A surrogate mum has given birth to her own COUSIN to give her aunt a child.
Emma Vaughan, who is 29, donated her eggs so her aunt, Sandra Barlow, 42, could have a baby.
Emma became pregnant with a little girl, Maia, who is now 13 months old.
Sandra and her husband Chris had been trying to conceive for 15 years and had spent over £40,000 on IVF treatment.
Emma was inseminated with Chris's sperm, and after 17 attempts, fell pregnant.
Sandra told the Mirror: "Surrogacy seemed like our only hope. I did some research and looked at an agency website. I was in awe that people did these amazing things for complete strangers, but I wanted to do it within the family.'
Emma, who is currently pregnant with her fourth child said: 'When Sandra called me it was a total surprise, I had no idea about her problems. When I was in the delivery room the doctor said, 'You're about to be a mum'. I just pointed to Sandra and said, 'No, this is the mum – it's her baby'.'
What are your thoughts on surrogacy?
Do you think it is better to do it within the family like Karen and Emma, or is there too much scope for possible conflict years down the line?
Would you ever consider being - or using - a surrogate?
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