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51-Year-Old Woman Becomes Pregnant With Her Own Grandchild for Infertile Daughter

When it comes to our children, there’s just not much that moms won’t go through. My daughter asked me hypothetically a while back if I would “be willing” to give her a kidney if she ever needed one. Without hesitation, I said, “I’d give you both of them.” If something happened to my child and I could have prevented it, how would I even go on? And no, I don’t have a death wish. It’s just the nature of motherhood and it’s almost every mom I’ve ever known. A 51-year-old woman had her motherly convictions put to the test and as you’d expect, stepped up to deliver. Literally.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), infertility affects about six percent of married American women. When one of those women realized she would be unable to have a baby, her mom stepped in and agreed to carry her own grandchild so that her daughter could have the ultimate joy of having her own child. Julia Loving is 51 years old and she became her daughter Breanna Lockwood’s gestational carrier when the younger woman failed to conceive. Now, Julia is being called “surrograndma.” The pair did an interview with Today Parents, and she said, “It’s been a textbook pregnancy. Everything’s been perfect.”

 

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If Breanna had to pay for a surrogate, it would be expensive, and most gestational carriers received more than $100,000. That’s a lot of money, but if a couple can’t have a child of their own and can afford it, most will happily pay up. The thing is, Julia offered as soon as she learned that Breanna was having trouble getting pregnant, but Breanna refused her mother’s offer. “I knew she wanted to be helpful, but I just kept kind of saying no,” Lockwood said. However, the topic came up again at a doctor’s appointment when Breanna took Julia along.

 

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The doctor, Dr. Kaplan, was surprised. “Normally a gestational carrier should be under 40 years, but in medicine, you have to look at an individual and personalize it,” he said.

He discussed the possibility with his colleagues and they agreed to go through with it providing Julia could “go through all these hoops to make sure she was as healthy as possible [and] as educated as possible about the risks involved,” he said. The team took it very seriously and agreed that it was certainly unique, and it was absolutely exceptional and not something they would ordinarily attempt. Finally, Julia was approved as a surrogate for Breanna and her husband.

 

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We read a story a while back about a 60-something mom who carried a baby for her son and his husband. It was a remarkable story and she did it, and even gave birth naturally. That’s a bond that she will always have with the child, who was a girl. We imagine that this mother will feel the same way. It’s the most beautiful sacrifice. Julia is currently 35 weeks pregnant.

 

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“I’m so ready. We’re so lucky and fortunate that this was able to happen for us,” Breanna said.

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