Jessica Mc Callin has already chosen a name for her unborn daughter.
She will be called Freya, after the Norse goddess of fertility.
‘I’d found out about the Danish sperm bank through a friend.
It occupied a few rooms in a tasteful period building in the centre of Copenhagen. I didn’t feel a thing as she carried out the procedure, and it was over within minutes.
‘Some time back, a gay friend offered to be a donor, but I decided against it because I thought it may cause complications.
But beyond those few physical characteristics, neither Jessica nor Freya will know any more.
This is because last June, Jessica, 36, flew to Copenhagen and was artificially inseminated with the sperm of an anonymous Danish donor — and more and more British women are doing exactly the same thing.
And Jessica, who has a brother and three sisters, feels confident she has made the right choice for her.‘I don’t have a single regret.
I have loved being pregnant and I am looking forward to meeting my daughter. By my late 20s, I was in a relationship and I thought I would get married and have them the usual way. It would have been nice to have met someone to share my life with, but it hasn’t happened. But when I turned 35, I read a raft of articles about a woman’s fertility dropping sharply from 35.‘There was no major desperation that gripped me.
And in April 2005, anonymity for donors in the UK was removed, meaning donor-conceived children can now find out the identity of their father when they turn 18.