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My family

CATHERINE TREAGUSMULLAN SHARES HER EXPERIENCE OF BEING NON-BIRTH MUM TO TWIN BOYS AS TOLD TO DANIELLE MUSTARDE

Jules and I met online in 2009. I sent her a message and got the reply: “I know who you are” (stalker). It turned out we’d both gone to the same university! From day one we both spoke of our desire to start a family one day.

Jules and I were married in January 2012. We started trying for a family not long after through a brilliant clinic in Manchester. Where Jules was keen to experience being pregnant, I had no urge to carry myself, and have never felt the need to be genetically related to my children so we ruled out egg sharing and started with IUI (intrauterine insemination). After three failed attempts, we moved onto IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and a different unknown donor. Choosing a donor is the most bizarre shopping experience I’ve ever had. We poured over profiles until we were blue in the face, but in the end, settled on the one who just “felt right”.

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We’ve scored big this month, netting a photo shoot with WNBA legend Sue Bird. In an exclusive cover interview with DIVA editor Carrie Lyell, Bird opens up about her 15 seasons in the league, her relationship with US soccer star Megan Rapinoe, and tells us why it’s taken her until now to talk publicly about her sexuality. Also in this issue… DIVA Power List 2017: Who are your movers and shakers of the past 12 month? “I could fall in love with anybody” - singer songwriter Rae Morris chats to DIVA’s Roxy Bourdillon about sexual fluidity Model Queers: We meet the badass women challenging beauty ideals Lucie Barât: “We’re all rock and roll” She shoots, she scores: We catch up with gifted striker Lianne Sanderson The family who play together: Some of our favourite sportswomen thank their loved ones Do you speak #Lesmoji? Try our film quiz. PLUS: Travel, family, reviews and more!
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