A woman just made a young couple’s dreams come true, by carrying a child for them 3,916 miles away.
Angie, from Ontario in Canada, agreed to be a surrogate for Sam and John, a gay couple from France.
This meant that she inseminated herself, carried the baby to term, and then – after nine months – gave birth.
Angie met the couple through the an agency in the city, Canadian Fertility Consulting. The company links up childless couples with surrogates, and also organises egg and sperm donations.
In Canada, like the UK, surrogacy is legal but cannot be paid-for. Surrogate mothers are only allowed to claim expenses that are related to the pregnancy.
In France however, all forms of surrogacy – be they commercial or altruistic – are illegal, and have been so since 1994.
New dads Sam and John run an LGBT non-profit association in France that helps to match gay and lesbian couples with surrogates, as well as to set up adoptions.
This is Angie’s second time carrying a baby for a couple.
She chose to give birth at her home in the St Thomas area of Ontario, using a water bath, with the support of a doula named Kelly, her mother and her own husband and older children.
Sam and John then flew over all the way from France in order to be there for their baby’s birth.
Photographer Maegen Adams was there for the special occasion, and managed to capture the moment John and Sam’s tiny newborn came into the world.
‘This experience has been life changing for me,’ Adams, a birth photographer, told Metro.co.uk.
‘I am always filled with emotions when attending births, but to be a part of documenting a surrogate birth is truly overwhelming.
‘Angie laboured fiercely, and trusted her body to bring Sam and John’s baby earthside, right in her own home.
‘She had the support of her own children, her husband, her fantastic doula Kelly, her mother, her midwives and the daddies to encourage her.
‘It amazes me to watch women labour, and each time I’m in awe of the strength that we (as women) possess. But it’s an out of this world, indescribable thing, when the woman won’t be parenting the child.
‘Angie nursed the baby, and expressed breast milk for him for the first week of his life.
‘It was beautiful to watch this family. Families come in all kinds. There is no doubt this baby will be loved to the edges of the earth.
‘Minutes after Angie birthed, she exclaimed with a smile and tears, “We did it, guys. We did it”.
‘Sam and John took turns doing skin to skin with their baby, and sitting by Angie’s side as her midwives tended to her placenta.
‘I am so proud to know Angie and Sam and John.
‘In a world where there is so much bad, this family has filled me with the knowledge that if we look for it, if we seek it out, there are so many good kind people in the world. Surrogates might be the kindest of them all.’