great not to have periods’. But I’d take them any day if it meant I could carry a baby.”
Then in July 2016 she fell in love with Lewis, who works as a porter at Grange University Hospital, Cwmbran, South Wales – the hospital where Wren would be born,
Both wanted kids, with Laura saying Lewis was great about the situation and that they’d deal with it together.
The pair then got engaged in December 2018 and their thoughts turned to consider finding a surrogate.
Laura discovered that her ovaries were functioning so there was a chance she could have a baby that was biologically hers because her eggs could be extracted.
SEARCH FOR A SURROGATE
The couple started looking on Facebook groups for information on finding surrogates and got referred to an IVF clinic where they were put on a waiting list.
Then in late 2020, Lewis suggested Laura put a post on Facebook about their situation.
Her post in November that year said: “I was born with no womb so cannot carry a baby myself. We’re on the search for the perfect oven, new friend and beautiful human to help us along our way to have the most precious gift ever. This is not an advert it’s just a learning curve and to make people think before they say in conversation or question about having children.”
The post ended up getting 660 “likes” along with a load of caring comments.
She also got a message from someone called Chloe who lived nearby, after a mutual friend forwarded on the post to her, knowing she wanted to be a surrogate.
In the message Chloe said she had donated eggs previously but had no idea how to become a surrogate but was interested in helping the couple.
They met up for a coffee and hit it off straight away.
Medics implanted embryos – with Laura’s eggs fertilised by Lewis’s sperm – into Chloe in September 2021.
The trio found out she was pregnant just two weeks later, which Laura said was one of the best days of her life.
Laura said: “We couldn’t believe it when it was positive – it didn’t feel real. I’d never even done a pregnancy test before.
“I screeched and Lewis and I just hugged and cried.
“It’s all we’d ever wanted and we just didn’t think it would work first time.”
Laura’s treatment was covered on the NHS and Chloe wasn’t paid to be their surrogate, which would have been illegal in the UK.
The couple though did cover any expenses.
When Chloe and Laura went for the 16 week scan they discovered they were expecting a girl.
While lives in Pontypool, Chloe is just 10 miles away in Cwmbran.
In the early hours of May 14, Chloe started having contractions and Laura drove her to the hospital.
PROBLEMS WITH BIRTH
Problems arose though when both Wren and Chloe’s heart rates rose and doctors decided to perform an emergency C-section.
Laura said: “Chloe reassured me that she wanted me in there with her and I held her hand as Wren was born.
“It was a magical moment and it felt like it was just the three of us in the room. I just kept saying, ‘Is she mine?’
“But when the nurse passed Wren to me to hold, something started going wrong with Chloe and she was losing lots of blood. It was really frightening.”
Chloe lost 30 per cent of her blood due to a haemorrhage.
Wren, too, had to remain in hospital for eight days after she developed an infection.
Laura said: “I blamed myself that Chloe was unwell, as she carried my baby – and she felt guilty that Wren had an infection. Fortunately they are both OK now.”
The two women still meet up once a week, along with Lewis and text each other every day and Laura considers Chloe her best friend
Laura said: “We call her ‘Auntie Chloe’ and we meet up all the time.
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“She’ll always be a part of Wren’s life. It’s so lush to see Chloe with Wren.
“Wren is my everything and she’s the perfect mixture of Lewis and I.”
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