A woman dealing with infertility is getting ready to welcome her first child into the world after her 51-year-old mother offered to carry the baby as a gestational surrogate.
Breanna Lockwood posts about her journey of surrogacy on her Instagram page ivf.surrogacy.diary, and explained on Monday that her mother, Julie, offered multiple times to carry a baby for her daughter and husband, Aaron, after Breanna learned from her doctor that her uterus was incapable of growing a child.
Breanna says she initially laughed at the thought of her mother, who had already gone through menopause, being her surrogate.
“But she was persistent. One thing about my mom is when she sets her mind to something, she goes for it,” Breanna wrote. “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.”
Breanna and Aaron had already been through IVF and had embryos frozen.
They decided to go forward with having Julie be their surrogate, so a fertility doctor used hormone therapy to take her out of menopause and prep her body to carry the baby.
Julie is currently 36 weeks pregnant with her daughter and son-in-law’s baby girl and her first grandchild.
“This has been the wildest ride of our lives,” Breanna wrote. “We are so grateful for my mom and that we were given this opportunity.”
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A lot of new followers here! Quick recap! My name is Breanna and my husband here is Aaron! In the middle is my sweet mama who’s 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐫! We are over the moon excited, but it took a long hard road to get here. After many many years of infertility and loss, we had our doctor come to us and say that ultimately my uterus was incapable of growing a child. On our path to become parents, I had a few miscarriages, and one that required a D&C (procedure to remove pregnancy) and I developed a condition called Ashermans Syndrome. Ashermans Syndrome is where bands of scar tissue form inside your uterus. Most commonly from a D&C procedure. Google will tell you it’s rare, but that’s not true. It mostly goes undiagnosed. I had no idea this could happen prior to going in to the operating room that day, and I am still devastated by it. My mama came to me multiple times offering to carry for us. 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! We love hearing how far this story has reached, comment below where you’re from ♥ 📸: @oatsandhoneyphotography
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