61-Year-Old Nebraska Grandma Gives Birth to Her Son and His Husband's Baby

Matthew Eledge and Elliot Dougherty never knew what their fate had in store when they were looking for a surrogate for their baby. Little did they know Matthew’s mother would be the one to bear their child. 

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I've been scrolling through these pictures non-stop ever since we received them last night, and I can't even believe this is real life. As most of you know, this year my sister underwent a surgery that allowed us to retrieve several of her eggs. Several healthy embryos were created out of those eggs. Then, Matthew's mother stepped forward and offered us the greatest gift of all. She offered to carry our baby for us. Our first daughter, being created in the womb of her grandmother. It has been such a beautiful journey. We are so incredibly grateful. I can't even begin to describe and capture all of the feelings I have looking at these images. What an honor it is to have these two women in our life. What a beautiful gift this has all been. We are so excited that Uma Louise will be joining us earth side here in a few weeks. I love her deeply and immensely already. Photographs by @arielpanowicz

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Matthew’s mother Cecile could not help but offer to be the gestational carrier for him and his husband Elliot when they shared that they were planning to start their family. 

“If you want me to be the gestational carrier, I’d do it in a heartbeat.”

Recalling her own parental journey, she thought giving birth would be a great experience for her again.

The couple was touched by Cecile’s gesture but they thought it was not possible for her to bear a child, given that she was a 61-year-old postmenopausal woman.

During a visit to reproductive endocrinologists to discuss surrogacy options, Matthew mentioned his mother’s offer. Upon hearing it, his doctor Dr. Carolyn Maud Doherty wanted to see whether Matthew’s number might be eligible for surrogacy. 

Giving their luck a push, the couple took their mother to Reproductive Health Specialists at Methodist Women’s Hospital in Omaha, where they ran several tests. 

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Thank you to everyone for checking in and sending such loving and amazing messages! I am sorry I haven't been able to respond to everyone yet. But I just wanted to give a little update. Our first night home went well. Our life really exists in two hour intervals now. I have so much love in my heart. It makes me feel so brave and courageous and fierce. All of my initial worries and concerns have dissipated. I know we've got this. Matthew is an incredible dad. I didn't know I could love him any deeper than I already did, but watching him with her is so beautiful. And having such a wonderful outreach makes me realize how many people we have to rely on. What a secure feeling. Love to all of you. ♥️

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To their amazement, Cecile turned out to be in a good shape to carry a fetus to term. After all the arrangements were made, she conceived a child with Elliot’s sister ovum.

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🖤🖤🖤

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Nine months later, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl naturally. The baby, named Uma Louise weighed 5 pounds and 13 ounces during birth. 

In a similar story, a 55-year-old woman became a surrogate for her daughter who is unable to carry a baby.

Tracey Smith was over the moon when her mother, Emma Miles, offered to bear her child. She lost 38kgs before attempting the treatment so that she could carry her daughter’s child. 

She gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Evie Siân Emma Smith on 16 January 2019. 

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