'I am retiring – this uterus is closing shop': Super surrogate gives birth to 15th baby… but family are convinced it won't be her last
15:45 GMT, 10 April 2012
An American woman has given birth to 15 babies however only
four of the children are her own.
Meredith Olafson, a 47-year-old woman from North Dakota, has
acted as a surrogate mother for the past 13 years, producing 11 children for
According to Jay, her husband, the super surrogate is driven
by the sad stories she hears about other couples who are not able to conceive.
Mrs Olafson said that she 'never went into this to make money.'
Wonder mom: Meredith Olafson, a North Dakota woman, has given birth to 15 babies – but only four of them are her own. Her family said she won't stop although she says that she will
While acting as a gestational carrier, which is a surrogate
who has no biological link to the babies she produces for others because she
does not provide her own egg and uterus, Mrs Olafson has given birth to two
sets of triplets, one set of twins and three single babies as well as her own
She gave birth to a baby girl almost two weeks ago, who
went to a South Dakota couple. It was her sixth pregnancy.
Mrs Olafson is often approached by couples rather than seeking them
Prior to the recent baby’s arrival, she said to the Today
show: 'I am retiring after this one, this uterus is closing shop.'
No weight gain: She said she barely puts on any weight during each pregnancy and avoids morning sickness
But her family has said it is not the first time the super
surrogate has expressed a desire to stop.
Mrs Olafson's unusual road to delivery also contributes to
her decision to serve as a surrogate mother.
She has never experienced morning sickness throughout her pregnancies and she only puts on a
minimal amount of weight. She usually works right up until the day she delivers
But the most surprisingly and enviable part of all Mrs Olafson's delivery
time has been consistently short.
Overjoyed: Jody Wegges (pictured above) and her husband Dan are just one of the couples who have used Mrs Olafson for her services
Special delivery: The triplets she gave birth to for Mrs Wegges, who are now healthy 12-year-old children
'My longest was my oldest daughter,' Olafson said. 'She took
me an hour and 15-minutes to deliver. My second daughter took me 30-minutes and
the last two took me 20-minutes.'
Surrogate mothers can fetch up to $250,000 per child, however,
Mrs Olafson said she has earned far more modest payments for her incredible
'I would be a millionaire if I lived on the east coast [of
America],' she said.
She added that she found joy in other couple's happiness.
Kind heart: She told the Today show that she is not motivated by money but instead, she is motivated by the sad stories she hears of other couples who are not able to conceive
'When you see those parent's faces, when they see that
ultrasound for the first time and they see that heart beat beating, or they get
to hear that heartbeat, that's priceless right there.'
Dan and Jody Wegges are just one of the couples who have used
Mrs Olafson for her surrogacy services. They had heard about her through word
The couple now have a set of triplets who are 12-years-old.
Mrs Wegges said of Mrs Olafson: 'I love her. I just… there's
not words to express how I feel about her.'