BY NICOLAS FERNANDES
A mum of three who loves being pregnant spent eight years as a ‘serial surrogate’, having five babies for women struggling to conceive.
Didi Perry, 50, of Dallas, Texas, USA, decided to look into gestational surrogacy because she enjoyed giving birth to her own kids and wanted to help those who couldn’t become mothers as easily.
The mum had her first surrogate child 16 years after the delivery of her own youngest and felt so fulfilled that she decided to make it a new hobby.
The mum admits she likes being pregnant because it makes her realize how healthy she is and she also enjoys feeling the baby move around.
Following the life-changing experience in 2009 when she became a surrogate, Didi went on to have two babies each for another two couples.
While some surrogates are drawn by the lure of money, she maintains her main goal was giving families the gift of a child and saw the pay as an added bonus.
The serial surrogate gave birth to the last baby five months before her 50th birthday, when she decided it was time for her journey to come to an end.
Didi, who now works as a surrogacy coordinator, said: “I enjoyed being pregnant with my own kids and I I wanted to do something that would help someone else.
“I love how healthy I feel when I’m pregnant and I love the feeling of the baby moving around.
“It’s difficult to come up with the words to describe how I felt when I saw the intended parents holding their baby. It was momentous, incredible.
“At first I was only planning on carrying for one family, but after experiencing the pure joy, I knew it was something I’d do again.
“I was grateful that I was able to find couples who didn’t mind that I was over 40 years old.
“I was never in it for the money. I really just wanted to help these families.”
As someone who got pleasure out of being a surrogate, Didi charged a low fee for carrying.
She said: “I wasn’t trying to become rich from it. It was important that I made a difference in their lives.
“As long as no money had to come out of my pocket, I didn’t mind.
“One of the intended parents asked me if I could lower the fee and I said, ‘certainly.’”
While Didi has retired from having babies for other women, the past decade of her life has inspired her to get a job with the local agency Surrogate Solutions.
She enjoys matching hopeful parents with surrogates almost as much as she liked carrying.
Didi said: “I absolutely love it. I’m not the one having the babies anymore, but I’m still involved in helping to form families.
“I feel like surrogacy was put in my life for a reason. Now I’m essentially helping people leave a legacy.”
Her youngest daughter Shayna, 23, is now looking into becoming a surrogate.
The proud mother said: “It’s really wonderful that I was able to inspire her to do this too.”
For more information about gestational surrogacy, visit http://surrogatesolutions.net/.