Kerry Katona has discussed getting her eggs harvested ready for when she and she and fiancé Ryan Mahoney decide to have children.
The former Atomic Kitten singer, 41, has been open about her plans to have a child with Ryan, 32, but does not want to carry the baby herself after nearly dying from complications while giving birth to daughter Dylan-Jorge (DJ), now seven.
After meeting a family who have been through the surrogacy process, Kerry said on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Tuesday: ‘We have got an appointment tomorrow about getting my eggs harvested. That is the next step, and that is as far as we are going.
The next step: Kerry Katona, 41, told Steph’s Packed Lunch on Tuesday is getting her eggs harvested ready for when she and she and fiancé Ryan Mahoney, 32, decide to have children
Earlier in the interview, Kerry said: ‘Ryan hasn’t biologically grown any of his children, he’s eight years younger than me.
‘I don’t want to rob Ryan of not having his own child, if that is a route we want to go down, but I don’t want to carry another child.’
Ryan added: ‘It’s something that down the line it might be more of a thought than a thing for me to be like,” I want more than I do at the minute”.
Past troubles: The former Atomic Kitten singer does not want to carry a baby herself as she nearly died while giving birth to seven-year-old daughter Dylan-Jorge (DJ)
Speaking out: Kerry said on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Tuesday: ‘We have got an appointment tomorrow about getting my eggs harvested. That is the next step’
How does surrogacy work and what are the laws in the UK?
Surrogacy is when a woman carries a baby for a couple who are unable to conceive or carry a child themselves.
Such couples may include those who have suffered recurrent miscarriages, repeated IVF failures, premature menopause or a hysterectomy.
The risks of being a surrogate mother are the same as for every pregnancy, and include nausea, heart burn and back ache.
In extreme cases, surrogates can suffer high blood pressure or gestational diabetes.
This involves using the surrogate’s egg and the intended father’s sperm.
It is the least expensive and simplest form of the procedure.
Host surrogacy requires IVF with either the intended mother’s eggs or donor eggs rather than those of the surrogate.
In this case, the surrogate is genetically unrelated to the baby.
Donor eggs can be from friends or relatives, or anonymously donated.
What are the laws?
Surrogacy is legal in the UK, however, it cannot be advertised.
No third parties are allowed to be involved and surrogates can only receive payments to cover expenses incurred as a result of being pregnant.
In the US, surrogacy costs around $100,000 (£75,879), with laws varying between states.
Source: Surrogacy UK
‘At the minute we’re so busy that it isn’t top of the list, but if it is going to happen, we need to get the ball rolling and start the process.’
The couple were told by Dr Helen Prosser that they were looking at spending an initial £25,000 on a surrogate to cover expenses including vitamins, clothing and childcare.
As well as DJ, Kerry is also mother to Molly, 20, and Lilly-Sue, 18, from her relationship with former Westlife singer Brian McFadden, 41, and Heidi, 14, and Maxwell, 13, from her relationship with Mark Croft, 50.
Future happiness: Earlier in the interview, Kerry said: ‘Ryan hasn’t biologically grown any of his children, he’s eight years younger than me. I don’t want to rob Ryan of not having his own child’
Harrowing: Kerry – pictured in 2014 with daughter DJ, now seven, and the late George Kay, who died in 2019 from a drug overdose – suffered complications during DJ’s birth
Taking it slow: Kerry, who accepted Ryan’s proposal in August last year, has previously said the couple are in no rush to get married, joking that may even elope in secret
She shared DJ with the late George Kay who died at the age of 39 in 2019 after a drug overdose.
Kerry revealed she was starting her surrogacy journey in June this year, saying at the time she was ‘not getting any younger’.
She revealed the company she was speaking to was created by Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, the UK’s first gay couple to welcome a child via surrogacy.
She told new! magazine: ‘I’m not getting any younger and I don’t want to be a mum in my sixties taking her kid to school.
‘So once I know all the steps I have to take, it will give me a good 20 years to be with my child. It’s exciting.’
Brood: As well as DJ, Kerry is mother to Molly, 20, and Lilly-Sue, 18, with former Westlife singer Brian McFadden, 41, and Heidi, 14, and Maxwell, 13, from her relationship with Mark Croft, 50