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Woman, 51, gives birth to her first grandchild after serving as a surrogate for her daughter

A 51-year-old woman has given birth to her granddaughter after serving as surrogate for her daughter and son-in-law. 

Julie Loving underwent an emergency C-section to safely deliver Briar Juliette Lockwood, her first grandchild, at a hospital in Illinois on November 2. 

Her daughter Breanna Lockwood and her husband Aaron, who are the baby girl’s biological parents, were by her side. 

Breanna, who has chronicled the couple’s struggles with fertility, said: ‘My mom was an absolute rockstar through a difficult delivery. The sacrifices she took to bring this little slice of heaven into our world takes my breath away.’  

Mom-of-two Julie, who had already been through menopause, said earlier this year that ‘health-wise she felt she could do it’. She has completed multiple Boston marathons and is ‘super into heath and fitness’, her daughter has said.  

In the US, surrogacy costs around $100,000, with laws varying between states. 

Julie Loving gave birth to her granddaughter after serving as surrogate for her daughter

Julie Loving underwent an emergency C-section to safely deliver Briar Juliette Lockwood, her first grandchild, at a hospital in Illinois on November 2

Julie Loving underwent an emergency C-section to safely deliver Briar Juliette Lockwood, her first grandchild, at a hospital in Illinois on November 2

Breanna Lockwood, from Chicago, and her husband-of-four-years Aaron, 28, have been trying to get pregnant since they got married. She is pictured with her baby daughter after mom Julie Loving underwent an emergency C-section to safely deliver Briar Juliette Lockwood

Mom-of-two Julie, who had already been through menopause, said earlier this year that 'health-wise she felt she could do it'. She has completed multiple Boston marathons and is 'super into heath and fitness', her daughter has said

Breanna Lockwood, from Chicago, and her husband-of-four-years Aaron, 28, have been trying to get pregnant since they got married. She is pictured with her baby daughter after mom Julie Loving underwent an emergency C-section to safely deliver Briar Juliette Lockwood

Breanna, from Chicago, and her husband of four years Aaron, 28, had been trying to get pregnant since they got married. 

The couple have endured seven surgical procedures, three rounds of harvesting eggs and four failed embryo transfers, as well as a single and twin miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy. 

Breanna has shared their painful struggle on her Instagram and Facebook pages over the past year, admitting in a recent post: ‘The trials and tribulations of infertility was undoubtedly the hardest venture we have had to face in our lives.’

Breanna Lockwood and her husband Aaron are the baby girl's biological parents

Breanna Lockwood and her husband Aaron are the baby girl’s biological parents

The embryo transfer took place on February 25

Breanna has shared the couple's painful struggle online over the past year, admitting: 'The trials and tribulations of infertility was undoubtedly the hardest venture we have had to face'

The embryo transfer took place on February 25. Breanna has shared the couple’s painful struggle online over the past year, admitting: ‘The trials and tribulations of infertility was undoubtedly the hardest venture we have had to face’

Breanna Lockwood, right, is pictured with her husband, left, parents center, and newborn daughter Briar

Breanna Lockwood, right, is pictured with her husband, left, parents center, and newborn daughter Briar

Breanna, from Chicago, and her husband of four years Aaron, 28, had been trying to get pregnant since they got married

Breanna, from Chicago, and her husband of four years Aaron, 28, had been trying to get pregnant since they got married

Then in June she posted a photo of Julie at 17 weeks pregnant, cradling her baby bump while she and Aaron hold up the ultrasound and an announcement board. 

She wrote: ‘My beautiful mama is carrying her first grandchild, Aaron and my biological child, as a gestational carrier!’ 

A gestational carrier is a woman who carries someone else’s biological child without donating any of her own eggs or DNA. 

Sharing pictures of baby Briar online Breanna said: ‘Holding my daughter in my arms my heart is bursting. 

‘The feeling of how I would do absolutely anything needed for this child is radiating through me when I look at her, and reflects back on what my mom did for me. ⁣’  

Breanna shared this image of her mom pregnant with her daughter in 2020

Breanna shared this image of her mom pregnant with her in 1990

Breanna shared these two images of her mom pregnant with her daughter in 2020, left, and with her in 1990, right 

In June Breanna posted a photo of Julie at 17 weeks pregnant, cradling her baby bump while she and Aaron hold up the ultrasound and an announcement board

In June Breanna posted a photo of Julie at 17 weeks pregnant, cradling her baby bump while she and Aaron hold up the ultrasound and an announcement board

Explaining the baby was 'made with a lot of love and a little bit of science', Breanna, 29, told how Julie, 51, is their gestational carrier

Explaining the baby was ‘made with a lot of love and a little bit of science’, Breanna, 29, told how Julie, 51, is their gestational carrier

Breanna told how Julie went ‘through the ringer of heath tests’ to see if she could qualify to be her surrogate. 

In fact, the mother-to-be says she was turned down by multiple reproductive doctors who said that her mom is too old to be a surrogate, despite the fact that she is in ‘tip top’ shape physically. 

She also took a leave of absence from her job at a grocery store due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

‘Starting this venture i was told “no” by multiple REs [reproductive endocrinologists] as the standard age cut off is 45,’ Breanna explained.

In the end however, it was Julie’s healthy, active lifestyle that convinced doctors she would be able to carry a child safely. 

Discussing the pregnancy Breanna added: ‘We are over the moon excited, but it took a long hard road to get here.’  ⁣     

She said she plans daily visits to see her mom, who lives just 15 minutes away.     

Julie, pictured at 11 weeks pregnant, is one of only a handful of surrogates across the US to deliver their grandchild via gestational surrogacy

In the US, surrogacy costs around $100,000, with laws varying between states

Julie is one of only a handful of surrogates across the US to deliver their grandchild via gestational surrogacy

What is surrogacy and how does it work? 

Surrogacy is when a woman carries a baby for a couple who are unable to conceive or carry a child themselves.

Such couples may include those who have suffered recurrent miscarriages, repeated IVF failures, premature menopause or a hysterectomy.

The risks of being a surrogate mother are the same as for every pregnancy, and include nausea, heart burn and back ache.

In extreme cases, surrogates can suffer high blood pressure or gestational diabetes.

Straight surrogacy

This involves using the surrogate’s egg and the intended father’s sperm.

It is the least expensive and simplest form of the procedure.

Host surrogacy

Host surrogacy requires IVF with either the intended mother’s eggs or donor eggs rather than those of the surrogate.

In this case, the surrogate is genetically unrelated to the baby.

Donor eggs can be from friends or relatives, or anonymously donated.

What are the laws? 

In the US, surrogacy costs around $100,000, with laws varying between states.

Source: Surrogacy UK




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