This is incredible in so many ways - Virginia woman passes gift of motherhood to her infertile daughter by carrying and giving birth to her own grandchild!
What a remarkable story of mother love! After her 35-year-old daughter Sara Connell of Chicago discovered she could not conceive or carry a baby on her own, her mom Kristine Caseystepped in and offered to act as her surrogate.
The amazing thing is, Kristine is 61 - and had gone through menopause 10 years before!
With the help of hormone supplements, Kristine, who lives in Virginia, became pregnant with Sara and her husband Bill's embryo during her second round of in-vitro fertilization. She carried the baby full-term. Little Finnean came into this world via a C-section last week at Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago.
"The idea of having a family member being open to doing this for us was so extraordinary," Sara Connell told the Chicago Tribune. Kristine said it was a spirtual calling to carry her daughter's baby - and that being pregnant with her own children were the happiest days of her life.
As wonderfully as this labor of love turned out, many of us may be thinking, how can this be safe? But doctors say using an older surrogate isn't especially dangerous.
"The risks have been very, pleasantly little in the older patients," fertility expert Dr. James Goldfarb tells ABC. "You would think there would be a much higher risk. But if the patient is screened medically, particularly cardiac-wise and kidney-wise, the experience using an older surrogate has been very positive."
Wow! Who knew?!
All the best to grandma, to mom - and to their new bundle of joy!