A 51-year-old North Dakota mom redefined the notion of maternal responsibility by being a surrogate for her daughter—ultimately giving birth to her own granddaughter!
How far would you be willing to go for your child?
One 51-year-old North Dakota mom redefined the notion of maternal responsibility... when she decided to serve as a surrogate for her daughter—ultimately giving birth to her own granddaughter!
Daughter Mandy Stephens tried to get pregnant shortly after her wedding in 2013, but struggled, eventually opting for IVF. She did become pregnant with the assistance, but went into early labor and lost the baby.
"There's so much excitement. You carry the baby for so long, and then it's all ripped apart and taken away," she told Good Morning America. "Your whole world stops." Doctors told Stephens she'd be at risk for early labor again if she kept trying.
Stephens' mom, Sherri Dickson, wanted to mitigate her daughter's pain. "Watching your child lose a child is the definition of sadness," she told GMA. "I can't describe it any other way. It breaks your heart."
So although Dickson has multiple sclerosis, and three adult children of her own, she offered to become a surrogate for her daughter, and carry her own grandchild. After two IVF attempts, Dickson got pregnant... and actually characterized her pregnancy as "easy."
However, she did say delivery was harder than it was when she birthed her last baby 18 years ago! The latest addition, her granddaughter, was born four weeks ago.
"It's indescribable," Dickson told GMA. "There are times I look at ... [the baby] and say, 'We did that, you know?' We gave her what she wants. Not that you ever make up for a baby you lost but you give someone that hope, you know?"
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Alesandra Dubin is a mom to one-year-old boy-girl twins. She's also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.