NEW YORK (VINnews) — Many couples go through excruciating difficulties in order to have children of their own, including expensive fertility treatments which do not always succeed. Some couples are forced to find a surrogate in order to bear children of their own. 29-year old Brianna Lockwood went through two painful miscarriages, an ectopic pregnancy and numerous IVF treatments before she and her husband Aaron were told that they should pursue a surrogate mother for their child if they dreamed of parenthood.
At this point Brianna’s mother, 51-year-old Julie Loving, stepped in and offered to be the gestational carrier of her own grandchild. Brianna described what happened next on her Instagram page:
“My response? I laughed. “you crazy!?” lol… I did not think that was even possible. My mom, Julie, is 51 years old and had already been through menopause! But she was persistent. One thing about my mom is when she sets her mind to something, she goes for it. She’s a hardcore athlete, who’s completed multiple Boston marathons and super into heath and fitness. She sets a goal and she goes for it.
“Since we already had been through IVF, and my husband and I had no issues creating embryos with my egg and his sperm. Half the work was done. Our embryos were frozen already waiting for us. Once our fertility doctor was on board, he prepared my moms body to carry, taking her out of menopause through hormone therapy, and the rest fell into place.
“Julie is 36 weeks with our baby girl! Her first grandchild! This has been the wildest ride of our lives. We are so grateful for my mom and that we were given this opportunity … I don’t think there’s ever been a morning I don’t wake up and pinch myself.
“Thanks for joining us on this adventure!”
Julie gave birth to her healthy granddaughter on November 2nd.
This 51-year-old woman just gave birth to her own granddaughter. Julie Loving acted as a gestational surrogate for her daughter Breanna Lockwood and son-in-law Aaron, giving birth to a healthy granddaughter Briar on November 2 pic.twitter.com/L046hpwQsN
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 12, 2020