Woman Spends All Her Savings to Become a Single Mom and Gives Birth to Baby with Down Syndrome

Brittany Chalmers
Mar 11, 2022
12:20 A.M.

When a woman in her forties wanted to have a baby, she relied on a sperm donor and was excited when she fell pregnant. Her son was perfect and completed the proud mother's life.


Michelle Elizaga's journey to motherhood was unconventional but left her feeling empowered. She was in her forties and excited at the prospect of having a child by herself.

The Arizona woman did not want to wait for a partner any longer, so she took matters into her own hands. While she still dreamed of finding a romantic partner, it did not work out as she imagined it would.

[Left] A woman in her forties has a baby by herself; [Right] A proud mom and her baby. | Source: instagram.com/micheleelizaga

[Left] A woman in her forties has a baby by herself; [Right] A proud mom and her baby. | Source: instagram.com/micheleelizaga


Elizaga shared: "I have never been married, and it has been such a long time since my last serious boyfriend." When one of her friends told her about a sperm donor, she could not stop thinking about it.

She needed to put her plan into motion before her "time ran out" and was fortunate to have $5,000 in savings. Acquiring a single vial of sperm from a donor was pricey, and doctors told her it was unlikely to yield results after the first attempt.




Elizaga needed it to work because she had no financial reserves for a second vial. Two weeks passed before she anxiously took a pregnancy test. Elizaga was in disbelief when it revealed that she was indeed expecting a baby.

She expressed: "I was in complete shock, but I was so happy."

At her 12-week scan, doctors performed prenatal testing, which determined she was having a baby boy. However, the test also revealed other potential consequences.



Doctors told her the baby boy's chances of having Down syndrome were high. The mom-to-be said: "I was devastated. I cried a ton. But I knew that I was still going to have this baby."

She was shocked when it was confirmed that her child had the condition and felt ill-prepared to deal with it. Before her child's birth, she researched as much as possible and was ready when baby Matthew was born in June 2019.



The post-birth journey was challenging, and her baby spent two months in the neonatal intensive care unit before coming home. However, the wait was worth it.

“I wouldn't change it for the world and I couldn't imagine him any other way. He is just amazing and I am so grateful for being his mom.



In a selfless act of love, parents sometimes sacrifice their comfort to ensure their children have the best opportunities and quality of life.

A dad in Russia chose his daughter over his marriage and is now a happy single father. When his wife wanted to place their child in foster care because she had Down syndrome, the father decided otherwise.



In 2018 Evgeny Anisimov became the proud father of his baby girl, Misha. Even though her mom abandoned her, Misha will be showered with love and affection for life with a father like Anisimov.

Anisimov's story is similar to that of Elizaga, who did not think twice before embracing her child despite him being different. They love their children all the more for the joy they bring to their lives and the world.

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