It sounds like a headline from the National Enquirer or maybe the intro to one of those impossible riddles. But folks, this one is legit. A 51-year-old woman has given birth to her own grandchild.
Julie Loving gave the ultimate gift to her 29-year-old daughter, Breanna Lockwood. Breanna struggled for years with infertility. She experienced four failed embryo transfers, two miscarriages, and an ectopic pregnancy. The procedures left scar tissue on Breanna’s uterus making a successful pregnancy virtually impossible. That’s when her mom, Julie, stepped up to the plate.
Originally the doctors felt that at 51 years old, Julie was too old to act as a surrogate. Most surrogates are 40 years old or younger. But after extensive testing, they found her to be unusually capable for her age. She was given the green light and came through like a champ.
“Fortunately she got pregnant the very first time with the very first embryo.”
The family announced the good news on social media:
They say, “It takes a village to raise a child”, but for some it can take a village to HAVE a child… ⠀
We are happy to announce, finally, …⠀
BABY LOCKWOOD IS ON THE WAY! ⠀
Made with a lot of love, and a little bit of science…⠀
Baby Lockwood will be brought into this world via GESTATIONAL CARRIER, and this little miracle’s carrier is quite a special one. ⠀
My mom will be carrying and delivering our baby!⠀
The biggest supporter in my life is giving us our biggest blessing. My beautiful mama is carrying her first grandchild, Aaron and my biological child, as a gestational carrier!⠀
Aaron and I had our reproductive DNA taken, fertilized, tested, and frozen via IVF, as my mom breezed through every preliminary test she took, to be able to give us this gift. Defying the odds at 51 years old, she’s pushing reproductive science out of the box, as ONE of only a handful of surrogates NATIONWIDE to deliver their grandchild via gestational surrogacy!⠀
The trials and tribulations of infertility was undoubtedly the hardest venture we have had to face in our lives. ⠀
In short that included…⠀
64 blood draws⠀
7 surgical procedures ⠀
3 rounds of harvesting eggs⠀
19 frozen embryos ⠀
8 IVF frozen embryo transfers total⠀
4 failed embryo transfers⠀
1 singleton miscarriage⠀
1 twin miscarriage ⠀
1 ectopic pregnancy ⠀
Sharing this adventure with my mom has been the most unique and amazing experience. Surrogacy is truly the most selfless gift. She is the pure example of “you would do anything for your kids”, and if i can even be half of the mother she is, I know i’m doing something right…⠀
I want to give a special thanks to Dr. Kaplan with @fertilitycentersofillinois for his compassion and care in this field.⠀
Baby Lockwood we can’t wait to meet you…⠀
See you in November!”
The 51-year-old delivered her granddaughter as the gestational carrier on November 2, 2020. She was named Briar Juliette Lockwood — a sweet nod to her own mom.