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Surrogate Mother Expecting Eighth Baby

06/01/2010 14:09 | Updated 22 May 2015

One of Britain's most prolific surrogate mothers has announced she is pregnant again.

Jill Hawkins has given away seven babies all of which have been her own biological children conceived using artificial insemination.

This latest pregnancy is the first to be from embryos transplanted into her womb.

"I love being pregnant." said Ms Hawkins, "It's a compulsion I suppose and I really miss it when I'm not pregnant."

Ms Hawkins, 45, has a history of depression, and had wanted to give up surrogacy after previous pregnancies, however she says this time it's different.

"It's a new experience this time because they are not my biological children." she explained,

"I feel there's not so much pressure on me because it's not my genes. I'm just providing the womb for the baby to grow in."

Surrogates in the UK are not paid, but Ms Hawkins can expect to receive around £12,000 in expenses.

Her first daughter, Lucy, is over 17 years old and the most recent baby, Isobel, was born in 2006.

In 2008, explaining what it is like to be a surrogate, Ms Hawkins told the BBC, "I am not giving up something I want, which people can't understand,".

"I am not saying it doesn't hurt - of course it does - and I do feel very emotional about it and I care very deeply about the baby."

"I don't love the baby and I don't want the baby for myself - the baby is conceived for my couple."

Surrogacy organisation COTS (Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy) says social changes mean that adoption has become increasingly difficult.

According to their website the chances of a successful adoption are becoming increasingly remote, adding, "For many, surrogacy is the only alternative to childlessness."

How do you feel about Jill Hawkins' latest pregnancy? Would you ever consider surrogacy?

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