A 24-year-old woman artificially inseminated herself with an at-home kit that cost just £25 (AUD $43.44 or USD $30.12).
Bailey Ennis always knew she wanted to be a mother but decided to do it herself as she had no interest in being in a relationship.
After securing a sperm donor, Bailey purchased a DIY artificial insemination kit and fell pregnant on the first attempt in October 2021.
She welcomed her son, Lorenzo, a healthy baby boy weighing 5lbs 2oz (2.32 kg) in July this year.
Now she’s settling into life as a single mum, which she describes as ‘wonderful’.
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She added: “I’m so comfortable and happy being a single mum.”
Bailey also shared that while choosing her sperm donor, she wanted someone who looked ‘healthy’ and had prior experience.
She said: “I found someone who had a healthy medical record and had been a donor for two others before for two LGBTQ couples.
“I found my donor and we WhatsApped and met up for a coffee before both agreeing he would be my donor.”
Once her cycle lined up, she decided to use the at-home kit.
Her donor came over and even helped her with the process.
She said: “He brought over his donation and then helped me use the kit. It has sterile cups, syringes, ovulation tests and that's it."
Bailey continues to send updates to her sperm donor about Lorenzo as well.
According to Parents.com, the success rate for falling pregnant through artificial insemination ranges from five to 30 per cent.
The fertility procedure, when conducted at a clinic, can also cost up to USD$1,000 (AUD$1,441/£829); however, health insurance may cover additional expenses such as ultrasounds and blood work.
Last year, a woman from North Yorkshire, England, also conceived a baby after her first try when she purchased an at-home kit from eBay, according to Mirror.
Stephanie Taylor, 33, who gave birth to her daughter Frankie, decided to buy a DIY kit after finding out how much private fertility clinics cost.
After filtering through a few profiles, Stephanie found her sperm donor via the Just A Baby app.
The man dropped his sperm off at her house in January 2020.
"If I didn't have access to all that electronically then she wouldn't be here. But I'm over the moon to be a mum again and I'm proud of the way she came into the world," she said.
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