Surrogate mother carries cousinSandra Barlow from Maidstone, Kent, UK had attempted to become a mother through various IVF treatments for more than 17 years, but all proved unsuccessful.
She had almost given up hope until her niece Emma Vaughan volunteered to act as a surrogate mother. Mrs Vaughan was already a mother of three.
Mrs Barlow had already spent £40,000 on seven rounds of IVF treatement, that all proved unsuccessful. Following the last round she decided to approach her niece to see if she would consider being a surrogate.
Baby Maia was born 13 months ago.
Mrs Vaughan, (who is Maia's biological mother and cousin) said, "I was a bit shocked but I instantly said yes because I've always said if anyone ever asked me I would do it. As it was my auntie's family, I decided to just do it. "
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