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Mom was a surrogate for her daughter

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2022 | Surrogacy Law |

Many people long to have a family but learn that they have fertility issues. Some are able to conceive through IVF, but for others, it might not work. Gestational surrogacy is a wonderful option in California and around the country. Recently, one woman carried a baby for her own daughter.

What were the daughter’s fertility struggles?

A young woman married the love of her life in 2016 and tried to get pregnant immediately. Sadly, the couple had no success after a full year of trying. Then, in 2018, after moving to a different state, she met with a new gynecologist and was diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition that causes the lining of the uterus to grow beyond the normal area. It can lead to fertility struggles, so the woman had surgery and tried to get pregnant again through in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

After the IVF treatments, the couple was left with two remaining embryos. The pregnancy was normal until past the 30th week. The young woman began to experience serious side effects and had to have an emergency cesarean and her son was born at 33 weeks. She also learned that she has Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder.

Mom steps up to serve as a gestational surrogate

A year after their son was born, the young couple wanted to have another child. Because of the woman’s Sjogren’s syndrome, the doctor advised against it. That was when her 50-year-old mother stepped up and told her that she would volunteer to be a gestational surrogate. The young woman was delighted and immediately took her mother up on the incredible offer.

After being medically cleared to be a surrogate and getting her husband’s approval, the mom went ahead and underwent the embryo transfer procedure using one of the previous embryos. When the family was celebrating the little boy’s birthday, they learned that the new baby was a girl.

The young woman was overjoyed to learn that her son was going to have a baby sister. She also said she was happy to have one of each. The healthy girl was born in May 2022.