A 51-year old mother just gave birth to her biological grandchild in an ultimate act of love for her daughter.
About 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It should come as no surprise that more and more women are turning to unorthodox methods in order to conceive.
Infertility is generally described as 'not being able to get pregnant after a year of trying, or six months if you are aged over 35'. On November 2, 2020, one mother gave the ultimate gift to her daughter. The gift of life.
Julie Loving, who is 51-years-old, delivered a newborn with her daughter, Breanna Lockwood, by her side.
Little 𝑩𝒓𝒊𝒂𝒓 𝑱𝒖𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒆 𝑳𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒘𝒐𝒐𝒅 was born 11/2/20 at 2:24 pm, weighing 7 lbs 1 oz and measuring 19.25 inches.
Julie Loving was the gestational carrier for her daughter and son-in-law. A gestational carrier or gestational surrogate is an arrangement where a woman carries and delivers a child for another couple or person (intended parent[s]).
“It was definitely a surreal process,” Breanna told Good Morning America. “All the feelings came at once, just watching my mom go through everything and all she’s done for me and is continuing to do.” This is Breanna's first child. She had struggled with infertility for quite some time and before going this route, Breanna went through 1311 days of fertility treatments that included:
• 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
The mother-daughter team has a large following on Instagram, where they decided to share their surrogacy journey with more than 139,000 followers.
Breanna officially nicknamed the newborn “my little squish” and is currently enjoying the bliss that any mother will remember fondly. Her mother, Loving, was induced 10 days before her due date and had to undergo an emergency C-section.
"She definitely rocked the pregnancy and the birth rocked her a little bit, but she did a great job," said Lockwood. "It was a super emotional day with lots of tears and lots of happy times and some scary times but our doctors and team were great." Lockwood feels lucky that her mother was able to carry the baby for her. Had she needed an agency to find a gestational carrier, the process would have cost upwards of $100,000. Loving was a picture of health, having run 19 marathons and many triathlons.
Dr. Brian Kaplan, the reproductive endocrinologist at the Fertility Centers of Illinois and Lockwood's physician, explained that "it is important to note that this is a very, very uncommon situation, there were exceptional circumstances and exceptional relationships that made this possible," said Kaplan, who congratulates the family and shares their excitement in welcoming baby Briar.
"I saw Breanna endure a mountain of heartache and this celebratory milestone is long overdue."