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'I chose solo motherhood and I've never been happier'

Taking the bold step to go it alone at age 43, Clodagh O'Hagan is expecting her first child - thanks to artificial insemination

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Clodagh O’Hagan who is pregnant by donor sperm.  Photo: Gerry Mooney

Clodagh O’Hagan who is pregnant by donor sperm. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Clodagh O’Hagan who is pregnant by donor sperm. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Known as Clo to most of my friends, I've just turned 43 and am a kind, caring, social creature who believes that smiling, a positive attitude and a little bit of charm will get you through most things in life. When it came to having babies, I was never somebody who dreamt of having kids, and counted down the days until it happened. Rather, I always knew I didn't not want to have kids.

In my early late twenties/early thirties, my priorities were definitely to enjoy myself. I was a late bloomer in terms of self-confidence and it was at this time that I really began to enjoy the person that I was. Working in PR really supported this, as it's very social and my day job involved working on music festivals; it was quite the dream. In my mid to late-thirties, I really wanted to meet my 'one', and I was in a relationship where I started to feel that this might be it, we might have a family. It was at this stage that I started to think about my lifestyle and working life in a different way.

I had been working for myself for five years, running a small PR company which - being in the height of the recession - could be quite precarious, and made the decision to look for something more secure. I moved to the corporate side of the tracks and started working client side at Vodafone Ireland, where security was key, work-life balance was a pleasure and market leading maternity benefits were the icing on the cake.


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