Are you a single woman with a yearning to have a child but no partner? You are far from alone, according to latest figures, single women having IVF is massively on the increase.
And one inspirational single woman has spoken out about her desire to have a child and how she went about it.
Polly Kerr is a 39-year-old mother-of-one, ‘nothing unusual about that,’ I hear you say. Well, no not really, except Polly is single and her son was conceived with an anonymous sperm donor.
Polly, from Oxford, is one of thousands of single women who are choosing to go it alone and have children despite not finding their life partner.
She told the BBC in an interview that she had been thinking about having a child for a couple of years before making the decision.
She said: “I was 36 or 37 when I first started thinking about it seriously and became very aware that I hadn’t been in a relationship for some time, so if I didn’t go down the IVF route it may never happen.”
She said she had been “surprised and pleased” to see how accepting her family were of her decision to have IVF, but she said she is ‘torn’ about the prospect of her son finding out about his father.
“When he turns 18, he can find out (who his father is) and if he does decide to find out it will be quite a poignant moment for me.
“But equally if there’s the chance he has got half-brothers or half-sisters – I know how much I’ve loved having a sister – and I think that will be lovely for him to find out about.”
The Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority recently reported that the number of single women having IVF had risen by 35 per cent since 2014.
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