A grandma in the US has done something many of us would never even dream about, selflessly giving birth to her grandchild via surrogacy.
Cecile Reynek Eledge, 61, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl for her son Matthew Eledge, 32, and his husband Elliot Dougherty 29.
Despite going through menopause 10 years earlier, Cecile stepped up to help her son, no doubt putting her body on the line and making huge sacrifices throughout the pregnancy.
Cecil then had a series of hormone treatments. Using Matthew’s sperm and eggs from Elliot’s sister Lea Yribe, doctors implanted several fertilised eggs in Cecil’s uterus, and remarkably she fell pregnant on the first attempt.
Uma Louise was born on March 25 in Nebraska Medical Centre in Omaha, weighing 2.6 kilograms.
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Well, holy smokes, y’all. Little tiny Uma Louise has ventured into this world and let me tell you, she is simply perfect. Carried and birthed by her 61 year old Grandmother, and created by her two Dads and loving Aunt, Uma is surrounded by an immense amount of love. Being a part of today was amazing. Cele, you are a warrior. @matt_eledge + @ephemeral.elliot, you’re already the best Dads. Can’t wait to watch you all grow. ♥️ P.S., EVERYONE TAG @theellenshow. Y’all know she’d love this.
The case is getting plenty of attention online, but the woman is far from unusual in having kids later in life. In 2016, a then-62-year-old Tasmania woman became Australia’s oldest mother, after giving birth to a daughter conceived through IVF with her 78-year-old partner.
Another Australian mother, Anthea Nicholas, made headlines in 2011, after giving birth to her now-six-year-old son at the age of 50, having fallen pregnant naturally. Burns told news.com.au that she and her husband were advised by their GP and our obstetrician to terminate the pregnancy. “We had to give it some serious consideration, but [husband] Pete was stronger than I was and felt really blessed,” she said of their decision to continue with the pregnancy.
The increasing trend of having babies later in life is a big change to previous generations. In the 1920s, the most common ages to have babies were between 20 and 29, and that remained the same in until the ’80s. But since then, the age of new mums has been rising, and now the median age for Australian women to give birth is 30.6 years, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Meanwhile, the number of mothers aged 40-44 has tripled over the past 30 years.