Media reports indicate that a mother who has already delivered twelve surrogate babies has revealed that she is pregnant again. She also confirmed that she is planning to give away baby number 13.
British-born Carole Horlock, who moved to a farmhouse near Bordeaux, France, said she will hand over the child to an Italian couple without even giving it a cuddle, the Daily Mail reported.
AdvertisementThe 45-year-old, who is originally from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, added that she's delighted to be helping yet another childless couple become parents in seven months' time.
"They tell me I give them a precious gift and you can see the joy in their faces when they hold their baby for the first time," the world's most prolific surrogate mother told The Sun.
"It's a highly charged, emotional moment. That's the reason I do it," she added.
Horlock has two daughters - now aged 22 and 19 and from different relationships.
Her 10th, 11th and 12th surrogate babies were delivered in one batch - as triplets.
She gave birth to them by planned Caesarean section four years ago in Athens, when she was just over 35 weeks pregnant.
A boy, called Panagiotis, was born first weighing 5lb 12oz. Next came a girl called Paraskevi, who weighed 6lb 2oz followed by another girl, Helen, weighing 5lb 10oz. All were healthy.
Horlock said she first heard about surrogacy through a newspaper article she read in 1995, while working in a launderette.
She said at the time she was divorced with two girls who she had loved carrying and couldn't imagine how devastating it would be for other women not to be able to have children.
She has since given birth to eight girls and four boys, including one set of twins and another of triplets.
Horlock receives expenses, usually between 10,000 pounds and 15,000 pounds, from the couples she helps, as payments are illegal.
But she insisted it's not about the money, and that she does it to help other people.
Photos of each child she has carried are kept in a box at the farmhouse that she shares with partner of 14 years, Paul Brown.
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