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Maine Grandmother Serves as Surrogate for Her Grandson

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Now that’s babysitting! Linda Sirois, 49, gave birth last week to a 7 pound, 14 ounce baby boy named Madden Herbert, who happens to be her grandson.

Sirois carried Madden in her uterus for nine months because her daughter, Angel Herbert, 25, has a heart condition and doctors had recently advised her not to get pregnant, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Sirois had previously said that she’d be willing to serve as surrogate for her daughter. So when Angel and her husband Brian, 29, learned last summer that pregnancy wasn’t in the cards for them, the daughter approached her mom: Was she serious about that offer? From the Press Herald:

Her mother gave her answer by immediately calling fertility clinics around the area. Most rejected Sirois because of her age, she said, but finally the Reproductive Science Center in Lexington, Mass., agreed as long as Sirois passed some tests.

She did and became pregnant the first time her daughter’s egg, fertilized with Brian Hebert’s sperm, was implanted.

Sirois, the mother of four before Madden, including twins, said the pregnancy may have been her easiest, with no morning sickness or complications.

Angel says the baby’s birth by C-section was “an awesome, awesome experience.” But Sirois is unassuming about her role in the birth. “I just saw it as I was babysitting for a few months,” she told the Press Herald. “It was their child all along. It was just a room for rent.”

Image: Sirois and Madden family photo via Portland Press Herald.



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Search Expands for Missing 20-Month-Old Maine Girl

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Ayla Reynolds, a 20-month-old girl who was reported missing Friday when she disappeared from her home in Waterville, Maine, is the subject of an expanded search by local authorities and the FBI, reports:

Ayla Reynolds was last seen Friday night by her father when he put her down for bed, Waterville, Maine, Police Chief Joseph Massey said. Ayla’s father later reported her missing.

“We’ll leave no stone unturned,” Massey told reporters Tuesday. “I’m not going to speculate on whether she’s alive, or when she’ll come home.”

He said police have around 75 officers working on the case and have received over 100 tips in a joint probe with the FBI, who is leading the expansion of the case.

The infant is described as having blond hair, being approximately 2 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 30 pounds.

She was last seen wearing green pajamas with white polka dots and the words “Daddy’s Princess” across the front.

Ayla’s family is cooperating and police do not have anyone connected to the case in custody, Massey reiterated.

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