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61-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth to Her Own Granddaughter So Her Son Could Have a Child

When it comes to family, there’s not much we wouldn’t do for each other. And in regards to parents, what parent wouldn’t sacrifice everything to help their child? A woman named Cecile Eledge of Nebraska knew that her 32-year-old son Mathew and his husband Elliot Dougherty wanted more than anything to be parents. To help them make their dream a reality, Cecile did something that might give even the most devoted mother pause. Cecile volunteered to serve as a surrogate and carry their baby girl to term for them through pregnancy. Hiring a surrogate to carry one’s child is costly and who’s going to take care of an unborn baby more than a grandmother?


The couple had already started the process of IVF treatments, but they got the shock of their lives when Cecile made the offer to be their surrogate. In her own pregnancies, Cecile had no problems, so she considered it to be a wonderful experience. She was confident that her body could handle the daunting task of carrying a fetus to term. Giving birth at the age of 61 isn’t an easy feat, but she was willing to do it for her son. At first, they weren’t even sure that a doctor would allow a grandmother of Cecile’s age to carry a child. When they met with their reproductive endocrinologists, their doctors were ready to help.

It had been 30 years since Cecile’s last pregnancy and she had even gone through menopause 10 years before, but they went ahead and started the process. First, she had to undergo multiple tests that included pap smears, mammograms, ultrasounds, blood work, and cholesterol testing. To carry and birth an infant, she had to be in perfect physical condition, and she was. Then something amazing happened. Elliot’s sister donated one of her own eggs. So the baby that Cecile was carrying was biologically both her son’s child and his husband’s child.


Once Cecile passed all the tests, she started hormone treatments and Elliot’s sister’s eggs were fertilized using Mathew’s sperm. There were daunting challenges, but the pregnancy miraculously took on the first try when the fetus was implanted. Cecile handled it all like a champ and baby girl Uma was born naturally, no C-section needed.


When their little girl was born, the two dads were overcome with emotion and cried tears of joy.

Mathew described his mother in an interview with the Daily Mail, saying, “I don’t know how to describe her; she’s remarkable. I have such deep respect for her and am so gracious that even as a grown adult, she continues to go above and beyond for me.” Watch the video of their story below.


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