Surrogate mother in California unknowingly gives birth to her biological son
A surrogate mother faced a custody battle for her son after unknowingly giving birth to her biological son while carrying the other couple’s baby.
Thirty-one-year-old Jessica Allen decided to undergo commercial surrogacy in California where the practice is legal, in order to buy a new home with her husband and her two kids.
She would get $35,000 for undergoing the in vitro fertilization, but along the way she had no idea she had also gotten pregnant with her husband’s baby.
Allen was informed she was carrying twins which she assumed the transferred embryo had split in two to make identical twins. As soon as she delivered the babies, they were taken away from her.
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A DNA test revealed a rare medical condition called superfetation had taken place, baby Max’s DNA matched Allens. After the revelation the Chinese couple no longer wanted Max and Allen wanted her son back.
A grueling legal process took place, the Chinese family was demanding over $22,000 for compensation. After Allen and her husband hired a lawyer they managed to waive the fee and have Max come back home with his mother.
Allen told the New York Post she doesn’t regret being a surrogate mom but says she wants others to learn from her story.