It was meant to be a pact between mother and daughter.
A deal which would bring happiness to all.
A daughter acting as surrogate for her parents – using her stepfather’s sperm inserted by a syringe used for baby medicine.
But it has ended in a family split in two.
When Leanne Stanford’s mother Judith Roberts, now aged 50, lost her baby at 22 weeks she was heartbroken. She had a history of premature births and being in her late 40s had tried IVF. She gloriously fell pregnant but lost the little boy.
The whole family was devastated.
Leanne and her mother Judith sat in the car park at the little boy’s funeral and made a pact. Leanne would act as a surrogate for her mother and stepfather Mark.
Leanne from North Eastern England told The Daily Mail, “I said to her: ‘If you want to try again I’ll help you, I’d be a surrogate for you if you wanted me to. It was a spur of the moment offer made at a time of high emotion. But I meant it, I really wanted to help them.”
Leanne, aged 26, already had a four-year-old son and felt she could give this gift to her mother.
The surrogacy was performed in the family home. Leanne impregnated herself with Mark’s sperm using a syringe usually used for baby medicine.
The Daily Mail reports:
At her mother’s home, Leanne waited downstairs while Judith and Mark went to the bedroom to perform a sexual act before Judith emerged with the sperm-filled syringe and delivered it to her daughter. The bizarre surrogacy ritual was carried out five times at the point in Leanne’s cycle when she was most fertile and she fell pregnant at the first attempt, causing joy to Judith and Mark who had recently lost a longed-for baby to miscarriage.
Leanne told The Mirror that she found out she was pregnant on Mother’s Day. “I put the pregnancy test in a gift box along with her card and handed it to her when she came up to the caravan that day. There were tears all round. It was a very nice, emotional moment.”
Together mother and daughter began to prepare for the baby’s arrival – shopping for clothes, building a nursery for the new life growing within her. But Leanne soon found out she was experiencing feelings she didn’t expect.
At a scan she found out the baby was a girl.