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Woman discovers she’s pregnant weeks before her surrogate best friend gives birth to her twins

Australian mum went through 21 rounds of IVF before her friend offered to be her surrogate

Published 16/05/2016 | 16:14

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@Instagram / lauren_lichtnauer

An Australian woman discovered she was pregnant just weeks before her surrogate gave birth to her twins, after a long battle to conceive.

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Rosie Luik offered to carry a child for her friend Lauren Lichtnauer after comforting her through 21 failed attempts at IVF.

Brisbane model Rosie fell pregnant with twins following an IVF procedure which used Lauren’s egg and her husband Myron’s sperm but weeks before she was due, Lauren discovered she was pregnant.

Speaking to Australia’s 60 Minutes, Rosie said the decision to have a baby for her friend was an easy one to make.

Lauren's friend Rosie gave birth to her twins after years of struggling to conceive
Lauren's friend Rosie gave birth to her twins after years of struggling to conceive

"I just blurted it out, I said, 'look, we'll discuss it later, but basically I'm going to have your baby.

"I knew I was good at it. I'd had three babies. I had never had a complication. I just wanted to help Lauren."

Despite the selfless act Lauren admitted that she felt jealous of the bond between Rosie and her twins as she carried them to term.

 "It was surreal - I was jealous she got to carry these babies, but I was also in complete utter amazement and awe that someone would love me and find me special enough to do that for me."

Lauren’s miracle pregnancy came as a shock to Rosie, who was due to give birth to her twins within weeks in March 2013.

"I started to cry and said (to Rosie), 'I have something to tell you and please don't be mad and please don't hate me'.

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@Instagram / lauren_lichtnauer

"She said, 'What?' and I said, 'I'm pregnant', and she burst into tears."

Rosie added: "I was just over the moon."

Rosie admitted that being able to give the gift of a family to her friend has been one of her proudest moments.

"Seeing my best friends face when they were placed in her arms was just magical and it's something I will never forget."

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