A 31-year-woman from California has opened up about becoming pregnant while already pregnant; subsequently giving birth to two children who were conceived separately and had two different sets of parents.
Jessica Allen, who agreed to become a surrogate mother for a Chinese couple, underwent in vitro fertilization in April 2016.
She was awarded a sum of $30,000 USD, as California is one of the few U.S. states where you can be legally paid to carry someone else’s child. Allen’s payment increased by $5,000 when doctors found out she had unexpectedly become pregnant with twins.
The following December, Allen gave birth two boys via caesarean section. Just one month had past before she received a photo from the family she was a surrogate for, saying: “They are not the same, right? Have you thought about why they are different?”
“I did notice that one was much lighter than the other,” Allen told ABC News. “You know, obviously they were not identical twins.”
But DNA tests confirmed one baby was Allen’s biological child and the other baby was the surrogate child.
“I don’t know how to describe it… we were floored,” added Allen. “We were like, how did this happen?”
It’s called “superfetation” — an extremely rare condition where a pregnant woman’s body continues to ovulate. In Allen’s case, ovulation saw the release of an egg that managed to be fertilized.
After a complicated and pricey legal process, Allen and her partner received custody of their son, naming him him Malachi.
Fortunately, both him and his womb-mate are fit and healthy.
“I don’t regret becoming a surrogate mom because that would mean regretting my son,” Allen told the New York Post. “I just hope other women considering surrogacy can learn from my story. And that a greater good will come out of this nightmare.”