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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Archer

"I crowdfunded my baby"

As her finger hovered over her laptop, Rebecca Sweringen's hand shook with nerves. She was just one click away from launching an online fundraising campaign - but with a difference.

She wasn't looking for cash to start a new business or raising money for charity.

Instead, after 18 years of trying for a baby, Rebecca had decided her only option left was to crowdfund the IVF treatment she so desperately needed.

"I'd have given an arm and a leg to have a baby," says Rebecca, 42, an English teacher who lives in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

After an 18-year struggle to become a mum, Rebecca turned to strangers for help.

She shared her story with me.

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