Surrogate reveals she nearly DIED after giving birth to fourth baby

Surrogate who nearly DIED after giving birth to a fourth baby reveals she wishes she could ‘do it again’ – but says she can’t risk leaving her own son ‘without a mother’

  • Rachel Westbury, 43, from Loughton gave birth to son Sam, 13, back in 2005
  • In 2011 she started her surrogacy journey and went on to have twins and a baby
  • However, during fourth surrogacy she contracted sepsis and nearly died
  • Mother-of-one has since vowed to give surrogacy up for the sake of her teen son 

A surrogate who has given birth three times in a bid to help other couple’s dreams of becoming parents come true has revealed she nearly died during her last pregnancy.

Rachel Westbury, 43, who lives in Loughton with her 13-year-old son Sam, often experiences morning sickness and pelvic pain which leaves her unable to even walk.

Despite this, she has carried babies three times – including a set of twins – but her last pregnancy nearly killed her after she contracted sepsis following an emergency C-section.

‘Nothing can compete with that joy of handing over a baby to a couple who so desperately want one,’ she told Closer Magazine. ‘I nearly died and yet a part of me wishes I could do it again – though I couldn’t risk it. I can’t leave my son without a mother.’      

Rachel Westbury, 43, from Loughton, nearly died after contracting sepsis following an emergency C-section while acting as a surrogate for a fourth baby.Pictured with her 13-year-old son, Sam

The mother-of-one appeared on This Morning before the birth of the fourth baby and told presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield that she will continue to ‘do it forever’

In 2005, the single mum, who now runs her own surrogacy agency Nappy Endings, had her own son, Sam,

But having always been interested in the prospect of surrogacy, she watched a documentary about it and then in 2011, decided to get in touch with an agency. 

Within a year she was pregnant with twins and just one month after giving birth she fell pregnant for another couple.

However, it was the most recent pregnancy with her fourth surrogate baby that left Rachel hospitalised – and close to death.

The single mum (pictured) had her own son Sam in 2005 and in 2011 she decided to start her surrogacy journey 

Following her brush with death, Rachel told Closer Magazine she is going to have to give up being a surrogate. ‘I can’t leave my son without a mother,’ she explained

The mother-of-one was induced but when no movement occurred, she was rushed in for an emergency C-section.


The laws of surogacy differ from country to country.

In the US the laws suffer from state to state; some states have written legislation while others have common laws stemming from court decisions.

For example, California is accepting of surrogacy agreements and upholds agreements that include LGBT people.

However, others are stricter, like Michigan, which forbids absolutely all surrogacy agreements, and fines people $500,000 for entering into agreements.

In the UK surrogates are the legal mother of any child they carry, unless they sign a parental order transferring their rights to the intended parents when they give birth.

The birth mother always has the right to keep her child, even if they are not genetically related.

It’s illegal to pay a surrogate in the UK, except for medical expenses. 

She remained in hospital for the next two days and within 48 hours of being released, she was rushed back in again. 

Doctors realised she had a septic ulcer and so she needed lumps of flesh to be cut away on her stomach. 

Back in September last year, while acting as a surrogate for a fourth time, Rachel told presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield that she will continue to ‘do it forever’ – or as long as her body lets her.

However, her brush with death has given Rachel, whose surrogate children are all biologically hers, a change of heart. 

‘It was absolutely terrible and I panicked that I was going to leave my son without a mother,’ she told the publication.

‘Even though I want to be a surrogate again. I can’t.’

‘It’s not fair to risk doing it again. My friends and family were understanding before, but they would be so worried now.’ 

Rachael went on to explain that she’s learned a lot from her surrogacy journey – mainly that you need support.

‘I’ve set up Nappy Endings, so that both surrogates and the parents know they can get help with all aspects…I might not be able to be a surrogate any more, but I want to help others.’ 

Sarah has set up her own surrogacy agency Nappy Endings so that both surrogates and the parents know they can get help with all aspects. Pictured, with her son, Sam

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