In today's episode, we're joined by Rachel. Rachel was diagnosed with MRKH when she was just sixteen. It's a female reproductive disorder that presents differently from person-to-person, but in Rachel's case meant that while she has ovaries and produces eggs, she cannot carry a baby herself. She kept her diagnosis mainly to herself and carried on with life, going to university to study Drama & Theatre Arts, and forging a successful career in events. It wasn't until she met her now-partner, Sam, that she began to face how she really felt about motherhood and starting a family, and began to look at her options. Shortly afterwards, after finally revealing her fertility struggles to her best friends from University, Rachel got a phone call that changed her life. Her best friend Abi was offering to be their surrogate. One year later, Abi was pregnant with Rachel and Sam's baby, and their son was born on the 8th June, 2019. This is Rachel's story in her own words... *This episode is sponsored by Clinique. Promotion ends 31/01/2021 at 11:59pm whilst stocks last. Offer may vary and will be communicated at checkout. No minimum spend required. Only one use per customer and cannot be redeemed alongside any other promotions. All promotional products will be marked and cannot be returned to store or online for exchange, credit, or monetary value. Sale items are excluded from discount and all offers are not redeemable on gift card or egift card purchases. Clinique reserves the right to withdraw the promotion at any time. The offers are as stated, are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.