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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

This Woman Is Pregnant With Her Eleventh Surrogate Baby

Karla Kirby had her first two children when she was a young teenager, and even though they were unplanned, she instantly loved motherhood.

"It had been so easy for me to get pregnant and give birth, but what about the women who weren't so lucky?" she said to The Mirror. "The desperation those couples must feel was unimaginable. I had to help them."

It didn't take long for her to contact Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy (COTS), and get set up with a couple. In order to detach herself from the baby she would be carrying, Karla said that from the start, she defined herself as carrier, not the mother.

She got pregnant with her first surrogate baby in 2001 for Carol and Michael, a couple who badly wanted children, but Carol was infertile. When the time came to hand the baby over to his parents-to-be, Karla was happy to. "When I gave birth to a baby boy, Ethan, seeing the emotion on Carol's face confirmed I'd done the right thing. I held him first, as Carol and Michael didn't make it to the hospital in time for the birth, but handing him over wasn't heartbreaking, just rewarding. He was never mine to start with."

A year and a half later she was pregnant for another couple, and ended up having two daughters for them, just one year apart. And there was no stopping Karla: She gave birth in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, and lastly, in 2014. Believe it or not, each birth was natural. Although, she says she might be giving birth to her current baby through C-section because it has a low-lying placenta.

Karla has kept in contact with some of the children, two of them even took part in her wedding to her partner, Taz. Her sons completely accept the role she takes on for other families and haven't asked to meet their half siblings.

At 38 years old, 29 weeks pregnant with her 11th surrogate child, with two sons of her own and being the stepmother to Taz's daughter, she's thinking her surrogacy retirement may be around the corner. "But the truth is, I'm just not ready to stop. What I do helps to make people's dreams come true. You just can't put a price on that."


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