The surrogate mums who can’t stop giving: Best friends Amanda Broomhall and Louise Smith have given birth NINE times to help childless couples – and there’s more on the way

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Although giving birth can be the most fulfilling experience any woman can have, most mothers will agree that the months before delivery can be anything but idyllic.

From morning sickness to weight gain, mood swings to swollen ankles, being pregnant can be a rollercoaster ride that most mums-to-be would prefer to bypass – an ordeal, albeit one worth going through for the reward of parenthood.

Which makes the generosity of Amanda Broomhall and Louise Smith all the more extraordinary. For between them, the friends have given birth to nine surrogate babies – and are now pregnant with their tenth and eleventh.

Back-up: Amanda (left) and Louise have developed a strong friendship and now rely on each other for help and support

Amanda, 39, who also has two children of her own with husband Ian, admitted that most people thought they were ‘mad’ for putting their bodies through so much – between them they have spent six years being pregnant on behalf of other women.

But she pointed out that the reward for helping childless couples have a family was a great feeling, and something she is proud of.

‘We’ve given nine couples the babies they were so desperate for and transformed their lives,’ she said in an interview in The People.

Louise, 43, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, added: ‘Giving birth as a surrogate is the best thing I have ever done.

‘There is nothing that compares to knowing a family exists because of you. The parents you are helping never quite believe they are going to have a child until they are holding the baby and giving them a cuddle.’

It's a girl: Louise with her fourth surrogate baby in 2009

It’s a girl: Louise with her fourth surrogate baby in 2009

Amanda, from Swindon, Wiltshire,has already given birth to five surrogate babies, including twins. She is expecting her sixth in November.

But the road to becoming a surrogate mum was a gradual one, and not without it’s problems.

She had already donated her own eggs when, at the age of 27, she decided to become a surrogate.

‘My family and friends told me I was making a mistake but I’m stubborn and decided to go ahead,’ she said.

Not knowing what to expect, she said she was overwhelmed by the experience of giving birth and regretted having to hand her baby over to another couple immediately after.

‘I know that child is loved and cared for, but it was a mistake for me to have a surrogate baby before having a child of my own,’ she said.

‘I felt like I was being swallowed up by emptiness. I had lost my child.’


Special delivery: Amanda has given birth to five surrogate babies - including a girl in 2009

Special delivery: Amanda has given birth to five surrogate babies – including a girl in 2009

Shortly after, she married airport security worker Ian and it wasn’t long before she had fulfilled her wish of having children of her own.

‘After them, I decided I wanted to be a surrogate again to help more couples – it could never be as bad as the first time,’ she said.

She went on to give birth to a boy in 2002, twin boys in 2007 and a girl in May 2009 – all of who were handed over to very grateful parents.

‘The parents who I have been a surrogate for keep in touch with Christmas and birthday cards, but I know their children are not mine,’ she said emphatically.

In 2003, shortly after the birth of her second surrogate baby, Amanda met Louise – who had recently given birth to her first surrogate – on a surrogacy website. The pair became instant friends.

Proud mum: Amanda has two children of her own, Bernie and Tom

Proud mum: Amanda has two children of her own, Bernie and Tom

Louise, who is expecting her fifth surrogate baby in August, said: ‘Carrying a baby isn’t easy to do and you need people to support you.’

‘That is why it is so brilliant to have Amanda as a friend and be able to rely on her when the going gets tough.

‘I was desperately hurt. But it doesn’t matter what people think. I know I am helping childless couples and I am proud of that.’

‘Amanda is a brilliant sympathetic listener. When my hormones are raging and I’m feeling fat and sick of being pregnant I call Amanda and she reminds me it’s just a phase.’

Louise has so far delivered four surrogate babies – and has three children of her own with husband Michael.

Both women are paid nothing more than their expenses while carrying their surrogate babies.

And even though they have had trouble-free pregnancies, that doesn’t mean they haven’t had to make sacrifices.

Both had to take fertility-boosting drugs for each conception – in which their own eggs were used – and Amanda had to have her gall bladder removed as a result of IVF treatment. The pair have also gone under the surgeon’s knife to have tummy-tuck operations.

‘It isn’t easy, no matter how many times you do it,’ Amanda said.

‘Lou really is the linchpin of my support network and I couldn’t have been a surrogate so often without her.

‘There is a point three days after the birth when you feel poorly and sore. Lou and I joke about that point.’

Close bond: Between them, Louise and Amanda have spent six years being pregnant with babies that they then give away

Close bond: Between them, Louise and Amanda have spent six years being pregnant with babies that they then give away

As well as physical issues, there are other hurdles that sometimes cannot be avoided.

‘People’s wrong ideas about you don’t help,’ Amanda said.

‘Once, a child of six asked if I sold my babies in Exchange And Mart. She had obviously heard her parents joking.

‘I was desperately hurt. But it doesn’t matter what people think. I know I am helping childless couples and I am proud of that.’

While the pair insist that they are very much dependent on each other to get through each pregnancy, there are two other people who play an equally important role – their husbands.

‘Michael was shocked at first when he knew I wanted to be a surrogate but he has been wonderfully supportive,’ Louise said.

‘He needs to be, because after you give birth as a surrogate you come home alone. You need your family around you to help you through.’

Clearly Michael is more than willing to play his part in helping desperate couples have children of their own.

‘I understand that surrogacy is important to Lou, and I love her and support her, he said.

‘Giving birth five times as a surrogate might be unusual, but Louise is doing something brilliant and we are all proud of her.’

- Daily Mail

Back-up: Amanda (left) and Louise have developed a strong friendship and now rely on each other for help and support

Amanda, 39, who also has two children of her own with husband Ian, admitted that most people thought they were ‘mad’ for putting their bodies through so much – between them they have spent six years being pregnant on behalf of other women.

But she pointed out that the reward for helping childless couples have a family was a great feeling, and something she is proud of.

‘We’ve given nine couples the babies they were so desperate for and transformed their lives,’ she said in an interview in The People.

Louise, 43, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, added: ‘Giving birth as a surrogate is the best thing I have ever done.

‘There is nothing that compares to knowing a family exists because of you. The parents you are helping never quite believe they are going to have a child until they are holding the baby and giving them a cuddle.’

It's a girl: Louise with her fourth surrogate baby in 2009

It’s a girl: Louise with her fourth surrogate baby in 2009

Amanda, from Swindon, Wiltshire,has already given birth to five surrogate babies, including twins. She is expecting her sixth in November.

But the road to becoming a surrogate mum was a gradual one, and not without it’s problems.

She had already donated her own eggs when, at the age of 27, she decided to become a surrogate.

‘My family and friends told me I was making a mistake but I’m stubborn and decided to go ahead,’ she said.

Not knowing what to expect, she said she was overwhelmed by the experience of giving birth and regretted having to hand her baby over to another couple immediately after.

‘I know that child is loved and cared for, but it was a mistake for me to have a surrogate baby before having a child of my own,’ she said.

‘I felt like I was being swallowed up by emptiness. I had lost my child.’


Special delivery: Amanda has given birth to five surrogate babies - including a girl in 2009

Special delivery: Amanda has given birth to five surrogate babies – including a girl in 2009

Shortly after, she married airport security worker Ian and it wasn’t long before she had fulfilled her wish of having children of her own.

‘After them, I decided I wanted to be a surrogate again to help more couples – it could never be as bad as the first time,’ she said.

She went on to give birth to a boy in 2002, twin boys in 2007 and a girl in May 2009 – all of who were handed over to very grateful parents.

‘The parents who I have been a surrogate for keep in touch with Christmas and birthday cards, but I know their children are not mine,’ she said emphatically.

In 2003, shortly after the birth of her second surrogate baby, Amanda met Louise – who had recently given birth to her first surrogate – on a surrogacy website. The pair became instant friends.

Proud mum: Amanda has two children of her own, Bernie and Tom

Proud mum: Amanda has two children of her own, Bernie and Tom

Louise, who is expecting her fifth surrogate baby in August, said: ‘Carrying a baby isn’t easy to do and you need people to support you.’

‘That is why it is so brilliant to have Amanda as a friend and be able to rely on her when the going gets tough.

‘I was desperately hurt. But it doesn’t matter what people think. I know I am helping childless couples and I am proud of that.’

‘Amanda is a brilliant sympathetic listener. When my hormones are raging and I’m feeling fat and sick of being pregnant I call Amanda and she reminds me it’s just a phase.’

Louise has so far delivered four surrogate babies – and has three children of her own with husband Michael.

Both women are paid nothing more than their expenses while carrying their surrogate babies.

And even though they have had trouble-free pregnancies, that doesn’t mean they haven’t had to make sacrifices.

Both had to take fertility-boosting drugs for each conception – in which their own eggs were used – and Amanda had to have her gall bladder removed as a result of IVF treatment. The pair have also gone under the surgeon’s knife to have tummy-tuck operations.

‘It isn’t easy, no matter how many times you do it,’ Amanda said.

‘Lou really is the linchpin of my support network and I couldn’t have been a surrogate so often without her.

‘There is a point three days after the birth when you feel poorly and sore. Lou and I joke about that point.’

Close bond: Between them, Louise and Amanda have spent six years being pregnant with babies that they then give away

Close bond: Between them, Louise and Amanda have spent six years being pregnant with babies that they then give away

As well as physical issues, there are other hurdles that sometimes cannot be avoided.

‘People’s wrong ideas about you don’t help,’ Amanda said.

‘Once, a child of six asked if I sold my babies in Exchange And Mart. She had obviously heard her parents joking.

‘I was desperately hurt. But it doesn’t matter what people think. I know I am helping childless couples and I am proud of that.’

While the pair insist that they are very much dependent on each other to get through each pregnancy, there are two other people who play an equally important role – their husbands.

‘Michael was shocked at first when he knew I wanted to be a surrogate but he has been wonderfully supportive,’ Louise said.

‘He needs to be, because after you give birth as a surrogate you come home alone. You need your family around you to help you through.’

Clearly Michael is more than willing to play his part in helping desperate couples have children of their own.

‘I understand that surrogacy is important to Lou, and I love her and support her, he said.

‘Giving birth five times as a surrogate might be unusual, but Louise is doing something brilliant and we are all proud of her.’

- Daily Mail

Back-up: Amanda (left) and Louise have developed a strong friendship and now rely on each other for help and support

Amanda, 39, who also has two children of her own with husband Ian, admitted that most people thought they were ‘mad’ for putting their bodies through so much – between them they have spent six years being pregnant on behalf of other women.

But she pointed out that the reward for helping childless couples have a family was a great feeling, and something she is proud of.

‘We’ve given nine couples the babies they were so desperate for and transformed their lives,’ she said in an interview in The People.

Louise, 43, from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, added: ‘Giving birth as a surrogate is the best thing I have ever done.

‘There is nothing that compares to knowing a family exists because of you. The parents you are helping never quite believe they are going to have a child until they are holding the baby and giving them a cuddle.’

It's a girl: Louise with her fourth surrogate baby in 2009

It’s a girl: Louise with her fourth surrogate baby in 2009

Amanda, from Swindon, Wiltshire,has already given birth to five surrogate babies, including twins. She is expecting her sixth in November.

But the road to becoming a surrogate mum was a gradual one, and not without it’s problems.

She had already donated her own eggs when, at the age of 27, she decided to become a surrogate.

‘My family and friends told me I was making a mistake but I’m stubborn and decided to go ahead,’ she said.

Not knowing what to expect, she said she was overwhelmed by the experience of giving birth and regretted having to hand her baby over to another couple immediately after.

‘I know that child is loved and cared for, but it was a mistake for me to have a surrogate baby before having a child of my own,’ she said.

‘I felt like I was being swallowed up by emptiness. I had lost my child.’


Special delivery: Amanda has given birth to five surrogate babies - including a girl in 2009

Special delivery: Amanda has given birth to five surrogate babies – including a girl in 2009

Shortly after, she married airport security worker Ian and it wasn’t long before she had fulfilled her wish of having children of her own.

‘After them, I decided I wanted to be a surrogate again to help more couples – it could never be as bad as the first time,’ she said.

She went on to give birth to a boy in 2002, twin boys in 2007 and a girl in May 2009 – all of who were handed over to very grateful parents.

‘The parents who I have been a surrogate for keep in touch with Christmas and birthday cards, but I know their children are not mine,’ she said emphatically.

In 2003, shortly after the birth of her second surrogate baby, Amanda met Louise – who had recently given birth to her first surrogate – on a surrogacy website. The pair became instant friends.

Proud mum: Amanda has two children of her own, Bernie and Tom

Proud mum: Amanda has two children of her own, Bernie and Tom

Louise, who is expecting her fifth surrogate baby in August, said: ‘Carrying a baby isn’t easy to do and you need people to support you.’

‘That is why it is so brilliant to have Amanda as a friend and be able to rely on her when the going gets tough.

‘I was desperately hurt. But it doesn’t matter what people think. I know I am helping childless couples and I am proud of that.’

‘Amanda is a brilliant sympathetic listener. When my hormones are raging and I’m feeling fat and sick of being pregnant I call Amanda and she reminds me it’s just a phase.’

Louise has so far delivered four surrogate babies – and has three children of her own with husband Michael.

Both women are paid nothing more than their expenses while carrying their surrogate babies.

And even though they have had trouble-free pregnancies, that doesn’t mean they haven’t had to make sacrifices.

Both had to take fertility-boosting drugs for each conception – in which their own eggs were used – and Amanda had to have her gall bladder removed as a result of IVF treatment. The pair have also gone under the surgeon’s knife to have tummy-tuck operations.

‘It isn’t easy, no matter how many times you do it,’ Amanda said.

‘Lou really is the linchpin of my support network and I couldn’t have been a surrogate so often without her.

‘There is a point three days after the birth when you feel poorly and sore. Lou and I joke about that point.’

Close bond: Between them, Louise and Amanda have spent six years being pregnant with babies that they then give away

Close bond: Between them, Louise and Amanda have spent six years being pregnant with babies that they then give away

As well as physical issues, there are other hurdles that sometimes cannot be avoided.

‘People’s wrong ideas about you don’t help,’ Amanda said.

‘Once, a child of six asked if I sold my babies in Exchange And Mart. She had obviously heard her parents joking.

‘I was desperately hurt. But it doesn’t matter what people think. I know I am helping childless couples and I am proud of that.’

While the pair insist that they are very much dependent on each other to get through each pregnancy, there are two other people who play an equally important role – their husbands.

‘Michael was shocked at first when he knew I wanted to be a surrogate but he has been wonderfully supportive,’ Louise said.

‘He needs to be, because after you give birth as a surrogate you come home alone. You need your family around you to help you through.’

Clearly Michael is more than willing to play his part in helping desperate couples have children of their own.

‘I understand that surrogacy is important to Lou, and I love her and support her, he said.

‘Giving birth five times as a surrogate might be unusual, but Louise is doing something brilliant and we are all proud of her.’

- Daily Mail



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