Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Surrogate Mum Who Is Set to Give Pictures by IAN COOPER Her Second Gift of Life

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Surrogate Mum Who Is Set to Give Pictures by IAN COOPER Her Second Gift of Life

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Byline: MIKE MORGAN

CARING Teesside trauma hospital worker Jennie James has already given birth to one surrogate baby for a young woman who tragically has lost her womb to cancer.

Next month she's due to start another IVF process to give the North-west couple another treasured child.

And she says that if she's able to healthwise, she might have yet another surrogate baby after that for a different couple.

Jennie, 35, of Shelley Crescent, Teessville, has given the gift of a boy, Baby X - now two years old - to the couple, who wish to remain anonymous.

Her incredible gift, of a child to a couple who otherwise could not have children of their own, has been via the Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy (COTS) organisation.

No fees have been involved, just expenses and Jennie says it has been an "incredible experience" which neither she, nor her supportive husband Shaun have regretted.

In fact, the two couples have become firm friends since the first successful surrogacy in 2008 - and Jennie sees her birth child regularly when they meet, without a pang of regret, only feeling pride and achievement.

Jennie, a health care assistant at Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital's trauma department, explained: "I have two sons of my own - Tom, who's 11 and Daniel, eight.

"I became a member of COTS because I wanted to help childless couples and I had my first surrogate birth in November 2008 at James Cook Hospital.

"The woman involved had had cervical cancer and had lost her womb, but she still had her ovaries. This meant that her eggs could be fertilised with her husband's sperm and then implanted in my body."

The IVF treatment was carried out at Leeds General Infirmary in January 2008 and went incredibly well.

Jennie said: "It worked first time! There were a few minor complications when I came to give birth, but nothing serious.

"I had a spinal headache after having a spinal anaesthetic and had to go back for a blood patch. …

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