Chester Surrogate mother makes dream come true for UK couple
Chester Adult PHAB – a social group for people with and without disabilities are bursting with pride and joy as they share the remarkable news of one of their members.
Busy mum Caz from Chester balances her role as mother to Aimee age 10 with work as a carer for people with learning disabilities and a member of Chester Adult Phab social group. Caz recently helped married couple Liz and Richard make their dreams of having a family of their own come true.
Caz set about researching surrogacy as helping couples who are unable to naturally have a child of their own has been something she has been keen to explore. In 2013 Caz met Liz and Richard through a non profit making surrogacy organisation. Liz and Richard longed for a child of their own but faced barriers of conceiving naturally due to Liz’s medical condition.
After just three months of getting to know the couple, Caz agreed to offer them the amazing gift of life and decided to become a surrogate for the first time.
Caz agreed she would use her own eggs as Liz did not want to risk genetically passing on her disability to their unborn child. Liz has Larsen’s Syndrome – a congenital disorder affecting the joints and connective tissues causing severe physical disability.
Using Richards’s sperm and her own eggs, Caz fell pregnant after just five months of home inseminations. They were all elated with the good news and experienced the journey of pregnancy together; at the thirteen week scan Richard, Liz and Caz were delighted to hear they were having a baby girl.
On 29th September 2014 after nine hours of labour, Caz gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Alice at the Countess of Chester hospital. Caz congratulated new parents Liz and Richard and in return they thanked Caz on becoming a first time surrogate. Richard cut the cord and Alice was handed to Liz. Once recovered, Caz left the hospital leaving Liz and Richard alone to bond with their new baby daughter. Over the next few days Caz visited the hospital daily with her daughter Aimee to provide Alice with her breast milk.
Caz commented her daughter Aimee understood why she wanted to help others to become a family and stated “with the exception of a few concerns Aimee initially had about the pain I would go through during the stages of labour, she loves the idea of having Alice as her surrogate sister”.
Early in their relationship it was agreed Caz and Aimee would always be a part of Alice’s life. Regular photographs are sent to Caz and they communicate through telephone, email and facebook in addition to the visits Caz makes to see Liz, Richard and Alice at their Leicestershire home.
Caz is elated to have helped Liz and Richard achieve their dream of becoming a family and regardless of the genetic connection, Caz thinks of Alice as her friend’s daughter and someone who is very special.
With regard to future plans, Caz is already undergoing a ‘get to know you process’ with another couple she met over two years ago through the surrogacy organisation. Most recently Caz has donated her eggs to another couple longing for a child of their own.
It is without doubt Caz is a truly amazing individual with a huge heart. Surrogacy is such an incredible and extraordinary gift to be able to offer someone longing for a family of their own. Caz is very much of the opinion that whilst she is fit and healthy she will continue to help people’s dream come true and very much believes that if she did not do this it would be “wasting her gift of fertility”.
Caz, Richard and Liz’s incredible story has recently been featured on Sky TV channel TLC in a series called ‘My Extraordinary Pregnancy’.
Chairperson of Chester Adult Phab Club Lynda Hesketh reports to feeling incredibly proud of what Caz has accomplished. Lynda went on to say Chester Adult Phab Club is an amazing organisation transforming many lives since its formation 27 years ago, and she is delighted with the many success stories the club boasts.