For Tara Sawyer, having a baby isn’t the only great thing about being pregnant – she gets broody for a bump!
In the past two years, mum-of-four Tara has handed over three children to two couples, and has no plans to stop having babies for other people.
And despite surrogacy laws stating that she is entitled to £15,000 in expenses, Tara is content purely with the “thrill” and refuses to take any payment.
“Surrogacy is very addictive,” said Tara. “It’s a huge rush from the moment the test comes back positive.”
‘Deprived of a pregnancy’
Tara started craving pregnancy when her twin boys Jack and Noah, now four, were still newborns.
Tara had given birth to the boys at just 29 weeks by caesarean section after they developed Twin to Twin transfusion syndrome, where the placenta is shared unequally by the babies.
“I felt really deprived of the pregnancy. I didn’t want any more children but I was desperately craving the pregnancy,” she said.
Tara, who was adopted as a child, had previously considered surrogacy to give parents like hers the opportunity to have a family.
“Surrogacy seemed like the perfect solution,” said Tara. “I would get my pregnancy and a couple would get their baby.”
The first surrogate baby that she gave birth to two years ago was biologically her daughter, but Tara didn’t feel any maternal love for the infant.
“I don’t feel like I’m giving up a baby, I feel like I’m giving it back,” said Tara.
Surprisingly, Tara’s husband, 37-year-old truck driver Matt, was supportive of her decision to carry strangers’ children.
"He didn't take a lot of convincing,” said Tara. “He was more concerned about whether I'd be able to hand over the baby at the end but he was behind me 100%."
With Matt’s support, Tara logged onto Facebook and started scouring surrogacy pages.
Within a few weeks she had met a gay couple who were desperate for help in having a child.
Tara, who is also mum to Rebecca, 14, and Harrison, 12, donated her own egg to the couple and artificially inseminated herself at her home in Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, using a plastic pipette.
“From the moment I found out I was pregnant I was totally hooked – it was such a rush,” Tara recalled.
“It was an amazing experience from start to finish. Handing her over to her dads was a feeling like no other.”
In good shape
Tara isn’t worried about the effects of pregnancy on her body, and says she is in better shape now than she was in her twenties.
“I feel at my best physically when I’m pregnant,” said Tara. “I take vitamins, go swimming, do yoga and eat healthily.
“I hadn’t made as much effort with my own pregnancies but the responsibility was bigger with someone else’s child.
“I love having a bump and people cooing over the precious little gift inside. I don’t even get stretch marks – it’s like I was made to have babies.”
On January 4 this year, she gave birth to twin boys for couple who were unable to carry children full term, but she has no plans to stop yet.
“I hope to be pregnant for them by the end of the year,” said Tara. “I’m addicted to the buzz of pregnancy and if I can help childless couples at the same time it would be insane not to.
“I won’t stop until my womb falls out.”
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