Most couples dream of the day they can become parents. Sometimes it happens without much planning, but there are times that it just doesn’t work out.
For some women who struggle with infertility, surrogacy is the answer, but finding the right surrogate can take months or even years, and it’s also expensive.
Breanna and Aaron Lockwood wanted to conceive immediately after their wedding, as Breanna’s grandfather’s cancer was progressing, and they wanted him to experience their joy before his passing.
Breanna, however, was having trouble getting pregnant. She and Aaron tried IVF several times, but they didn’t take, and it was costing them money, time, and considerable pain. She finally discovered she had Asherman’s syndrome, a condition that causes scar tissue in the uterus. This would make it difficult, if not impossible, to conceive.
Enter Breanna’s 51-year-old mom, Julie Loving, who was more than happy to help her out.
Loving is healthy—she’s a two-time Boston Marathon runner—and had no problem getting pregnant. She’s now her daughter’s gestational surrogate, meaning she’s carrying the couple’s biological child, and her grandchild!
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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.⠀ 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…⠀ ⠀ 1311 days⠀ 476 injections⠀ 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 ⠀ Countless tears⠀ ⠀ 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!
She said she didn’t hesitate to step in. “[I have] no doubt, no regrets… I love her so much I just wanted to help her.”
However, she did have to jump through a few hoops to make it happen, which included being seen by several specialists, including Breanna’s fertility doctor, a high-risk obstetrician, her OBGYN and primary care physician, and a psychologist. She passed every health test with flying colors.
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You can’t see…but big smiles behind the masks! 𝙷𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚛𝚍 𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚖𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛! In the beginning it felt like time was going so slow, weeks crept by…now they are flying! Even being so excited to meet her, wouldn’t mind them slowing down a little bit! Growth study today and baby girl was looking super cute! We were giggling and laughing at her little features and comparing them to my husband and me. We had the ultrasound tech cracking up! We can’t wait for our 4D ultrasound coming up! Delivery room thoughts have entered my brain lately and i’ve had some crazy dreams! What are your hospital bag must haves? Once we check in there’s no checking out, thanks to this crazy virus…making my lists now, any tips?
The baby is due November 12. Congratulations to the family on their bundle of joy!
Do you have any surrogacy stories of your own? Let us know in the comments below!