Shaniece Sturdy was watching TV as a teenager when she happened upon a documentary about surrogacy. From that moment on, she was interested in one day becoming a surrogate for a couple struggling to grow their family.
Shaniece, above, with her own son Rylee, four, first became interested in surrogacy as a teenager after watching a documentary on TV
After the birth of her son, Rylee, now four, she contacted a surrogacy center and came across hopeful parents Joanna and Steve.
“I was only 21 at the time, but I wasn’t interested in partying and drinking,” Shaniece said. “I wanted to help another couple fulfill their family dream.”
In case they didn’t approve, the steadfast young mother decided to keep her plans a secret from her parents. She quietly conducted her own research and went through the process by herself.
The second she met Joanna and Steve, she knew she wanted to help them. That’s when she shared the news with her loved ones.
Shaniece then flew to a specialist clinic in Los Angeles to have Joanna and Steve’s embryo implanted. It was a success! At 21 years old, Shaniece became one of the U.K.’s youngest surrogates.
Though she was only supposed to be carrying a son or daughter for the couple, Shaniece couldn’t help but notice her baby bump looked particularly huge.
Joanna and Steve attended Shaniece’s first prenatal scan — and the trio was stunned to learn it was twins. The delighted couple immediately rushed out to buy baby supplies, times two.
However, Shaniece, who has since set up her own cleaning business, was shocked when midwives discovered three heart beats.
“I was only supposed to be helping the family have a brother or sister for their little girl but I ended up giving them three babies at once.
“At our first scan at just a few weeks pregnant, we were all told I was carrying twins, Joanna and Steve had already picked their twin pram.
“We all opted for a planned C-section at 33 weeks but my waters broke on Halloween.
“Joanna came down to theatre with me and although I was nervous all I cared about was ensuring the babies were delivered safe and healthy.
“The triplets were taken to intensive care but Willow, Daisy, and Harrison, were all perfectly fine, weighing 4lb 2oz, 3lb 7oz and 3lb 11oz.
“I was advise anyone thinking about becoming a surrogate to do it, I can’t wait to do it again.”
A spokesperson for Surrogacy UK, said: ‘Surrogacy UK is a not-for-profit organization providing information and support for surrogates and intended parents.
‘Our ethos is “friendship first” and we believe trust and honesty between surrogates and intended parents is key to successful surrogacy journeys.’
H/T Little Things