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Serving as a gestational carrier for her daughter, a 51-year-old woman gave birth to her granddaughter this month.


The family welcomed Briar, a healthy baby girl, in an Illinois hospital on Nov. 2. Julie Loving, 51, delivered the newborn with her daughter, Breanna Lockwood, by her side.


"My mom was an absolute rockstar through a difficult delivery," Lockwood wrote in an Instagram post announcing the birth. "The sacrifices she took to bring this little slice of heaven into our world takes my breath away."


Lockwood confirmed that Briar and her mother are doing "fantastic and healthy." 


The mother-daughter duo has been widely followed on Instagram, where Lockwood shares their surrogacy journey with more than 129,000 followers.



In one post, Lockwood explained the process. After struggling with infertility, she and her husband, Aaron, had their reproductive DNA fertilized and frozen via in vitro fertilization (IVF). Loving enthusiastically volunteered to be the surrogate.


"My mom breezed through every preliminary test she took, to be able to give us this gift. Defying the odds at 51 years old, shes pushing reproductive science out of the box."


Dr. Brian Kaplan, reproductive endocrinologist at the Fertility Centers of Illinois and Lockwood's physician, explained that Loving "passed all tests to be Breannas gestational carrier evaluations with a high-risk obstetrician, her own OBGYN, her primary care physician and a psychologist and has now delivered a healthy baby."


"It is important to note that this is a very, very uncommon situation, there were exceptional circumstances and exceptional relationships that made this possible," said Kaplan, who congratulates the family and shares their excitement in welcoming baby Briar. "I saw Breanna endure a mountain of heartache and this celebratory milestone is long overdue."


Lockwood, who has experienced multiple miscarriages, also uses her story for infertility and pregnancy/infant loss awareness to remind those struggling similarly that they are not alone.


The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development reports that about 9% of men and 11% of women in the U.S. have experienced fertility problems. And according to the Winne Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage.


"1 in 4. Let's break the stigma," Lockwood writes. "You are not alone."



When she welcomed 7-pound, 1-ounce Briar, Lockwood found inspiration and strength from her mother's gift.


"Holding my daughter in my arms, my heart is bursting," Lockwood writes. "The feeling of how I would do absolutely anything needed for this child is radiating through me when I look at her, and reflects back on what my mom did for me."


Source: https://www.usatoday.com

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51-year-old woman gives birth to her own granddaughter

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Serving as a gestational carrier for her daughter, a 51-year-old woman gave birth to her granddaughter this month.


The family welcomed Briar, a healthy baby girl, in an Illinois hospital on Nov. 2. Julie Loving, 51, delivered the newborn with her daughter, Breanna Lockwood, by her side.


"My mom was an absolute rockstar through a difficult delivery," Lockwood wrote in an Instagram post announcing the birth. "The sacrifices she took to bring this little slice of heaven into our world takes my breath away."


Lockwood confirmed that Briar and her mother are doing "fantastic and healthy." 


The mother-daughter duo has been widely followed on Instagram, where Lockwood shares their surrogacy journey with more than 129,000 followers.



In one post, Lockwood explained the process. After struggling with infertility, she and her husband, Aaron, had their reproductive DNA fertilized and frozen via in vitro fertilization (IVF). Loving enthusiastically volunteered to be the surrogate.


"My mom breezed through every preliminary test she took, to be able to give us this gift. Defying the odds at 51 years old, shes pushing reproductive science out of the box."


Dr. Brian Kaplan, reproductive endocrinologist at the Fertility Centers of Illinois and Lockwood's physician, explained that Loving "passed all tests to be Breannas gestational carrier evaluations with a high-risk obstetrician, her own OBGYN, her primary care physician and a psychologist and has now delivered a healthy baby."


"It is important to note that this is a very, very uncommon situation, there were exceptional circumstances and exceptional relationships that made this possible," said Kaplan, who congratulates the family and shares their excitement in welcoming baby Briar. "I saw Breanna endure a mountain of heartache and this celebratory milestone is long overdue."


Lockwood, who has experienced multiple miscarriages, also uses her story for infertility and pregnancy/infant loss awareness to remind those struggling similarly that they are not alone.


The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development reports that about 9% of men and 11% of women in the U.S. have experienced fertility problems. And according to the Winne Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage.


"1 in 4. Let's break the stigma," Lockwood writes. "You are not alone."



When she welcomed 7-pound, 1-ounce Briar, Lockwood found inspiration and strength from her mother's gift.


"Holding my daughter in my arms, my heart is bursting," Lockwood writes. "The feeling of how I would do absolutely anything needed for this child is radiating through me when I look at her, and reflects back on what my mom did for me."


Source: https://www.usatoday.com

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