Liverpool woman is surrogate for brother and his husband

United front: Intended father Brendan McQuiggin, with egg donor Corrinne Hocking, surrogate mother Ashlee Mataele, and husband David McQuiggin. Picture: Gabby Secomb-Flegg, Jaded Images.
United front: Intended father Brendan McQuiggin, with egg donor Corrinne Hocking, surrogate mother Ashlee Mataele, and husband David McQuiggin. Picture: Gabby Secomb-Flegg, Jaded Images.

For one local couple, having a baby always seemed like a far-fetched dream.

They started their relationship the same way many people do. They dated, married, but always longed to start a family.

“David and I met back in 2007 when we were both studying to become sign language interpreters with the Deaf Society of NSW in Parramatta,” said Hinchinbrook resident Brendan McQuiggin.

“I always wanted to have my own child and David was always very supportive of this.

Gift of life: Liverpool resident and surrogate mother Ashlee Mataele with brother David McQuiggin and his husband Brendan McQuiggin. Picture: Gabby Secomb-Flegg, Jaded Images.

Gift of life: Liverpool resident and surrogate mother Ashlee Mataele with brother David McQuiggin and his husband Brendan McQuiggin. Picture: Gabby Secomb-Flegg, Jaded Images.

“He knew what it meant to be a dad as he had three children of his own and he wanted me to experience the same amazing blessings that he did.

With our last weeks of pregnancy on its way, I cannot tell you how excited I am to hand over this beautiful baby boy to my brother and his husband, to see that look on their faces.

Ashlee Mataele

“We had planned to get married and ensure that I finished my university degree before having another child.”

The pair had considered adopting, but many road blocks stood in their way.

That is when Mr McQuiggin’s sister-in-law Ashlee Mataele decided to step in.

“Over the last eight-plus years I have watched David and Brendan’s love grow and grow,” she said.

“I had never seen my brother so happy until he opened up about his homosexual relationship with Brendan.

“So when my husband John and I saw that David and Brendan were researching international surrogacy for it to only disappoint them with India changing their laws against same sex couples being able to access surrogacy ... I thought to myself, why?

“Why should they have to go overseas? Why should Brendan have to miss out on experiencing the whole pregnancy? It is wrong.

“He should be able to experience the whole pregnancy just as any other person does.”

Now in the final weeks of the pregnancy, Mrs Mataele said she was honoured to be able to give the gift of life to the two fathers.

“You can not put any price on that,” she said. 

“Surrogacy is truly an amazing gift.”

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