Helen's story

I am a surrogate mother, who had twins using frozen blastocyst embryos. Overall, having twins was a really positive experience, although it’s not something I would choose to do again. My having the twins brought double pleasure and joy to the parents who had tried for many years to have children.

My decision on embryo transfer

As a surrogate I wanted to give the intended parents the best chance of a successful outcome, so opted for double embryo transfer. The clinic did say there was a ‘small’ chance that more than one may implant, but that the risk was minimal. With the overall chance of success being a lot less than 100%, I wanted to give them every single miniscule chance of getting ONE baby, so took the risk. The clinic decided that blastocysts would be best, so kept them until they were emerging before transferring them to me.

"I experienced all the normal pregnancy-related symptoms: acid reflux, piles, high blood pressure, swollen ankles, but a lot earlier than I would have had it been a single pregnancy."

My experience of multiple pregnancy

I experienced all the normal pregnancy-related symptoms: acid reflux, piles, high blood pressure, swollen ankles, but a lot earlier than I would have had it been a single pregnancy. My late pregnancy symptoms started from about 18–19 weeks.

I was told that the twins would arrive earlier than a singleton, but still held on to them until 37 weeks. 

My experience of multiple birth

Two days before I was booked for a C-section (because the twins had lain breech throughout the pregnancy), I awoke to find my waters had broken. An hour later the twins were delivered by emergency C-section.

I chose to have a general anaesthetic so I wasn’t conscious when they arrived. This was the right decision for me. They were 6lb each and both were 100% from the moment they arrived, although one of them had to have an x-ray on his hips because he’d been breech for so long. This came back fine.

Multiple vs. singleton pregnancy

The other children I had carried had been good sizes: 6lb 4oz, 6lb 11oz and 7lb 5oz so 6lb each was a massive increase in weight. Having said that, I wouldn’t have changed anything and in future I certainly wouldn’t worry about having a C-section. I stressed about it for weeks, but it was a very positive experience. I wouldn’t choose to have another one obviously, but if it happens, then so be it. 

The future

I’m currently six months post partum and trying to have a baby for another couple now. They want a single child, but are happy with twins if that’s what they get. I'm keeping an open mind.