When I met Caitlin in January 2010 I couldn’t help but fall for her.
She was originally from Scotland and her charm and the way she made me
feel so special and the only girl in the world was immense! She already
had 2 sons, Brett and Ashton whom she had via a clinic by artificial
insemination. This cost her a fortune but she wanted to be a mother so
We became inseparable and moved in together in March 2010. The
boys became like my own, they didn’t get on with Caitlin’s ex and their
father was an anonymous donor. They called me mum from months into us
all living together. In August 2011 we had our civil ceremony with our
closest family and friends...I felt the happiest girl alive!
Thinking back I had an extreme urge to have a baby of my own from
around October 2011. The feeling was so strong and I told Caitlin that
it was time to look at the options available to us. We found the Pride
Angel site in December 2011 and spent hours trawling the sperm donors
on the site and looking at information about how to do 'home
insemination'. Caitlin had always found the insemination at the clinic
too 'clinical' so we decided to try ourselves. We found an ideal sperm
donor and after a few messages back and forth decided that we really
wanted him to help us.
I felt uncertain about meeting our potential donor but Caitlin arranged
to meet him to find out more. He was a kind, caring and genuine man.
His sister had problems conceiving and therefore he wanted to help
those people who can’t have children themselves. He told us to let him
know as soon as we knew when I was ovulating and we could arrange to meet
him for the sperm donation. I bought the deluxe home insemination kit,
we did a few tests runs before the big day.
I used ovulation sticks to monitor my most fertile days and it was
whilst we were away at a family resort (on our last day there luckily!)
that we got the smiley face and I was ovulating! We contacted our donor
straight away and arranged to collect the sample.
That evening we used the speculum, syringe and syringe extenders. We
bought a special lubricant which helped the sperm live longer and move
quicker. It was so tense at first, we couldn’t quite believe how far we
had come since we first met. We managed to relax in the comfort of our
own home, surrounded by candles and a few cheeky drinks :) After the
insemination I lay with my bottom in the air against the wall for 20
minutes. I climaxed twice, legs still up the wall. (this is advised as
gentle contractions in your uterus can help the sperm along into the
The 2 week wait was horrendous. I went through a rollercoaster of
emotions... sad, angry, excited, worried...
On the day of my due period Caitlin was worried about me, we were both
so stressed and just needed to know the outcome. So... we did a test.
There was one dark line across the test instantly and we needed a
vertical line for a positive. Caitlin wouldn’t let me see it until the
full 3 minutes was up!
As we uncovered the test after 3 minutes Caitlin had a massive grin
across her face. She had snuck a peek just before. There was a line
making a cross = positive. We could not believe it. After one attempt
we were pregnant!! I screamed my head off and Brett and Ashton rushed
in, we told them and tears streamed down their faces. I could barely
breathe and couldn’t believe it. The day after we did further tests
just to make sure...all positive.
I am now 4 weeks pregnant and couldn’t be happier. We are already
buying baby stuff and making plans for our new arrival!
We would always recommend the Pride Angel insemination kits. We believe
the syringe extenders were vital in getting the sperm in exactly the
Thank you Pride Angel!! We will keep you updated on the progress of our
Winning article: by Rachel and Caitlin 15th July 2012
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