WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Julie Loving volunteered to be her daughter’s surrogate after the latter’s multiple failed pregnancies and miscarriages.
- At 51, Julie still has an active lifestyle, so she passed all screening tests to be eligible to be a surrogate.
- So the 51-year-old mom gave birth to her granddaughter last November 2 via an emergency C-section.
A mother would do anything for her children — even become a surrogate to her grandchild.
Take for example 51-year-old Julie Loving, who has just given birth to her granddaughter Briar Juliette Lockwood.
Julie said, “Seeing your daughter so sad for four years, it affects you. [So] I said, ‘Let me be your surrogate.’”
Her daughter, Breanna Lockwood, has had four failed embryo transfers, three miscarriages, and one ectopic pregnancy. She was also diagnosed with Asherman syndrome, an acquired condition that is a result of a damaged uterus and can cause permanent infertility.
A surrogacy would also be “out of reach financially” for Breanna and her husband due to its hefty price tag of at least $100,000.
With all the odds against her realizing her dream of becoming a mom, Breanna almost gave up hope — until her mom volunteered to carry her child.
Julie said, “I was talking to [my husband] Rick about it after her first miscarriage, and I told him that if it came to that, I would want to do it. I actually texted her, and she laughed, but I was very serious about it.”
Surrogates are typically 40 years old and under, according to the family’s fertility specialist, Dr. Brian Kaplan. But Julie’s active lifestyle — having run several triathlons and 19 marathons — would be worth a try.
Julie passed all screening tests. She was then implanted with Breanna and Aaron’s fertilized embryo.
After an emergency C-section, Julie gave birth to 7-lb., 1-oz. Briar Juliette last Nov. 2 at the AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois.
Breanna said, “It’s been a whirlwind of bottles, diapers, spit-up, and burping, and I could not be more in love and in awe of this little human. The feeling of how I would do absolutely anything for this child reflects back on what my mom did for me. The sacrifices she took to bring this little slice of heaven into our world takes my breath away.”