This month MoM members could WIN 1 of 20 copies of an incredible memoir of generosity, hope and surrogacy, entitled  Labour of Love

Shannon Garner met and married the man of her dreams, had two gorgeous children and lived an idyllic life on the New South Wales coast. So why did she decide one day to pursue altruistic surrogacy? And what made her choose a gay male couple from Sydney?

Labour of Love is Shannon’s honest and engaging story – a rollercoaster of emotion set against the backdrop of a highly regulated ‘industry’. This is no account of heartache and conflict but an uplifting story of ‘a collective love’ – one that involves a handful of people from very different walks of life who end up being so much more than family.

As Shannon travels her journey of body, mind and soul, she lays bare the loving reality behind surrogacy, but also the trouble she found along the way.

Finding strength in unexpected places, Shannon pushed past the negativity of others to discover the courage she needed to selflessly carry and birth a baby that will not be her own – and to bring the gift of a precious life and soul into the world, to be loved and cared for by her new adoring parents.

Watch Shannon share her story with Channel 10 here.


Please note this competition is open from 27th July 2016 until 14th August 2016 and is only available to members of Mouths Of Mums. This competition is a game of skill – answer in 50 words or less. We are unable to accept entries posted via facebook. Facebook LIKE functionality is not a requirement of entry to this competition. The winners of this competition will be published on this page. Winners’ name and address will be provided to the promoter of this competition and prizes will be sent to the address you have in Your Profile. Please ensure your details are up to date so that you receive your prize.

Winners for this competition

  1. F. Mohsin - WA
  2. M. Bull - QLD
  3. A. Dawson - NSW
  4. M. Neville - SA
  5. S. Wiffen - QLD
  6. D. Bebbington - WA
  7. R. Hayward - NSW
  8. S. Venkat - NSW
  9. M. Lesley - SA
  10. E. Martins - NSW
  11. B. Downey - QLD
  12. R. Yard - QLD
  13. A. Wheaton - NSW
  14. J. Finn - VIC
  15. R. McNamara - VIC
  16. K. Leddy - SA
  17. S. Biggs - QLD
  18. H. Jones - QLD
  19. L. Williams - VIC
  20. T. Burrows - QLD

  • Truth, love and determination are the 3 things I love to read about.

  • As a mum of 5 little darlings, I know the indescribable joy that a new little life brings to the world. I would love to read this story of Shannon’s journey down this inspiring and life changing road.

  • I would like to learn more about the surrogacy process in Australia, for interest sake only at this point in time.

  • The gift of life is always precious and to bring this reality to any couple through a world of negativity and criticism is such a beautiful thing, and a story everyone should read and take lessons from.

  • My daughter was having problems conceiving. I decided if she had not fallen pregnant with IVF, in the next 6 months I would be a surrogate for her and her husband. Thank goodness the treatment worked. The emotion and the torment of people that can’ conseve is dreadful. That’s why.

  • surrogacy is an amazing thing and to read someones journey would be emotional

  • Sounds amazing I love stories of triumph

  • To see how she helped people so desperate to have their own family… It takes a heart of gold to do what she did… something not many could to do…

  • I am having trouble conceiving so this book just might be the answer to open my mind to new possibilities and experiences, such as surrogacy.

  • i have a family friend going through something similar at the moment to be able to understand her better would be awesome

  • To read a first hand account of what it is like to go through the rigours of such a heavily regulated system and her personal journey of inner strength and love.

  • I think it would be inspiring as today people are so busy analysing the consequences of their actions that they miss the opportunity to be of service. We all need a hand somewhen in our life and we could all be gracious in accepting help and honoring those who provide it.

  • This tells a story of what things are like today. It sounds as if it could be quite an emotional read!

  • I love true stories like this. They bring me back down to earth and remind me that everyone has different struggles and always to help others.

  • There’s a lot of ignorance in this world and when someone like Shannon is generous enough to share her story, it presents an amazing opportunity to learn about a topic I know little about. I’d love to educate myself and learn more about surrogacy, same-sex parenting and generosity.

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