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Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Pregnant at lunchtime' - single mum tells of quest for baby

Aodhan, the baby boy born to 'Angela' via artificial insemination
Aodhan, the baby boy born to 'Angela' via artificial insemination
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

A woman, who asked to be identified only as Angela, decided on her 38th birthday last year to have a child as she felt motherhood was not something she was willing to give up.

The Dublin-based solicitor gave birth to Aodhan in June and told the Irish Independent that while it was a daunting step to take without a partner, becoming a mother has changed her life.

"I've always known I wanted children and over the last couple of years it was big in my mind, but I hadn't really met anyone," she said.

"The ticking clock thing was very present and I didn't know if I could actually get pregnant. So I just decided to start doing the fertility tests, so at least I could know if AI was going to be a viable plan or not.

"It was a big step and even to the day that I drove to the clinic to have it done I was worried."

She said she "can't imagine or remember" her life without her son.

"It's the biggest and best decision I've ever made.

"I'm adopted and my mother has passed away, so my father has a whole new lease of life now since becoming a grandfather. It's been fantastic, he's a credit for his age," she added.

Angela's sperm donor is from Danish sperm bank Cryos, the largest in the world, shipping sperm to over 70 countries.

In Ireland, both anonymous and non-anonymous donors are permitted, but Angela chose an anonymous donor.

Her story, 'Pregnant on my Lunchbreak', will be broadcast on RTE's Radio One tomorrow at 2pm.

The documentary follows her journey to motherhood; her reasons for making this choice and the support she has from friends and family.

Irish Independent

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