A 58-year-old US woman is
set to give birth in a few weeks — to her first grandchild.
Julia Navarro is serving as
a gestational surrogate for her daughter and son-in-law after the couple
struggled with fertility
Navarro's daughter Lorena
McKinnon said she began trying to have a baby with her husband, Micah McKinnon,
three years ago.
The 32-year-old, from
Provo, Utah, said she's had about a dozen miscarriages, with the longest
pregnancy lasting 10 weeks.
After several tries, the
couple began looking for a surrogate. McKinnon said a friend and sister both
considered carrying her baby, but ultimately decided against it.
your mother took synthetic oestrogen, you may be at risk for fertility
A mother's help
That's when her mother
offered to step in.
"As a family, we have
to help each other," Navarro told The Salt Lake Tribune.
Navarro had to undergo
hormone shots for three months before an embryo fertilised by her daughter and
son-in-law could be implanted. Because of her age, doctors had warned there was
only a 45% chance the implantation would be successful.
But the procedure was a
success, and Navarro said she's had a smooth pregnancy carrying a developing
As with other surrogacy
arrangements, the couple and Navarro needed three months of counselling.
wanted to make sure we knew what we were getting into – that we were mentally
prepared," McKinnon said. "Mostly, surrogacy contracts are with people
you don't know. It was weird to have a contract with my mom."
It's unclear how rare it is
for a woman to carry her own grandchild, but recent news reports have detailed
Last year, a 53-year-old
Iowa woman gave birth to her twin granddaughters. And in 2012, a 49-year-old
woman in Maine gave birth to her grandson.
Mother and daughter bonding
McKinnon said she was
grateful and overwhelmed by her mother's offer, which eases some of the
obstacles and financial burdens for parents using a gestational surrogate.
Both she and her daughter
said they've bonded over the experience.
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