Charmaine Staal

by Sam everingham

Posted on 2017-04-23 at 06:11:36

Charmaine is 38 years old and moved to Brisbane from NZ 14 years ago. She has four children of her own and one son who’s no longer with us. Charmaine has wanted to be a surrogate from the age of 15 and when she lost her son it made the urge to help others even stronger.  She has been on this adventure for nine years now and in that time experienced ten transfers and four miscarriages. Charmaine has carried successfully for two Australian couples.


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