“My Egg, Her Sperm and My Sister’s Uterus” – Amazing Surrogacy Journey of a Woman Born Without a Uterus – –

“My Egg, Her Sperm and My Sister’s Uterus” – Amazing Surrogacy Journey of a Woman Born Without a Uterus – –

A woman from Black Country without a uterus is expecting her first child – because her selfless sister carries her baby as a surrogate.
Mother of two Hayley Burton is now eight weeks pregnant with sister Laura Knight and her husband David’s biological child.

After the 33-year-old aunt gives birth to her niece or nephew, the baby will return to Rowley Regis from the hospital with the new parents.

And the close-knit siblings, both of whom are nurses at Sandwell Hospital, will also be sharing maternity leave together.

Laura, 28, has been diagnosed with Mayer Rokitansky Küster Hauser Syndrome (MRKH), a birth defect meaning she does not have a uterus.

“It’s our bun in Hayley’s oven!” Laura said, speaking out to raise awareness of a syndrome that affects one in 5,000 women.

Sisters Laura Knight and Hayley Burton go on incredible surrogate journey together

“She feeds him and keeps him safe. “

She added: “Hayley is so selfless, so generous and always said she would do that – always – but always wanted her own children first.

“After having Archie and Harry, she approached myself and my then boyfriend David and said, ‘When you’re ready to talk about the future, we all sit down and let’s discuss our options. ‘ “

The trio began the surrogacy journey at Birmingham Women’s Hospital in 2019. But due to delays with the NHS during the pandemic, they decided to continue in private, starting treatment in March this year.

In May, Laura’s embryo, fertilized with David’s sperm, was inserted into Hayley by Care Fertility and the excited sisters then took a life-changing positive pregnancy test.

“She came out with a pot of urine and me and David dipped her in,” Laura said.

“It was just amazing, it appeared in light blue a few seconds after we dived it.

“The placenta is growing, the baby is growing and everything is as it should be at this point. “

Left to right Laura Knight, surrogate sister Hayley Burton and husband David Knight after a positive pregnancy test

The couples – including Hayley’s husband Rich, 34 – haven’t faced any negativity about surrogacy.

“Surrogacy isn’t sick or weird, it’s not like my husband is gone and slept with my sister,” Laura said.

“It’s my egg and its sperm. It all depends on science, luck and hope.

“We haven’t had anyone to tell us it’s weird so far. “

Laura, her husband and Hayley, from Dudley, shared their surrogacy journey via an Instagram account to inspire others and offer hope to young girls with MRKH.

Her diagnosis of MRKH came after tests on her reproductive system, fearing that she had not started her period by the age of 15.

“I kept going to the GP and he said I was underweight. My mom was worried – she would bring me back every three months or so, ”Laura explained.

“They sent me for an ultrasound but it wasn’t urgent, they just said my ovaries were very small, but nothing else.

“My mom didn’t know if they had found something sinister, she didn’t sleep for weeks because she didn’t know what was wrong with me.

The sisters of Care Fertility in Birmingham

“She kept putting pads in the bottom of my satchel in case I came to school. We had the bird and bee talk and my friends would come to school and all say they had started.

“There was a time when I told them I had, because I was too embarrassed to say no. “

After a few months and a trip to A&E for another separate reason, Laura was asked if she had had any other tests recently in a routine question.

She explained that she had undergone tests on her reproductive system and was rushed through more emergency tests by doctors at Sandwell Hospital.

“The pediatrician said, ‘Look, we suspect you were born without a uterus,’” she said of the test results.

“She explained that it is the organ that carries a baby. I have always been very motherly, even from a young age.

Laura and David Knight announce they are pregnant after Hayley tests positive
Laura and David Knight announce they are pregnant after Hayley tests positive

“The pediatrician said it’s not a genetic thing, it’s just something that didn’t develop as a fetus. When they join it it creates a uterus and when they don’t it means you are male.

“So I had to have all my blood and chromosomes checked to make sure I was really a woman, that I didn’t have male interiors.

“Everything was normal, I had experienced puberty normally. But I had to go through so many exams and checks to make sure I was a woman and I was, it’s just that my uterus didn’t develop when I was a fetus.

“I have ovaries, they are very small, I ovulate and my eggs dissolve in my blood. “

After being diagnosed with the syndrome, Laura was offered counseling but since she was still young, she chose not to go ahead.

“I have never spoken to anyone with my condition, I have never known anyone with my condition,” she said.

Baby Knight will be Laura and David's biologically, but in the eyes of the law, Hayley will be the mother
Baby Knight will be Laura and David’s biologically, but in the eyes of the law, Hayley will be the mother

“I just want to raise awareness because I’ve never had that. Even though I help give a young girl hope for the future, then I did what I needed to do.

And she offered this advice to others thinking about surrogacy.

“Anyone going through this, stay positive and focus on yourself,” she said /

“It’s a different world, it’s a whole different community, surrogacy Instagram accounts are just full of people who will go above and beyond to have a baby or give a baby to someone else.

“Our Instagram is above all to raise awareness and share our experiences as sisters.

“At least anyone watching can share our success story and consider having a close family member as a surrogate. “

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