Charmaine Staal

by Sam everingham

Posted on 2017-04-23 at 06:11:36

Charmaine is 35 years old and moved to Brisbane from NZ 12 years ago. She has four children of her own and one son who’s no longer with us. Charmaine has wanted to be a surrogate from the age of 15 and when she lost her son it made the urge to help others even stronger.  She has been on this adventure for 4 years now and in that time experienced 8 transfers and three miscarriages. The 8th transfer was the magic one and Charmaine gave birth in October 2017


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