Jessica Allen was already the mother of two boys when she decided to become a surrogate.
“I first decided to become a surrogate in fall 2015, six months after the birth of my second son, Jairus,” said Allen. “I wanted to stay at home with my sons rather than return to my job as a senior caregiver, and we decided we’d put the money toward buying a house.”
So Allen signed up to become a surrogate with the San Diego-based Omega Family Global.
“Soon, I was matched with the Lius, a Chinese couple who wanted to hire an American surrogate, as the practice is illegal in China,” Allen said.
In April 2016, after in vitro fertilization treatments, Allen became pregnant with the couple’s baby.
Six weeks later, the first of many surprises in her surrogacy would crop up: A second baby had appeared in her scans.
“I was a bit scared, but I heard the Lius were thrilled to be having twins,” Allen, 31, told the NY Post.
“Not once during the pregnancy did any of the medical staff provided by the agency say that the babies were in separate sacs. As far as we were concerned, the transferred embryo had split in two and the twins were identical.”