My mum was a surrogate and now I am too – its managed to earn me £120k

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    'A woman who followed in her mother's footsteps to become a surrogate says she's earned more than $150,000 (£120,000) from three pregnancies.

    Kenedi Smith, 28, was five when her mum decided to become a surrogate (a person who carries and births a baby for someone who can't). When her mother began the process for a second time when she was eight, Kenedi knew that she wanted to do the same.

    Her own son was born when she was 20 and after turning 21, the legal minimum age for surrogacy in California where she lives. And over the past eight years, Kenedi has been through three surrogacy journeys and is beginning her fourth at the moment.

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    She shares her story online via her social media pages, @stop.sit.surrogate, in order to offer advice and education to people interested in surrogacy.

    Kenedi said: "I became involved with surrogacy because of my mum. When I was five years old, she started her first surrogacy journey.

    "When I was eight, and she was on her second surrogacy journey, something clicked inside me I just knew I wanted to do what she did. I wanted to help people grow their families.

    "When I was 20, I had my son, and when I turned 21, my mum jokingly said, 'So, are you going to be a surrogate now?' Shortly after, I found an agency I signed up and started my first surrogacy journey.

    "Some of the most enjoyable parts about being a surrogate in my opinion are that you are helping to create life and helping a family grow while also helping my own family with the compensation.

    "The best part of it all is when you reunite the baby and parents during or after the birth.

    "To watch and be a part of that interaction is indescribable, and the most amazing feeling that you can't recreate or find anywhere else.

    "I've now been a surrogate three times, and I'm starting my fourth journey. In total, I have been compensated over $150,000."

    In the UK, surrogacy laws are strict, only allowing 'reasonable expenses' to be paid to surrogates typically between £10,000 to £15,000 according to Surrogacy UK.

    However, in sunny California, commercial surrogacy is fully legal, with the California Surrogacy Center suggesting that first-time surrogates usually earn around $50,000 to $60,000 (£40,342-£48,415).

    The topic of commercial surrogacy has sparked debate for years, and Kenedi believes there are many misunderstandings about the process.

    "People have misconceptions about surrogacy that surrogates sell their body, or that the surrogate baby is going to be traumatised, or that the biological children of the surrogate will be negatively impacted.

    "Let me just combat those and speak the truth for a second. We are not selling our bodies we're providing a service, just like a nanny would for a child who is earth-side. We surrogates are the nanny for the child before they are earth-side.

    "The baby will not remember anything from that day they're not going to be traumatized as they get older and are told how they were brought into the world.

    "Children of surrogates are not negatively impacted by their mother helping another family to grow I'm living proof of that. I'm a child of a surrogate, and it affected me in a positive way.

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    "One of the most challenging parts of surrogacy can be the misinformed people who like to share their concerns and opinions.

    "So, my mother and I have started a podcast titled Stop Sit Surrogate in the hopes of sharing our stories for others to learn from we offer advice, support and education, so that anyone who wants to learn about surrogacy can do so.''

    Despite the backlash Kenedi can receive for her surrogacy, she wouldn't change it as she loves being able to help families grow.

    "Surrogates know and feel within our hearts that we want to help families bring their own baby into the world.

    "The whole reason we do this is to unite the baby with their parents it's the most amazing feeling."

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