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Woman who conceived baby at home using £25 insemination kit is raising awareness

Poppy Bilderbeck

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Woman who conceived baby at home using £25 insemination kit is raising awareness

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A mum has spoken out after managing to get pregnant and give birth via a cheap insemination kit she used at home.

There are many ways to have a child which don't go down the conventional route of having sex.

However, one you may not have heard about before is a kit which costs just £25 and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home - a DIY baby so to speak.

One mum has opened up about why she decided to take matters into her own hands and a doctor has responded revealing the potential 'pitfalls' of going about getting pregnant in such a way.

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On an episode of This Morning, presenters Rochelle Humes and Vernon Kay were joined by Bailey Ennis, who knew from the age of 16 she wanted to be a mum.

Asked why she decided to pursue such a unique route of falling pregnant, Bailey explained she wanted to do it in 'the comfort of [her] own home'.

"And I knew I'd never conceive naturally with a man because I came out around that age too," she said.

Bailey pursued this avenue to get pregnant out of wanting to do it from the 'comfort' of her own home as well as knowing she'd 'never conceive naturally'. Credit: ITV
Bailey pursued this avenue to get pregnant out of wanting to do it from the 'comfort' of her own home as well as knowing she'd 'never conceive naturally'. Credit: ITV

Bailey - who gave birth to baby Lorenzo in July - explained she began her quest to become a mum by going onto a sperm donator site.

"On there you can filter through donors and they also sell insemination kits," she continued.

Bailey reassured she didn't just go onto the website and choose any old person.

She said: "I very much wanted to find someone who was healthy, trustworthy, reliable, someone who had experience - which was really important to me."

Her donor also put her in touch with people he'd 'helped before'.

Bailey said her donor helped her get in touch with people he'd 'helped before'. Credit: ITV
Bailey said her donor helped her get in touch with people he'd 'helped before'. Credit: ITV

Bailey explained she tracked her menstrual cycle and figured out when she was most fertile before meeting up with the donor.

While the donor has served his purpose, Bailey is still in touch with him, noting he even sends her 'nutrition books' and is 'really lovely'.

Despite Bailey's positive experience, sat beside her, Dr. Larissa noted it's controversial to get pregnant this way.

In the UK, it is illegal to pay a sperm donor anything more than expenses. What's more, if you don't go through a licensed clinic, the donor will be a legal parent of the baby.

However, Dr Larissa noted at-home insemination 'does go on quite a lot' because of the 'huge need for sperm donation' particularly for 'same sex lesbian couples and also single women' who don't have the money to go to a clinic - clinics which can cost 'thousands of pounds'.

Despite Bailey's success as having gotten pregnant and given birth, Dr Larissa warned there are risks. Credit: ITV
Despite Bailey's success as having gotten pregnant and given birth, Dr Larissa warned there are risks. Credit: ITV

The doctor warned there are 'huge risks' to this method of falling pregnant on the basis of not all donors being honest about their information and some men using it 'as an opportunity to prey on vulnerable women'.

Dr Larissa explained there can also be 'pitfalls' particularly in terms of making sure a donor is properly screened for 'various different health conditions' as well as STDs.

Going to a clinic opposed to doing it home legally covers both the donor and the person receiving the sperm too.

However, the doctor resolved: "The main thing to say here is, this isn't the fault of the recipients.

"We need to be looking at improving sperm donation generally across the UK, raising awareness of this and the very real need to have more donors come down the clinic route and making it more affordable."

Topics: Parenting, TikTok, This Morning, TV And Film, ITV

Poppy Bilderbeck
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