A US woman has just carried and delivered a baby to a couple who reached out to her on social media
She told the New York Post shortly after giving birth on July 27, that she and her husband, Dan, enjoyed a new adventure.
She said: “My husband and I are always up for an adventure. And this was a rewarding one.”
Samantha was a gestational surrogate for the couple – meaning she carried the couple’s embryo – created with their egg and sperm and was paid in the region of $40,000.
She began treatment with the couple, who she did not name to protect their privacy, and fell pregnant after the first embryo transfer.
Samantha and Dan, 34, documented their journey on the popular social media platform, TikTok garnering views of more than six million on one post in particular on why she decided to become a surrogate mother.
She said: “I did it because I love pregnancy and oddly enough, I love labour. I decided ‘let’s do this for somebody else.
“Every step of the way I kept reminding myself that this is not my baby, that this is for the couple. They get to celebrate those milestones, and we’re celebrating baby’s life for them.”
She explained to her two children what she was doing and the family planned to take a six-month road trip soon to spend time together.
Samantha said: “After the delivery, my kids were able to see the parents with the baby, and they both understand that this is their baby now.
“Kids are resilient and redirection is a great tool. So, we had little gifts for them after they met the baby. And now we are just talking about travelling and adventures we can have.”
Samantha is not sure if she will be a surrogate again, saying: “I am glad I do not have a baby right now because I need time to recover, I need to get some sleep, I need time with my kids and explore life with them.”
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