by Sam everingham
Posted on 2018-01-11 at 00:37:31
Tracy Akoun, an assistant manager in a care home, suffered repeated miscarriages, before having a bad experience with a surrogate con woman, who tricked them out of 400 pounds. Then she and her Nigerian partner Pete decided to find a surrogate via UK social media. They were lucky enough to match with not one but two UK host surrogates – Kate & Tricia – concurrently. With 200+ miles separating all of them, Pete travelled up and down the country, often driving through the night to provide his sperm if Kate and Tricia ovulated close together. Both women fell pregnant – using syringes and a Mooncup to carry the sperm – in Autumn 2015.
“We were absolutely ecstatic” Tracy recalled. “I don’t think Pete took it on board at all. I think he was worried that something might go wrong.” Tracy will share their extra-ordinary journey which led to the birth of two girls just a month apart, including how she found the matching process and their current relationships with their surrogates.
For many couples who have experienced medical complications in pregnancy, including the heartbreak of late miscarriage or still-birth, working with a surrogate to create their family becomes the best way forward. However surrogacy arrangements can be complicated emotionally and logistically. Our information days profile surrogates, egg donors and parents who have gone down this route. […]
Surrogacy can fall into the categories of altruistic or commercial. Altruistic surrogacy means that the surrogate derives no financial benefit from being a surrogate with the exception of having her reasonable expenses of the surrogacy paid. Commercial surrogacy is the opposite, being an arrangement whereby the surrogate obtains a financial benefit beyond her expenses for […]
It has been our great pleasure and privilege to have worked with Irish couples who have pursued their route to parenthood via surrogacy. It is essential that any person who is considering pursuing surrogacy as a route to parenthood must ensure that they are as fully informed about the process as is possible, that they […]